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Birth Place: Profession: actor, fiddle player, rodeo rider, volunteer child counselor, cowboy, oil field worker, wrangler

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Michael Horse is a character actor whose roles have frequently emphasized his Native American heritage. Straight out of the gate, in his first screen role, Horse was cast as Tonto in "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," the 1981 western film version of the legendary radio and TV program that was not at all well-received, despite appearances by respected actors like Jason Robards and Christopher Lloyd (The film even earned a few Razzie Awards). Horse's roles through the decade, mainly playing Indians, did not fare much better, though they weren't nearly as visible as "The Lone Ranger" film. In 1990, however, Horse landed a recurring role on David Lynch's brief but culturally pervasive crime mystery, "Twin Peaks," playing Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill, appearing in 28 episodes over the series' two seasons. Horse's scenes were cut from the 1992 film prequel, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me," but that same year, he earned a supporting part in the successful Wesley Snipes airplane crime thriller, "Passenger 57," playing the curiously-named Forget. In 2002, Horse provided the voice of Little Creek's Friend for the Dreamworks animated movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," but otherwise, his film projects have...

Michael Horse is a character actor whose roles have frequently emphasized his Native American heritage. Straight out of the gate, in his first screen role, Horse was cast as Tonto in "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," the 1981 western film version of the legendary radio and TV program that was not at all well-received, despite appearances by respected actors like Jason Robards and Christopher Lloyd (The film even earned a few Razzie Awards). Horse's roles through the decade, mainly playing Indians, did not fare much better, though they weren't nearly as visible as "The Lone Ranger" film. In 1990, however, Horse landed a recurring role on David Lynch's brief but culturally pervasive crime mystery, "Twin Peaks," playing Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill, appearing in 28 episodes over the series' two seasons. Horse's scenes were cut from the 1992 film prequel, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me," but that same year, he earned a supporting part in the successful Wesley Snipes airplane crime thriller, "Passenger 57," playing the curiously-named Forget. In 2002, Horse provided the voice of Little Creek's Friend for the Dreamworks animated movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," but otherwise, his film projects have been marginal. On television, he has found numerous recurring roles, most substantially as Andrew One Sky on the drama "North of 60" (from 1995 to 1997) and as Mike Proudfoot on the comedy "Sons of Tuscon" in 2010. Horse is also an artist, who specializes in Native American themed paintings and jewelry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bone Eater (2008)
3.
 Navajo Blues (1997)
4.
 Riders in the Storm (1995) Dirty Bob
5.
 Skeeter (1994)
6.
 Lakota Woman: Return to Wounded Knee (1994) Dennis Banks
7.
 House Of Cards (1993) Stoker
8.
 Passenger 57 (1992) Forget
9.
 Border Shootout (1990)
10.
 Deadly Weapon (1988) Indian Joe
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Moved with family to San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles at age 10; began creating silver jewlery during early childhood
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Supported himself as an oil worker in Texas, a wrangler, a cowboy, a rodeo rider and a fiddler with bluegrass and country-music bands
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Served in Vietnam as a gunner in the Mekong Delta; wounded twice
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Returned to Los Angeles to concentrate on career as silver artisan
1981:
Feature acting debut as Tonto in "The Legend of the Lone Ranger"
1982:
TV movie debut, "I Love Liberty"
1985:
Regular role on TV series, "Hollywood Beat"
1989:
Regular role on David Lynch's TV series, "Twin Peaks"
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Education

American Indian Art Institute: -

Notes

Horse's mother and aunts are widely known as American Indian potters and painters. He himself is known for the inlaid gold and silver jewlery pieces he creates and shows in galleries and museums around the world. Horse spent time in the Mekong Delta as a gunner during Vietnam, and was wounded twice. He is of Zuni, Mescalero apache, and Yaqui as well as Hispanic and Swedish descent. Horse counsels inner-city youth in LA on a volunteer basis.

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