Chief Dan George

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  • ChiefDanGeorge1.jpgCHIEF DAN GEORGE

    Date of Birth
    24 July 1899,
    North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Date of Death
    23 September 1981,
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (heart failure)

    Birth Name

    For full biography, please see:-
    Chief Dan George- Wikipedia

    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.
    - IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Hodson

    Chief Dan George played old Moses Paul in 'Spirit of the Wind', a film made in 1979
    by John Logue and Ralph Liddle that was never released in the US until recently.
    Chief Dan George's maturity as an actor in this film, his last, playing a scruffy,
    venerable trainer of sled-dogs, provided an aura of authenticity
    to the strenuous efforts of first-time actor Pius Savage to play George Attla,
    as he learns the art of dog mushing and prepares to enter his first Rondy competition
    in Fairbanks. The film, except for Slim Pickens as the local shopkeeper,
    has an entirely Native American cast, and includes a scintillating musical score
    by Buffy Saint Marie, herself a Native Canadian of the Cree Nation.
    The Montreal Star wrote, 'Slim Pickens and Chief Dan George show
    why they are among the most noteworthy character actors ever to have graced the screen.'
    - IMDb Mini Biography By: Susan Solomon

    Was chief of the Burrard Band of North Vancouver, British Columbia
    (aka the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation today), from 1951 to 1963.
    Although the position is elected, not hereditary, his son is chief today.

    Besides television and the movies, was also a successful Canadian stage actor
    and appeared in The Ectasy of Rita Joe in 1967

    Was a successful poet. Wrote two books of poetry, My Heart Soars (1974)
    and My Spirit Soars (1982). Also recited his famous work, "Lament for Confederation,"
    at Vancouver, British Columbia's 1967 Canadian Centennial celebrations in Empire Stadium;
    the speech was a stirring - and unexpected - indictment of colonialism's impact on
    First Nations people and helped galvanize native political activism in British Columbia,
    and also created support and awareness among non-natives.
    Always insisted on playing "good" First Nation characters.

    Until 1959 (when he was 60 years old), he worked as a longshoreman,
    logger and itinerant musician.

    He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 25, 1971
    for his services to Canada.

    He is commemorated on one of a set of postage stamps (issued in 2008)
    honoring prominent Canadians in Hollywood.

    The other stamps feature Marie Dressler, Norma Shearer, and Raymond Burr
    Actor Donald Sutherland quoted from his poem "My Heart Soars"
    in the the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games.

    A public middle school is named for Chief Dan George in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
    Chief Dan George also has an elementary public school named after him in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    1972-1981 The Beachcombers (TV Series) ...Chief Moses Charlie
    - Dowser (1981) ... Chief Moses Charlie
    - The Tray Tree (1981) ... Chief Moses Charlie
    - Voice of the People (1981) ... Chief Moses Charlie
    - The Singing Death Man (1979) ... Chief Moses Charlie
    - The Talking Stick (1978) ... Chief Moses Charlie
    in all 8 episodes...
    1980 Nothing Personal ...Oscar
    1980 Matt and Jenny (TV Series) ...Dquaga
    - Skiba, the Bear (1980) ... Dquaga
    1979 Spirit of the Wind ...Moses
    1979 Americathon ...Sam Birdwater
    1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)...Lone Wolf
    - Kindred Spirits (1979) ... Lone Wolf
    1978 Centennial (TV Mini-Series) ...Old Sioux
    - The Yellow Apron (1978) ... Old Sioux
    1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (TV Series) ...Eddie
    - Class Underachiever (1978) ... Eddie
    1978 Pump It Up
    1976 Shadow of the Hawk ...Old Man Hawk
    1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales ...Lone Watie
    1975 McCloud (TV Series) ...Chief Stillwater
    - Showdown at Times Square (1975) ... Chief Stillwater
    1975 Ourstory (TV Series) ...Cononicus
    - The Peach Gang (1975) ... Cononicus
    1975 Cold Journey
    1974 Harry and Tonto ...Sam Two Feathers
    1974 The Bears and I ...Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
    1974 Alien Thunder ...Sounding Sky
    1974 A Different Drum (Short) ...Grandfather
    1973 Kung Fu (TV Series) ...Ancient Warrior
    - The Ancient Warrior (1973) ... Ancient Warrior
    1972 À bon pied, bon oeil
    1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) ...Charlie
    - Heartbeat for Yesterday (1972) ... Charlie
    1972 Cancel My Reservation ...Old Bear
    1972 The Special London Bridge Special (TV Movie) ...The Big Chief
    1972 Cade's County (TV Series) ...Taxkahe
    - The Witness (1972) ... Taxkahe
    1971 Bonanza (TV Series) ...Red Cloud
    - Warbonnet (1971) ... Red Cloud
    1971 The Manipulators (TV Series)
    - Pokey (1971)
    1970 Little Big Man ...Old Lodge Skins
    1969 The High Chaparral (TV Series) ...Chief Morales
    - Apache Trust (1969) ... Chief Morales
    1969 Smith! ...Ol' Antoine
    1966 Festival (TV Series) ...Ol' Antoine
    - How to Break a Quarter Horse (1966) ... Ol' Antoine
    1964 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series) ...Eagle
    - Cougar Hunter (1964) ... Eagle
    1960 Cariboo Country (TV Series) ...Ol' Antoine
    - Under the Blanket (1960) ... Ol' Antoine
    - Strong Medicine (1960) ... Ol' Antoine

    1977 The New Mickey Mouse Club (TV Series) ...Himself
    - C-109 (1977) ... Himself
    1977 Indian (Documentary) ...Himself
    1976 Eastwood in Action (Documentary short) ...Himself
    1975 He Comes Without Calling (Short) ...Himself
    1975 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) ..Himself
    - Episode #13.38 (1975) ... Himself
    1974 Chief Dan George Speaks ...Himself
    1974 Man Belongs to the Earth (Documentary short) ...Himself
    1973 V.I.P.-Schaukel (TV Series documentary) ...Himself
    - Episode #3.4 (1973) ... Himself
    1971 Telescope (TV Series documentary) ...- Chief Dan George (1971)
    1971 The 43rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) ...Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in Supporting Role
    1971 The Virginia Graham Show (TV Series) ...Himself
    - Episode dated 24 March 1971 (1971) ... Himself
    1971 The David Frost Show (TV Series) ...Himself
    - Episode #3.118 (1971) ... Himself
    - Episode #3.87 (1971) ... Himself
    1971 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) ...Himself - Actor
    - Episode #10.119 (1971) ... Himself - Actor
    1970 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series) ..Himself
    - Episode dated 17 December 1970 (1970) ... Himself
    - Episode #5.61 (1970) ... Himself

    Archive footage
    2003 Inventing Grace, Touching Glory (Documentary) ...Himself
    1999 Life and Times (TV Series documentary) ...Himself
    - Today Is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George (1999) ... Himself
    1999 Hell Hath No Fury (Video documentary short) ...Himself
    1981 Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen (TV Movie documentary) ...Himself
    1976 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) ...Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
    - The Bears and I: Part 2 (1976) ... Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
    - The Bears and I: Part 1 (1976) ... Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Chief Dan George, OC (July 24, 1899 – September 23, 1981)
    was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band
    whose Indian reserve is located on Burrard Inlet in the southeast area of the
    District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


    He was also an actor, poet and author; his best-known written work was "My Heart Soars".
    As an actor, he is best remembered for portraying Old Lodge Skins
    opposite Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man (1970),
    for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

    Chief Dan George, is technically one of Duke's 'Pals of the Saddle- Cowboys'
    as he appeared in movie that involved Duke

    Cancel My Reservation

    It was really a Bob Hope movie, so it seemed more appropriate,
    considering the Chief's stature, to make him a Honory Guest

    Best Wishes
    London- England