Wes Studi filmography and biography

Date of birth: 17 December 1947, Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, USA

Wes Studi biography

Native Oklahoman, Vietnam veteran, sculptor, musician, author, activist. Each of those describes the legendary actor Wes Studi. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves. In 1992, his powerful performance as Magua in Last of the Mohicans established him as one of the most compelling actors in the business.

Studi has since appeared in more than 50 film and television productions, including Geronimo: An America Legend, Comanche Moon, Streets of Laredo, Mystery Men, The New World, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Seraphim Falls. He recently starred as Tony Hillerman's Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn in a series of PBS specials produced by Robert Redford, Skinwalkers, A Thief of Time and Coyote Waits. His upcoming films include Avatar, directed by James Cameron.

Born in Norfire Hollow, Oklahoma, Studi exclusively spoke his native Cherokee language until beginning school at the age of five. A professional horse trainer, Studi began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa.

Studi and his wife Maura Dhu live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and perform in the band Firecat of Discord. They have a son, Kholan. Studi has a daughter, Leah, and a son, Daniel from a previous marriage. Native Oklahoman, Vietnam veteran, sculptor, musician, author, activist. Each of those describes the legendary actor Wes Studi. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves. In 1992, his powerful performance as Magua in Last of the Mohicans established him as one of the most compelling actors in the business.

Studi has since appeared in more than 50 film and television productions, including Geronimo: An America Legend, Comanche Moon, Streets of Laredo, Mystery Men, The New World, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Seraphim Falls. He recently starred as Tony Hillerman's Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn in a series of PBS specials produced by Robert Redford, Skinwalkers, A Thief of Time and Coyote Waits. His upcoming films include Avatar, directed by James Cameron, and The Only Good Indian, directed by Kevin Willmott.

Born in Norfire Hollow, Oklahoma, Studi exclusively spoke his native Cherokee language until beginning school at the age of five. A professional horse trainer, Studi began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa.

Studi and his wife Maura Dhu live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and perform in the band Firecat of Discord. They have a son, Kholan. Studi has a daughter, Leah, and a son, Daniel from a previous marriage.

Wes Studi trivia


- Is an American Indian of the Cherokee Nation.
- Two children, by wife Rebecca Graves, named Daniel and Leah.
- Spoke only the Cherokee language prior to attending grade school.
- Drafted into the army in 1967, he served 18 months in South Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta.
- Frequently plays Native Americans who are both strong and proud, almost to a sense of arrogance.
- Attended Chilocco Indian School in northern Oklahoma; studied at Tulsa Junior College.
- Performs bass in a six-piece band called Firecat of Discord. His wife Maura is a lead vocalist. They primarily do original music.
- One child by wife Maura Dhu Studi, named Kholan.
- He attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana, in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.
- Uncle of Delanna Studi.
- On June 11, 2010, Wes Studi visited Yakama Nation Legends Casino, located in Toppenish, Washington to MC the Casino's Tribal Jam IV event. During his visit Wes met with the Yakama Nation Tribal Council and Legends Casino Board of Directors. Legends Casino is owned and operated by the Yakama Nation.

Wes Studi quotes


- [on being in Street Fighter] This is a fun movie about a kind of fantasy land, sort of like Star Trek.

Wes Studi filmography

Name Year
The Rez 2012
The Last Horseman 2012
Into the Americas 2011
Timberwolf 2011
Palominas 2011
Untitled Julesworks Film 2011
The Hard Ride 2011
The Making of 'Last of the Mohicans' 2010
Ink: A Tale of Captivity 2010
The Undying 2009
Call of the Wild 2009
Avatar 2009
The Hunter's Moon 2009
The Only Good Indian 2009
Freedom Riders 2009
21 and a Wake-Up 2009
Kings 2009
Maid of the Mist 2008
Three Priests 2008
El camino 2008
Older Than America 2008
Comanche Moon 2008
The Mentalist 2008
Cosmic Radio 2007
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 2007
Saving Grace 2007
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy 2006
Seraphim Falls 2006
Making 'The New World' 2006
Animal 2005
Into the West 2005
The New World 2005
The Making of 'Miracle at Sage Creek' 2005
Miracle at Sage Creek 2005
Echoes from Juniper Canyon 2004
A Thief of Time 2004
A Warrior in Two Worlds 2004
Edge of America 2003
The Lone Ranger 2003
The Ugly One 2003
Coyote Waits 2003
Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American 2003
Superfire 2002
Undisputed 2002
Skinwalkers 2002
Sze Bei 2001
Christmas in the Clouds 2001
Ice Planet 2001
Road to Redemption 2001
UC: Undercover 2001
Mystery Men 1999
The Directors 1999
Wind River 1998
Soundman 1998
Deep Rising 1998
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1997
The Killing Jar 1997
Adventures from the Book of Virtues 1996
Lone Justice 3 1996
Promised Land 1996
Crazy Horse 1996
500 Nations 1995
Heat 1995
Lone Justice 2 1995
Streets of Laredo 1995
The Way West 1995
Indian America: A Gift from the Past 1994
Street Fighter 1994
Wolfridge 1994
Politically Incorrect 1994
Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times 1993
The Broken Chain 1993
Geronimo: An American Legend 1993
The Last of the Mohicans 1992
Highlander 1992
The Doors 1991
Dances with Wolves 1990
The Flash 1990
Powwow Highway 1989
The Trial of Standing Bear 1988
The American Experience 1988