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Wes Studi to Be Second American Indian Inducted into 'Hall of Great Western Performers'

On Saturday, Cherokee actor Wes Studi will become just the second Native American actor inducted into the 'Hall of Great Western Performers' at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The other, Jay Silverheels, famed for playing Tonto on the Lone Ranger television series and in movies, was inducted in 1993.

Alsoo being inducted on Saturday are non-Native actors Duncan Reynaldo (1904-1980), known for his roles as the Cisco Kid; Leo Carrillo (1881-1961), who played the Kid’s sidekick, Pancho, and Robert Mitchum (1917-1997). In an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican, Studi quipped that his inclusion is extra-special because, out of the class of 2013, “I’m the only one who’s still alive.”

Studi's best-known films include Dances With Wolves (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), in which he played the Apache leader. More recently, he was prominently featured in Avatar (2009) and the AMC western series Hell on Wheels.

Studi will have a number of films in theaters in 2013 and 2014, but draws particular attention to Road to Paloma for its relevance to current events. “It’s basically an action-biker kind of movie,” he told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “But its core story has to do with domestic violence against women on reservations in Indian country by people not of the reservations or Indian country and the ability of tribal authorities to actually prosecute those crimes. While we stepped up a little bit in terms of the Violence Against Women Act that was signed within the past month ... it’s a very small half-step in the right direction.”

This summer, he'll be filming what one would expect to be a very different kind of Western, A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedy written and directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
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Responses to "Actor Wes Studi to be in Western 'Hall of Greats'"

  1. Well deserved!! Fine actor. Amazing man.

  2. invite 2 Wes Studi 4 Yakama Nation Women's Wellness Conference & @ same time (May 16-19, 2013) The Yakama Valley Fellowship revival. Truelly hope Wes Studi wud get this special invite 4 a great insite in2 Yakama Nation.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations!

  4. Oh, yeah... love me some Wes Studi!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, love this actor. Great work!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Terrific actor ! A real Natural in front of the screen .

  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations , love to see him and other native Americans recognized for their abilities. And I do love Wes Studi.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great accomplishment! Congratulations!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Alaskan Aleut says Well deserved!!!!!! Great actor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how you have to be stero-typed to be yourself,wrong spelling, get over it....

  11. Wes Studi is a true Warrior keeping his People in focus before the eyes of the mainstream, he is passing on knowledge and an understanding of what his People have suffered since colonisation, he is upholding his Culture and paying respect and homage to the greatness if his People and his Culture..he is an inspiring and gifted Man and I'm sure his Ancestors are immensely Proud!!

  12. Wes Studi is a true Warrior keeping his People in focus before the eyes of the mainstream, he is passing on knowledge and an understanding of what his People have suffered since colonisation, he is upholding his Culture and paying respect and homage to the greatness if his People and his Culture..he is an inspiring and gifted Man and I'm sure his Ancestors are immensely Proud!!

  13. Wes Studi is a true Warrior keeping his People in focus before the eyes of the mainstream, he is passing on knowledge and an understanding of what his People have suffered since colonisation, he is upholding his Culture and paying respect and homage to the greatness if his People and his Culture..he is an inspiring and gifted Man and I'm sure his Ancestors are immensely Proud!!

  14. Wes Studi is a true Warrior keeping his People in focus before the eyes of the mainstream, he is passing on knowledge and an understanding of what his People have suffered since colonisation, he is upholding his Culture and paying respect and homage to the greatness if his People and his Culture..he is an inspiring and gifted Man and I'm sure his Ancestors are immensely Proud!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I see no one said any thing about his roles in the p.b.s. American mystery specials ,cayote waits,skinwalkers or a thief of time ,were he plays joe leaphorn Navajo tribal cops all of them good stories by tony hillerman

  16. Anonymous says:

    your are a great native american actor and i am proud of you my friend has the white stallion Artic that was in the movies he is a beautiful horse

  17. Anonymous says:

    the above comment came from sq1004wink@yahoo.com also on facebook JoAnn Hilderbrand Manchester Ohio would like to hear from you

  18. Anonymous says:

    Blessed Be. You deserve it.

  19. Well done Wes-my favourite Indian actor!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Why does it take so long for any western actor to be recognised by the Hall of Fame? A good choice made by the voters. I hope that this sets a trend with induction of Native Americans into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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