Will Sampson Biography (1935-1987)

Born in 1935, in Okmulgee, OK; died of kidney failure after a heart-lung transplant, June 3, 1987, in Houston, TX; buried in Okmulgee, OK; married; wife'sname, Jill; children: Tim. Ethnicity: Creek Indian.

Birth Details
Okmulgee, Oklahoma, United States
Death Details
June 3, 1987
Houston, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Chief Bromden, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, United Artists, 1975.
  • Ten Bears, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Warner Bros., 1975.
  • William Halsey, Buffalo Bill and the Indians; or, Sitting Bull's HistoryLesson, United Artists, 1976.
  • Umilak, Orca (also known as Orca--Killer Whale), Paramount, 1977.
  • Chief Crazy Horse (Worm), The White Buffalo (also known as Hunt to Kill),United Artists, 1977.
  • Title role, Fish Hawk, Avco Embassy, 1979.
  • Elevator attendant, Insignificance, Island Alive, 1985.
  • Tall Eagle, Firewalker, Cannon, 1986.
  • Taylor, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Harlon Two Leaf, Vega$, ABC, 1978-81.
  • Sergeant Cheney, From Here to Eternity, NBC, 1980.
  • Painted Bear, Born to the Wind (also known as Indians),BBC (England), then NBC, 1982.
  • John Stronghart, The Yellow Rose, NBC, 1983-84.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
  • Corporal Cheney, From Here to Eternity, NBC, 1979.
  • Clarence's father, Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (also known as Alcatraz and Carnes), NBC, 1980.
  • Wambli, The Mystic Warrior, ABC, 1984.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Sam Watchman, Relentless, CBS, 1977.
  • Uncle George, The Hunted Lady, NBC, 1977.
  • Lonny Moon, Standing Tall, NBC, 1978.
  • Harlon Two Leaf, Vega$, ABC, 1978.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Sitting Bull, "Images of Glory," The West of the Imagination, 1986.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Wingina, Roanoak, 1986.

Further Reference


  • New York Times, June 4, 1987.

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