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What do Geronimo, Red Cloud and Black Kettle have in common? They've all been portrayed by  Cherokee actor Wes Strudi. The actor has appeared in over 50 film and TV roles including Dances with Wolves, Crazy Horse, Into the West and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Studi was born on December 17, 1947 in Norfire Hollow, Oklahoma. Drafted into the US Army in 1967 he served 18 months with the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam.

As an Indian activist Wes was arrested, in 1973, and charged with Insurrection while being a protester at Wounded Knee South Dakota. He became a reporter for theTulsa Indian Newsthen joined theAmerican Indian Theater Companyin 1982. This led him to move to Los Angeles, California, in 1986 in pursuit of an acting career. In 1988 he got his first role in the indie filmPowwow Highway.From there he has gone on to bigger and better parts even being the lead inGeronimo: An American Legend.

He is due to appear in the upcoming movieThe Hard Ridewhich is about a gunfighter in 1876  Dakota Territory. If all goes well it is due to be released in 2013. Wes Studi now resides in Santa Fe New Mexico.

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Comment by Carbine on January 1, 2012 at 9:48pm

Just seen Wes Studi is in the AMC mini series Hell on Wheels.

Comment by Carbine on January 1, 2012 at 10:23am

Thanks for the link Milt. Studi was excellent as Geronimo. This short video proves it.

Comment by dirtrider on December 31, 2011 at 9:57pm

Very good link on some of his work. Quite an enjoyable clip.

Wes Studi As Geronimo-An American Legend

Comment by Carbine on December 18, 2011 at 7:15pm

I think when he spoke his native tongue it was a PBS special produced by Ken Burns. I could be mistaken but it might have been "Into the West".  I never met Geronimo but after seeing Studi portray the Apache Chief I know I wouldn't want to be on his bad side! Lol. To bad Geronimo; An American Legnd  isn't more true to history. It could have been a great movie. 

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