Tantoo Cardinal

Actor, Playwright (radio dramas)
The tall, lanky, Tantoo Cardinal is a metis, the term in Canada applying to those of mixed Native American and European descent. Raised among the Cree, she turned her political activism into an acting career that has ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1950 in Anzac, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Penny Dreadful 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arq 2015 (Movie)

The Pope (Actor)

Strange Empire: Rise of the Women 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grizzlies 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chasing Shakespeare 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maïna 2014 (Movie)

Tekahera (Actor)

Eden 2013 (Movie)

The Nurse (Actor)

Me, Mom, Dad and Her 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Older Than America 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mothers & Daughters 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Unnatural & Accidental 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Memory 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Light of Reverence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Lost Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Stranger in the Kingdom 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Bear 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Postmark Paradise 1999 (Movie)

Reenie (Actor)

The Hi-Line 1999 (Movie)

Singing Bird (Actor)

Heartwood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Smoke Signals 1998 (Movie)

Arlene Joseph (Actor)

The Education of Little Tree 1997 (Movie)

Granma (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Grand Avenue 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

By Way of the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Harts of the West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

Pet (Actor)

Silent Tongue 1994 (Movie)

Silent Tongue (Actor)

Where the Rivers Flow North 1994 (Movie)

Bangor (Actor)

Black Robe 1991 (Movie)

Chomina's Wife (Actor)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

Black Shawl (Actor)

War Party 1989 (Movie)

Sonny's Mother (Actor)

Candy Mountain 1988 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Loyalties 1987 (Movie)

Rosanne Ladouceur (Actor)

Running Brave 1983 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Death Hunt 1980 (Movie)

Indian Woman (Actor)

Marie-Anne 1977 (Movie)

Tantoo (Actor)

A Thief of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Prudence (TV Show)

Actor

Dodson's Journey (TV Show)

Actor

DreamKeeper (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV Show)

Actor

Longmire (Tv Show)

Actor

Navigating the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Spirit Rider (TV Show)

Actor

Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV Show)

Actor

The Lightning Incident (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Christmas (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Education of Little Tree 1997 (Movie)

("Cherokee Lullaby") (Song Performer)

Biography

The tall, lanky, Tantoo Cardinal is a metis, the term in Canada applying to those of mixed Native American and European descent. Raised among the Cree, she turned her political activism into an acting career that has included roles as the knowing wife of the Medicine Man in "Dances With Wolves" (1990), the poignant childless companion of Rip Torn in "Where the Rivers Flow North" (1993) and the mother of Brad Pitt's wife in "Legends of the Fall" (1994).

Relationships

Julia Cardinal

Mother

Bryan Martin

Step-Son

Eric Martin

Step-Son

Annie Lawlor

Daughter
father, John Lawlor

John Lawlor

Husband
married on January 14, 1988 father of Cardinal's two daughters

Riel Lawlor

Daughter
father, John Lawlor

Fred Martin

Husband
married in 1968 divorced in 1976 father of Cardinal's son Cheyenne

Cheyenne Martin

Son
father, Fred Martin

Beaver Richards

Companion
father of Cardinal's son Clifford

Clifford Richards

Son
father, Beaver Richards

EDUCATION

Bonnie Doon High School

Edmonton , Alberta

Milestones

2000

Co-starred with Mercedes Ruehl in "The Lost Child", a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation

2000

Acted in "The Hi-Line"

1998

Had featured role in the acclaimed "Smoke Signals"; premiered at Sundance Film Festival

1997

Portrayed the title character's grandmother in "The Education of Little Tree"

1996

Co-starred in the HBO series "Grand Avenue"

1994

Was featured in the TNT original "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee"

1994

Played supporting role in "Legends of the Fall"

1993

Had recurring role as Snow Bird on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (CBS)

1993

Had title role of "Silent Tongue"

1991

Appeared in Bruce Beresford's drama about missionaries among the Canadian Indians, "Black Robe"

1990

Played Black Shawl in Kevin Costner's "Dances With Wolves"

1987

Made US TV debut in "Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge" (CBS)

1986

Moved to the USA

1978

Acted in the Canadian TV drama "Marie-Anne"; billed as Tantoo Martin

1975

Film acting debut "He Comes Without Calling"

1970

Made film debut in a short docudrama on the life of 19th-century missionary Albert Lacombe, "Father Lacombe" (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Co-starred with Kris Kristofferson in "Disappearances" (lensed 2000)

Was president of a youth organization working to build schools on Indian reservations

Bonus Trivia

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Cardinal was honored in 1994 at the Winds and Glacier Voices II: The Native American Film and Media Celebration at New York's Lincoln Center.

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In 1994, Cardinal and actor Larry Sellers were recipients of the First Americans in the Arts Awards for their performances in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."

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