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Jay Silverheels (Harold J. Smith)

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Biography

Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key Largo (1948). Most of Silverheels' roles consisted of bit parts as an Indian character. In 1949, he worked in the movie The Cowboy and the Indians (1949) with another "B movie" actor Clayton Moore. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Indian Marauder

This Woman Is Mine 1941

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Character: Fighter Tito Flores

The Girl from Monterrey 1943

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Character: Sailor Crewman on Boat Deck

Passage to Marseille 1944

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Character: Guard at Execution

Lost in a Harem 1944

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Character: Indian Guide at Pier

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948

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Character: Tom Osceola

Key Largo 1948

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Character: Joe Arrow

The Story of Will Rogers 1952

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Character: Chief Hevatanu

Indian Paint 1965

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Character: Condemned Man at Hanging

True Grit 1969

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Character: McDonald Lasheway

Smith! 1969

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Character: John Crow

Santee 1973

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Character: Himself

Wide Wide World 1955

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Character: Tonto - the Lone Ranger

Pioneers of Television 2008

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