Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Jay Silverheels Biography (c. 1918-1980)
Original name, Harold J. Smith; born c. 1918 (some sources say 1919), at SixNations Indian Reservation, Ontario, Canada; died of complications from pneumonia, March 5, 1980, in Woodland Hills, CA; son of A. G. E. Smith (a Canadianmilitary officer); married, wife's name, Mary; children: Marilyn, Pamela, Karen, Jay Anthony. Ethnicity: Mohawk.
- Birth Details
- c. 1918
- Six Nations Indian Reservation, Ontario, Canada
- Death Details
- March 5, 1980
- Woodland Hills, California, United States
Credits; Film Appearances
- Too Many Girls, RKO Radio Pictures, 1940.
- Valley of the Sun, RKO Radio Pictures, 1942.
- Good Morning, Judge, Universal, 1943.
- Northern Pursuit, Warner Bros., 1943.
- Spearman, Song of the Sarong, Universal, 1945.
- Singin' in the Corn (also known as Give and Take), Columbia, 1946.
- Coatl, Captain from Castile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1947.
- Sam Luther, The Last Round-up, Columbia, 1947.
- Indian scout, Northwest Outpost (also known as End of the Rainbow), Republic, 1947.
- Indian, Unconquered, Paramount, 1947.
- Elevator boy, Family Honeymoon, Universal, 1948.
- Diego, The Feathered Serpent, Monogram, 1948.
- Little Dog, Fury at Furnace Creek, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
- John Osceola, Key Largo, Warner Bros., 1948.
- Running Deer, The Prairie, Screen Guild, 1948.
- Indian, Yellow Sky, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1948.
- Lakohna, The Cowboy and the Indians, Columbia, 1949.
- Running Wolf, Laramie, Columbia, 1949.
- Walter, Lust for Gold (also known as For Those Who Dare), Columbia, 1949.
- Sand (also known as Will James's Sand), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949.
- Poleon, Trail of the Yukon, Monogram, 1949.
- Goklia, Broken Arrow, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950.
- Little Crow, Red Mountain, Paramount, 1951.
- Geronimo, The Battle at Apache Pass, Universal, 1952.
- Chief Tecumseh, Brave Warrior, Columbia, 1952.
- Last of the Comanches (also known as The Sabre and the Arrow), Columbia,1952.
- Chingachgook, The Pathfinder, Columbia, 1952.
- Joe Arrow, The Story of Will Rogers, Warner Bros., 1952.
- Benders, The Wild Blue Yonder (also known as Thunder across the Pacific),Republic, 1952.
- Lead warrior, Yankee Buccaneer, Universal, 1952.
- Red Cloud, Jack McCall, Desperado, Columbia, 1953.
- Spotted Bear, The Nebraskan, Columbia, 1953.
- Satanta, War Arrow, Universal, 1953.
- Black Buffalo, The Black Dakotas, Columbia, 1954.
- Taos, Drums across the River, Universal, 1954.
- Yaqui, Four Guns to the Border, Universal, 1954.
- Yellow Hawk, Masterson of Kansas, Columbia, 1954.
- Cajou, Saskatchewan (also known as O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted), Universal, 1954.
- Tonto, The Lone Ranger, Warner Bros., 1955.
- Beeteia, The Vanishing American, Republic, 1955.
- Geronimo, Walk the Proud Land, Universal, 1956.
- Indian Joe, Return to Warbow, Columbia, 1958.
- Tonto, The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold, United Artists, 1958.
- Tonto, Alias Jesse James, United Artists, 1959.
- Tonto, Justice of the West, United Artists, 1961.
- Chief Hevatanu, Indian Paint, Eagle American/Crown, 1965.
- McDonald Lasheway, Smith!, Buena Vista, 1969.
- The Phynx, Warner Bros., 1970.
- The chief, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973.
- Jimmy Wolfe, One Little Indian, Buena Vista, 1973.
- John Crow, Santee, Crown, 1973.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Tonto, The Lone Ranger, ABC, 1949-57.
- Great Bear, Pistols 'n' Petticoats, CBS, 1966-67.
Credits; Television Appearances; Pilots
- Indian chief, Cat Ballou, NBC, 1971.
- Native North American Almanac, edited by Duane Champagne, Gale Research(Detroit, MI), 1994, pp. 770, 1160.
- Notable Native Americans, Gale, 1995, pp. 398-99.
- New York Times, March 6, 1980.
- Time, March 17, 1980, p. 65.