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Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George was born with the names Geswanouth Slahoot (which was anglicized as Dan Slaholt) to a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve No. 3 in North Vancouver. His last name was changed to George when he entered a mission boarding school at the age of 5, where the use of his native language was discouraged, if not forbidden. After spending much of his early life as a longshoreman, a construction worker, and a school bus driver, Chief Dan George auditioned for the role of Ol' Antoine on "Cariboo Country" (1960), a CBC television series, and was offered the part. On the strength of his performance in the series, and after playing the same part in Smith! (1969) a Disney adaptation of one the show's episodes, based on "Breaking Smith's Quarterhorse" a novella by _Paul St. Pierre_ and starring Glenn Ford, he was asked to play Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man (1970); this role led to a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1970. He continued to appear in a variety of films, and also became an accomplished stage actor. He became an influential speaker on the rights of the native peoples of North America. He died in 1981 on the same Indian Reserve where he was born.

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Jul 24, 1899
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Smith! 1969-03-21
Latest Project:
Movie Nothing Personal 1980-03-28
Known For
Movie Nothing Personal Oscar 1980-03-28
Movie Americathon Sam Birdwater 1979-08-10
Movie The Outlaw Josey Wales Lone Watie 1976-07-14
Movie Shadow of the Hawk Old Man Hawk 1976-07-14
Movie Alien Thunder Sounding Sky 1974-02-22
Movie The Bears and I Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay 1974-07-31
Movie Harry and Tonto Sam Two Feathers 1974-08-12
Movie The Special London Bridge Special The Big Chief 1972-01-01
Movie Cancel My Reservation Old Bear 1972-09-21
Movie Little Big Man Old Lodge Skins 1970-12-14
Movie Smith! Ol' Antoine 1969-03-21
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