Graham Greene


Actor

About

Birth Place
Brantford, Ontario, CA
Born
June 22, 1952

Biography

Native American actor who gained fame as Kicking Bird, friend and mentor to Kevin Costner, in "Dances with Wolves" (1990). A full-blooded Oneida, Greene was born on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Prior to his "Dances with Wolves" success, he appeared with Al Pacino in the Revolutionary War misfire, "Revolution" (1985), co-starred with Robby Benson in "Running Brave" (1983), ...

Family & Companions

Hilary Blackmore
Wife
Stage manager.

Biography

Native American actor who gained fame as Kicking Bird, friend and mentor to Kevin Costner, in "Dances with Wolves" (1990). A full-blooded Oneida, Greene was born on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Prior to his "Dances with Wolves" success, he appeared with Al Pacino in the Revolutionary War misfire, "Revolution" (1985), co-starred with Robby Benson in "Running Brave" (1983), and played a Vietnam vet in the comedy adventure, "Powwow Highway" (1988).

After "Dancing" Greene began making frequent appearances on TV, generally playing quietly dignified characters on shows like "L.A. Law," "Northern Exposure" and "Murder, She Wrote." He also proved effective in less traditional fare such as "Where the Spirit Lives" (1990) for PBS' "American Playhouse" and the HBO film "The Last of His Tribe" (1992), in which he played the last survivor of the Yahi nation. He turned in a superb, laconic performance as a reservation cop who teaches rookie F.B.I. man Val Kilmer a thing or two in Michael Apted's sober environmental thriller, "Thunderheart" (1992). Greene also remained active in the Toronto theater community, where he has appeared in over a dozen productions.

The actor continued to rack up an impressive roster of film and TV credits--typically playing unconventional Native American characters or cops, most notably in such films as Richard Donner's freewheling feature version of the TV classic Western "Maverick" (1994) opposite Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster; director Rob Reiner's comedic misfire "North" (1994), Bruce Willis' action sequel "Die Hard With a Vengeance" (1995), the well-regarded family film "The Education of Little Tree" (1997), "Grey Owl" (1999) the story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper (Pierce Brosnan) turned conservationist who claimed to be a Native American; director Frank Darabount's adaptation of author Stephen King's supernatural prison drama "The Green Mile" (1999), and Disney's dopey sled dog comedy "Snow Dogs" (2002). On television, Greene had a recurring role on the series "Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family" (2000-2001), was a regualr on the CBS's short-lived supernatural series "Wolf Lake" (2001), and was featured in the miniseries "Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion" (2003) and as Conquering Bear the Steven Spielberg-produced epic "Into the West" (TNT, 2005). Back on the big screen, Greene had a memorably warm, romantic turn as Calvin Manygoats, a truckdriver who becomes smitten with a woman who, unbeknownst to him, is a preoperative transexual traveling cross country with the troubled teen hustler she fathered in her early life as a man in "Transamerica" (2005).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Finding Love...Again (1999)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

We Are Boats (2018)
Wind River (2017)
Molly's Game (2017)
The Shack (2017)
Unnatural (2015)
Winter's Tale (2014)
Chasing Shakespeare (2014)
Attack from Beneath (2013)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
When I Find the Ocean (2008)
A Lobster Tale (2008)
Breakfast With Scot (2007)
Just Buried (2007)
Transamerica (2005)
Buffalo Dreams (2005)
Skins (2002)
Mogie Yellow Lodge
Snow Dogs (2002)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Joe Menzies
Christmas in the Clouds (2001)
Desire (2000)
Detective
The Green Mile (1999)
Song of Hiawatha (1999)
O Kagh
Bad Money (1999)
Touched (1999)
Grey Owl (1999)
Jim Bernard
Misery Harbour (1999)
Burly
Stranger in Town (1998)
Eddie Lester
Shattered Image (1998)
Conrad; Mike
The Herd (1998)
Voice
Heart of the Sun (1998)
Dead Innocent (1997)
Mike Balvalori
The Education of Little Tree (1997)
Wounded (1997)
Rollins
The Hired Heart (1997)
The Pathfinder (1996)
Chingachgook
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
Sabotage (1995)
Tolliver
Camilla (1994)
Hunt Weller
Medicine River (1994)
Will
Maverick (1994)
Huck and the King of Hearts (1994)
North (1994)
Savage Land (1994)
Broken Chain (1993)
Cooperstown (1993)
Benefit of the Doubt (1993)
Thunderheart (1992)
Rain Without Thunder (1992)
The Last of His Tribe (1992)
Clearcut (1991)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Powwow Highway (1988)
Vietnam Vet
Revolution (1985)
Running Brave (1983)
Looks and Smiles (1981)
Mick Walsh

Writer (Feature Film)

Finding Love...Again (1999)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Finding Love...Again (1999)
Producer

Cast (Special)

Red Green Live '02 (2002)
Independence Day 2001 (2001)
Secrets of Forensic Science (1999)
Great Drives (1996)
The Way West (1995)
Voice
500 Nations (1995)
Voice
The Wild West (1993)
Voice
Wolf: Return of a Legend (1993)
Narration
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Voice
The 13th Annual ACE Awards (1992)
Performer
Where the Spirit Lives (1989)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

A Thief of Time (2003)
Big Spender (2003)
Coyote Waits (2003)
Spirit Rider (1994)
Rugged Gold (1994)
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving (1993)
Narrator
Lost in the Barrens (1991)

Life Events

1979

Made TV debut in an episode of the Canadian drama, "The Great Detective"

1983

Earliest feature film credits include "Running Brave"

1985

Had a small role in "Revolution," starring Al Pacino and Donald Sutherland

1990

Breakthrough role as Kicking Bird in Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

1992

Co-starred in "Thunderheart," with Val Kilmer

1992

Had a recurring role in CBS' "Northern Exposure" as Leonard

1994

Began appearing as Mr. Crabby Tree in the children's series, "The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon"

1994

Had a recurring role on the Canadian series, "The Red Green Show," as Edgar K. B. Montrose

1994

Appeared in Richard Donner's Western, "Maverick"

1995

Played Detective Joe Lambert in "Die Hard with a Vengeance"

1999

Cast as Arlen Bitterbuck, a Native American on death row, in the Oscar-nominated, "The Green Mile"

2001

Starred in the short-run CBS series, "Wolf Lake"

2002

Cast as Peter Yellowbear in "Snow Dogs," starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

2005

Played the potential love interest of a pre-operative transsexual woman (Felicity Huffman) in "TransAmerica"

2005

Co-starred in Steven Spielberg's TNT miniseries, "Into the West"

2007

Appeared as Shylock in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of "The Merchant of Venice"

2009

Cast in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" as Harry Clearwater, Charlie Swan's old friend

Family

John Greene
Father
Ambulance driver.
Lillian Greene
Mother

Companions

Hilary Blackmore
Wife
Stage manager.

Bibliography