Russell Means Biography (1939-)

Full name, Russell Charles Means; born November 10, 1939, on the Pine Ridge Reservation (one source says Wanblee), SD; son of Harold "Hank" and Theodora (maiden name, Feather) Means; married three times (marriages ended); married fourth wife, Gloria Grant (a Navajo educator and former rodeo rider); children: ten. Addresses: Contact: c/o Cunningham, Escott & Dipene Agency,10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Actor, song performer
Birth Details
November 10, 1939
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Chingachgook, The Last of the Mohicans, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Old Indian, Warren Red Cloud, Natural Born Killers, Warner Bros.,1994
  • Chief, Wagons East!, TriStar, 1994
  • Voice of Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas (animated), Buena Vista, 1995
  • Wa Tho Huck, Windrunner, A*Vision Entertainment, 1995
  • Mudjekeewis, Song of Hiawatha, Hallmark Home Entertainment, 1997
  • Voice of Powhatan, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (animated; also known as Disney's Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World and Pocahontas: Journey to a New World), Buena Vista Home Video, 1998
  • Washakie, Wind River, 1998
  • Billy Twofeathers, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Destination Films, 2000
  • Ring of Fire, Destination Films, 2000
  • Lame Deer, Ragged Point, 2001
  • Chief, 29 Palms, Le Monde, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Wa Tho Huck/Jim Thorpe, Windrunner, The Disney Channel, 1994
  • Arrowhead, The Pathfinder, Showtime, 1996
  • Ten Reed, Black Cat Run, HBO, 1998
  • Miniseries
  • Sitting Bull, Buffalo Girls, CBS, 1995
  • Voice, The West, PBS, 1996
  • Specials
  • Interviewee, Marlon Brando: Breaking All the Rules, 1996
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Margot Kidder, Lifetime, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Edison, "Written in Dust," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1996
  • Luthor Iron Shirt, "Plague," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1996
  • Uncle Joe, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Profiler, NBC, 1997
  • Voice, "Role with It," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997
  • Joseph Grayhawk, "And How!," Remember WENN, AMC, 1997
  • "Downtime," Nash Bridges, CBS, 1998
  • "Lady Killer," Nash Bridges, CBS, 1998
  • James Saginaw, "Americans aka Native Rights," Family Law, CBS, 2001
  • Video Games
  • The Chameleon, Under a Killing Moon, 1994
  • Albums
  • Recorded The Radical and Electric Warrior.
  • Autobiography
  • (With Marvin J. Wolf) Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiographyof Russell Means, St. Martin's Press, 1995
  • Essays
  • "The Same Old Song," Marxism and Native Americans, edited by WardChurchill, South End Press, 1983

Further Reference


    • Duane Champagne, editor, Native America: Portrait of the Peoples,Visible Ink Press, 1994
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998
    • Entertainment Weekly, October 23, 1992, p. 34
    • People Weekly, October 12, 1992, p. 63
    • Contemporary Authors Online, Gale Group, 2001
    • Russell Means Official Website, http://www.

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