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  • Writer's pictureMyra Chapman

From Small Town to International Screens

..From small-town Oklahoma Native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.

Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes Studi has moved audiences with unforgettable performances in such blockbuster films as “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Heat,” as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar,” Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn” and Scott Coopers “Hostiles” to name a few. Breaking new ground, he brought fully-developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.

2013: Inducted in to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers. Throughout his 30-year career he’s won numerous awards, including several First Americans in the Arts awards and the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2018: As a Vietnam Veteran, was invited to present at the 90th Academy Awards to a viewership of 26.5 million households where he introduced a video montage of military movies as a tribute to our Veterans.

2019: Received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Award, an honorary Oscar statuette, given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.

To read more about Wes Studi, listent o some of his interviews, view some of the many films he has been involved like The Doors, Being Flynn, Avatar, Skinwalkers and much more visit him in our artist section on All Indianz.

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