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Also Known As: Died: July 6, 1967
Born: June 2, 1877 Cause of Death: unknown
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Cast (feature film)

Devil's Doorway (1950) as Thundercloud
A Native American Civil War hero returns home to fight for his people.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) as Pony-That-Walks
An aging Cavalry officer tries to prevent an Indian war in the last days before his retirement.
Hudson's Bay (1941) as Chief
Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.
Western Union (1941) as Chief Spotted Horse
An outlaw goes straight to work for the telegraph company, which puts him in conflict with his lawless brother.
Brigham Young--Frontiersman (1940) as Big Elk
Two young Mormons struggle to survive their people''''s journey to a new home in the West.
Destry Rides Again (1939) as Indian
A deputy who''s sworn not to shoot again takes on a corrupt town boss and a sultry saloon singer.
Susannah of the Mounties (1939) as Chief
Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie (Scott) and his girlfriend (Lockwood) take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from the stake only by Shirley's intervention with the Indian chief.
Stagecoach (1939) as Indian scout
A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) as Blue Black
A young couple fights off Indian attacks to start a farm in the Mohawk Valley.
The Girl of the Golden West (1938) as Indian chief, in Prologue
A frontierswoman shelters a notorious outlaw.
Hills of Old Wyoming (1937) as Himself
In the 10th film of the 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies, Russell Hayden makes his first (of 27 consecutive) appearances as Cassidy's sidekick/protege "Lucky" Jenkins. The character's actual name in the many Clarence E. Mulford books that featured him was "Mesquite" Jenkins, and Hayden's role was billed in this film as Mesquite "Lucky" Jenkins, and this film was the first and last mention of Mesquite Jenkins. This initial pairing of the trio of William Boyd,Russell Hayden and George Hayes(who only became known as "Gabby" when he wasn't allowed by Paramount to carry his "Windy" moniker to Republic when he departed the Cassidy series, which makes any pre-1939 cast listing showing a credit listing for a George "Gabby" Hayes a misnomer and in error for those who don't care for revisionist film history) is the one that many western-film and/or Cassidy devotees consider the best of all the trio pairings in the series. This one finds the ranchers near a Wyoming Indian reservation suffering heavy losses because of cattle rustlers that leave signs that the Indians are the culprits. Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) and his pals, Mesquite "Lucky" Jenkins (Russell Hayden) and "Windy" Halliday (George Hayes) buy the Bar Three ranch in the territory, and Cassidy suspects Andrews (Morris Ankrum as Stephen Morris), the deputy government agent in charge of the reservation, of being the head of the rustlers. When Lone Eagle (Steve Clemente), a half-breed secretly working with the gang, is found murdered, Andrews incites the Indians to make war on the white men. Cassidy, as the leader of the ranchers, gains the confidence of the Indian chief (Chief John Big Tree, in a role not unsimilar to his later one pow-wowing with John Wayne in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon") by pointing out that Lone Eagle was "half-bad because he was half-white", and with the help of an Indian scout proves that Andrews killed Lone Eagle. The Indians then join forces with the ranchers in a Cassidy-led mounted charge against the rustler's stronghold, with the effective agitato score written by Lee Zahler for the earlier "Borderland" as the stirring background music.
Lost Horizon (1937) as Porter
Four fugitives from a Chinese revolution discover a lost world of peace and harmony.
Maid of Salem (1937) as Indian
Young lovers (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined.
Custer's Last Stand (1936) as Medicine man
When some men are attacked by Indians, a survivor obtains an Indian medicine arrow. An Indian tells Blade he has found gold but will not tell him where until he has that arrow. So Blade starts killing the survivors of the attack but fails to get the arrow. One of the men he kills is John Cardigan and Kit Cardigan, a Scout for Custer, now starts looking for the killer of his father.
The Singing Vagabond (1935) as White Eagle
Humiliated by her Aunt Hortense (Grace Goodall), Lettie Morgan (Ann Rutherford) runs away from home. Mixing with a troupe of show girls, led by Otto (Henry Roquemore), she is mistaken for the expected leading lady and heads for California with their wagons. They miss the main wagon train and are attacked just as they cross the California border, but are rescued by Captain Tex Autry (Gene Autry) and his troop. Lettie believes Tex has been insolent for condemning the show troupe being on their own unprotected, and reports him to Colonel Seward (Frank LaRue) at Fort Henry. Horses are stolen from the fort that night by renegades led by Buck LaCrosse (Warner Richmond) and Utah Joe (Alan Sears), and when Tex goes in pursuit, he is believed to be a traitor, captured and condemned to death. Judge Lane (Niles Welch), in on the plot and hankering for Lettie, is asked by Lettie to intercede, but he double-crosses her. Aided by his pals, Frog (Smiley Burnette) and Buffalo (Bob Burns), Tex escapes and takes after the wagon train with which Lettie and the troupe of show girls has gone.
The Cat's-Paw (1934) as Chinese guard
Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade.
Last of the Mohicans, The (1932)
Natty Bumppo, known as Hawk-Eye, is a frontiersman in the American wilderness. Together with his Indian friends Chingachgook and Uncas, he fights battles against nefarious white soldiers as well as the vicious Indian Magua and his cohorts.
Red Fork Range (1931) as Chief Barking Fox
Sioux Blood (1929) as Crazy Wolf
Two young brothers are separated during an Indian raid and the one raised by whites becomes an Indian scout, while the other becomes a courageous Brave. The two meet when one sets out with his girl to save her father imprisoned by the Indians.
The Overland Telegraph (1929) as Medicine man
Wyoming (1928) as An Indian
The Frontiersman (1927) as Grey Eagle
Painted Ponies (1927) as
Winners of the Wilderness (1927) as Pontiac
Able wilderness fighter Colonel O'Hara loves Rene, daughter of the commander of the French forces during the French and Indian War. The Indians, under Pontiac, kidnap Rene. O'Hara hopes to rescue and wed her.
Spoilers of the West (1927) as Red Cloud
The Desert's Toll (1926) as Red Eagle
The Frontier Trail (1926) as Chief Gray Wolf
Ranson's Folly (1926) as Chief Standing Bear
The Iron Horse (1925) as Cheyenne Chief
A pony express rider honors his father''''s memory by helping build the transcontinental railway.
The Red Rider (1925) as Indian chiefs
The Huntress (1923) as Otebaya
The Primitive Lover (1922) as Indian chief
By Right of Birth (1921) as John Childers
The Spirit of '76 (1917) as Gowah

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