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Also Known As: Geswanouth Slahoot Died: September 23, 1981
Born: July 24, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: North Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Profession: actor

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Native American character actor who made his mark in features late in life with several memorable performances. Chief Dan George first came to prominence with his Oscar-nominated supporting role as the philosophical tribesman who adopts Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Penn's offbeat, time-spanning saga "Little Big Man" (1970). Over the next decade he made half a dozen other feature appearances, often in sizable roles, and he also played Old Sioux in the memorable TV miniseries epic "Centennial" (1978-79). Sometimes his presence signified a bland kind of Hollywood liberalism ("The Bears and I" 1974), but he did provide a handful of memorable cameos ("Harry and Tonto" 1974) and a hilarious turn as Clint Eastwood's bumbling traveling companion in the superior "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976). Chief Dan George also made several small films in his native Canada and often added a dignified strength and depth to his roles in his brief but impressive career.

Native American character actor who made his mark in features late in life with several memorable performances. Chief Dan George first came to prominence with his Oscar-nominated supporting role as the philosophical tribesman who adopts Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Penn's offbeat, time-spanning saga "Little Big Man" (1970). Over the next decade he made half a dozen other feature appearances, often in sizable roles, and he also played Old Sioux in the memorable TV miniseries epic "Centennial" (1978-79). Sometimes his presence signified a bland kind of Hollywood liberalism ("The Bears and I" 1974), but he did provide a handful of memorable cameos ("Harry and Tonto" 1974) and a hilarious turn as Clint Eastwood's bumbling traveling companion in the superior "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976). Chief Dan George also made several small films in his native Canada and often added a dignified strength and depth to his roles in his brief but impressive career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Americathon (1979) Sam Birdwater
2.
 Spirit of the Wind (1979) Moses
3.
 Shadow Of The Hawk (1976) Old Man Hawk
4.
 The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Lone Watie
5.
 Alien Thunder (1975)
6.
 Cold Journey (1975)
7.
 Bears And I, The (1974) Chief A-Tas-Ka-Nay
8.
 Harry and Tonto (1974) Old Indian
9.
 Little Big Man (1970) Old Lodge Skins
10.
 Smith! (1969) Ol' Antoine
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1969:
Made feature film debut in "Smith!"
1970:
Played first prominent film role in "Little Big Man"
1972:
Appeared on the NBC variety special, "Special London Bridge Special"
1978:
Played Old Sioux in the twelve-part NBC-TV miniseries, "Centennial"
1979:
Last film, "Americathon"
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Notes

Inducted into the First Americans in the Arts Hall of Fame in 1998.

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