Wes Studi

Actor, Voice actor, Newspaper reporter
This often intimidating but charismatic and ruggedly handsome actor of full-blooded Cherokee heritage enhanced several thoughtful Hollywood Westerns of the 1990s by thoroughly embodying roles that would have once been ... Read more »
Born: 12/17/1947 in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

The Condemned 2 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014 (Movie)

Cochise (Actor)

Miracle at Sage Creek 2014 (Movie)

Chief Thomas (Actor)

Planes: Fire and Rescue 2014 (Movie)

Windlifter (Voice)

Road to Paloma 2014 (Movie)

Numay (Actor)

Battledogs 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Hell on Wheels 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Eytukan (Actor)

Call of the Wild 3-D 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Older Than America 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seraphim Falls 2007 (Movie)

Charon (Actor)

Three Priests 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Only Good Indian 2006 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Christmas in the Clouds 2005 (Movie)

Wes Studi (Actor)

Cosmic Radio 2005 (Movie)

Sherriff Mike Nighthorse (Actor)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

Opechancanough (Actor)

Animal 2004 (Movie)

Creeper (Actor)

Skinwalkers 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lone Ranger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

Mingo Pace (Actor)

Road to Redemption 2001 (Movie)

Frank Lightfoot (Actor)

Warrior in Two Worlds 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wild Horses: An American Romance 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wind River 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

The Sphinx (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Rising 1998 (Movie)

Hanover (Actor)

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazon Warrior 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soundman 1997 (Movie)

Terry Leonard (Actor)

Crazy Horse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of the Oregon Trail 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Casals (Actor)

Indian America: A Gift From the Past 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Killing Jar 1995 (Movie)

Cameron (Actor)

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Street Fighter 1994 (Movie)

Sagat (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

Geronimo (Actor)

Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In the White Man's Image 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

Magua (Actor)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Indian in Desert (Actor)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

Toughest Pawnee (Actor)

Powwow Highway 1989 (Movie)

Bull (Actor)

A Thief of Time (TV Show)

Actor

Coyote Waits (TV Show)

Actor

Edge of America (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Laredo (Movie)

(Actor)

Superfire (TV Show)

Actor

The Broken Chain (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Road (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

This often intimidating but charismatic and ruggedly handsome actor of full-blooded Cherokee heritage enhanced several thoughtful Hollywood Westerns of the 1990s by thoroughly embodying roles that would have once been mere stereotypes and imbuing them with depth and dignity. The intense and muscular Studi first gained attention playing the "toughest" of the Pawnees in Kevin Costner's ambitious and well-meaning revisionist work "Dances With Wolves" (1990). He also lent his powerful presence to Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (1991), as the silent Indian in the desert, before coming into his own as a film and TV character player.

Relationships

Maura Dhu

Wife
third wife born c. 1954 met in 1988 has one child with Studi father was actor Jack Albertson who appeared in the films "The Subject Was Roses" (1968) and "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and starred in TV's "Chico and the Man"

Rebecca Graves

Wife
Cherokee married 1974 divorced 1982 had two children with Studi

Leah Studi

Daughter
born c. 1980 mother Rebecca Graves

Daniel Studi

Son
born 1986 mother Rebecca Graves

Kholan Studi

Son
born October 29, 1993 in Santa Fe, New Mexico mother Maura Dhu

Andy Studie

Father

Maggie Studie

Mother

EDUCATION

Tulsa Junior College

Tulsa , Oklahoma

Milestones

2005

Co-starred in the Steven Spielberg produced "Into the West" (TNT)

2005

Cast in the Terrence Malick-scripted drama "The New World," about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers

2002

Starred alongside Adam Beach in the PBS "Mystery!" production "Skinwalkers", directed by Chris Eyre

1998

Appeared in "Deep Rising"

1995

TV miniseries debut, "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'", a sequel to "Lonesome Dove"

1993

Appeared on HBO in "American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration", reciting "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in English and Cherokee

1993

Starred as the title character in the biopic "Geronimo: An American Legend"

1993

Cast as One Horse, a regular on the short-lived CBS Western "Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times"

1993

Provided the voice of Crazy Horse for the syndicated Western documentary series, "The Wild West"

1992

First TV credit for voice work, provided a voice for "In the White Man's Image", a presentation of the PBS documentary series "The American Experience"

1992

First film in a major role, "The Last of the Mohicans"

1990

Did a guest shot on the superhero series "The Flash"

1988

Made TV debut in a small role of the ABC TV-movie, "Longarm"

1988

Feature acting debut, "Powwow Highway"

1986

Moved to Los Angeles

1984

Professional stage debut in "Black Elk Speaks"

1983

Joined the American Indian Theater Company in Tulsa

1973

Joined the American Indian Movement in the occupation of Wounded Knee, SD

1972

Joined the Trail of Broken Treaties protest march

1967

Served a tour of duty in Vietnam after high school

1964

Graduated high school

1947

Spoke native Cherokee until entering school at age five

Joining the cast of "Comanche Moon," Larry McMurtry's prequel to his western saga "Lonesome Dove"

Worked in educational TV in Nebraska

Worked as a reporter for the Tulsa "Indian News"

Helped start a Cherokee newspaper while attending college

Taught the Cherokee language in college

Began periodically performing his own one-man show, "Coyote Chews His Own Tail", which debuted at the West Coast Ensemble Theater in Hollywood

Raised in northeastern Oklahoma

Bonus Trivia

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His last name is pronounced STEW-dee.

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Studi is the author of two books for the Cherokee Bilingual/Cross Cultural Education Center. He also did the translations into Cherokee, his native language, for Robert Schenkkan's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage drama, "The Kentucky Cycle".

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