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.
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.