Iron Eyes Cody

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  • iron-eyes-cody-06.jpg IRON EYES CODY


    Date of Birth
    3 April 1907,
    Gueydan, Louisiana, USA

    Date of Death
    4 January 1999,
    Los Angeles, California, USA (natural causes)

    Birth Name
    Espera Oscar DeCorti

    The Crying Indian

    Wendy Foote (1992 - 1993) (divorced)
    Bertha 'Birdie' Parker (1936 - 1978) (her death) (3 children)

    Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or "Oscar" DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy.
    In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from "DeCorti" to "Corti" to Cody,
    and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American.
    He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker, and together they adopted two Indian sons, Robert and Arthur.
    Iron Eyes Cody lived and worked as an Indian for all his adult life;
    he labored for decades to promote Native American causes, and was honored by
    Hollywood's Native American community in 1995 as a "non-Native" for his contribution to film.
    - IMDb Mini Biography By: Susan C Mitchell

    Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti April 3, 1904 – January 4, 1999)
    was a Sicilian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films.
    He also played an Indian shedding a tear about litter
    in one of the country's most well-known television PSAs,
    "Keep America Beautiful".
    In 1996, Cody's half-sister said that he was actually of Italian ancestry, but he denied it.

    He was the man who played the Indian that sheds a single tear for a blighted American environment
    in "Keep America Beautiful" ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s.

    Cody's Native American heritage was challenged on May 26, 1996,
    in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Louisiana, USA) newspaper by reporter
    Angela Aleiss who revealed that he was in fact of Italian ancestry.
    Cody denied his Louisiana origins.

    Following his death, he was interred with his wife Bertha "Birdie" Parker at
    Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

    His daughter allegedly died in a childhood hunting accident.
    Was actually of Italian ancestry.

    Brother of J.W. Cody, Frank Cody and Victoria Cody.
    His mother remarried Alton Abshire and had five more children.
    He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6655 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood,
    California on April 20, 1983.

    He was posthumously awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 15, 1999.

    1990 The Spirit of '76 ...Indian
    1987 Ernest Goes to Camp ...Old Indian 'Chief St. Cloud'
    1986 The A-Team (TV Series) ...Chief Watashi
    - Mission of Peace (1986) ... Chief Watashi
    1983 Newhart (TV Series) - Don't Rain on My Parade (1983) ... American Indian
    1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series) - The Big Bet/Nancy and the Thunderbirds (1982) ... Chief Daniel Tenquot
    1980 Matt and Jenny (TV Series) ...Shaman
    - A Woman's Place (1980) - Ceremony at Whispering Pines (1980) ... Shaman
    1978 How the West Was Won (TV Series) ...Medicine Man
    - Robber's Roost (1978) - Amnesty (1978) ... Medicine Man
    1977 Grayeagle ...Standing Bear
    1976 The Quest (TV Movie) ...Old Indian
    1973 Dusty's Trail (TV Series) - Half Moon (1973) ... Full Moon
    1968-1971 Bonanza (TV Series) ...Winnemucca / Long Bear
    - Terror at 2:00 (1971) ... Winnemucca
    - The Burning Sky (1968) ... Long Bear
    1971 The Immortal (TV Series) - Sanctuary (1971) ... Djanni
    1970 Medical Center (TV Series) - The Savage Image (1970) ... Chanter
    1970 El Condor ...Santana
    1970 A Man Called Horse ...Medicine Man
    1970 Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County ...Crazy Foot
    1969 Then Came Bronson (TV Series) - Old Tigers Never Die--They Just Run Away (1969) ... Chief John Carbona
    1969 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series) - One Little Indian (1969) ... Chief Running Bear
    1969 Here's Lucy (TV Series) ...Medicine Man
    - Lucy and the Indian Chief (1969) ... Medicine Man
    1968 Something for a Lonely Man (TV Movie) ...Chief
    1968 Gunsmoke (TV Series) ...Indian
    - O'Quillian (1968) ... Indian
    1967 Hondo (TV Series) ...Elderly Brave / Chief
    - Hondo and the Savage (1967) ... Elderly Brave (credit only)
    - Hondo and the Singing Wire (1967) ... Chief
    1967 The Fastest Guitar Alive ...1st Indian
    1966 Nevada Smith ...Taka-Ta (uncredited)
    1965 The F.B.I. (TV Series) - A Mouthful of Dust (1965) ... Medicine Man
    1965 The Great Sioux Massacre ...Crazy Horse
    1965 Wagon Train (TV Series) - The Jarbo Pierce Story (1965) ... Seeba
    1965 Branded (TV Series) - One Way Out (1965) ... Grey Eagle
    1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series) ...Medicine Man
    - Daughter of the Devil (1965) ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
    - Cain's Birthday: Part 2 (1965) ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
    - A Place of 1000 Spirits (1965) ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
    1964 Destry (TV Series) - The Nicest Girl in Gomorrah (1964) ... Iron Eyes
    1964 The Virginian (TV Series)...- The Intruders (1964) ... Chief Black Feather
    1959-1964 Rawhide (TV Series) ...Medicine Man / Blue Deer / John Redcloud
    - Incident at Ten Trees (1964) ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
    - Incident of the Tinker's Dam (1960) ... Blue Deer
    - Incident of the 13th Man (1959) ... John Redcloud
    1962 Mister Ed (TV Series) - Ed, the Pilgrim (1962) ... Chief Thundercloud
    1958-1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series) ...Chief / Comanche Leader / Indian Trapper
    - Grass Man (1962) ... Chief
    - The Capture (1958) ... Comanche Leader
    - The Big Rendezvous (1958) ... Indian Trapper
    1962 Black Gold ...Charlie Two-Bits
    1960-1962 Outlaws (TV Series) ...Talkeesh
    - Charge aka Outpost (1962) ... Talkeesh
    - The Fortune Stone (1960) ... Talkeesh
    1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) - Tanoa (1961) ... The Medicine Man
    1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series) - Dr. Sam (1961) ... The Indian
    1961 The Rebel (TV Series) - The Burying of Sammy Hart (1961) ... Sammy Hart
    1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) - Blood Red (1961) ... Nemanna
    1960 The Tall Man (TV Series) - McBean Rides Again (1960) ... Sam
    1960 Heller in Pink Tights ...Indian (uncredited)
    1959 The Thin Man (TV Series) - Bat McKidderick (1959) ... Chief
    1959 Alias Jesse James ...2nd Indian on Train (uncredited)
    1958-1959 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series) ...Medicine Man / Long Buffalo
    - Pillajohn's Progress (1959) ... Medicine Man
    - Miracle of the Mission (1958) ... Long Buffalo
    1959 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series) - Lucy Goes to Alaska (1959) ... Eskimo Pilot
    1959 Lawman (TV Series) - Warpath (1959) ... Scarfaced Brave
    1959 Maverick (TV Series) - Gun-Shy (1959) ... Indian (uncredited)
    1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series) - Long Ride Home (1959) ... Old Indian
    1958 U.S. Marshal (TV Series) - Monster ... Ken Maple
    1958 The Light in the Forest ...Cuyloga's Counsellor (uncredited)
    1958 Tenderfoot (TV Series) - Mule Team (1958) ... Joe White Cloud
    1956-1958 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) ...Mad Wolf / Chief Many Stars
    - The Saga of Andy Burnett: The Big Council (1958) ... Mad Wolf
    - The Saga of Andy Burnett: White Man's Medicine (1958) ... Mad Wolf
    - The Saga of Andy Burnett: The Land of Enemies (1958) ... Mad Wolf
    - The Saga of Andy Burnett: Andy's Initiation (1957) ... Mad Wolf
    - Along the Oregon Trail (1956) ... Chief Many Stars
    1957-1958 Cheyenne (TV Series) ...Chief Canyawa / Grey Wolf
    - White Warrior (1958) ... Chief Canyawa
    - Hard Bargain (1957) ... Grey Wolf (uncredited)
    1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series) - A Pressing Engagement (1958) ... George Washington Smith
    1958 Gun Fever ...1st Indian Chief
    1957 Ride Out for Revenge ...Cheyenne Indian (uncredited)
    1957 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series) - Wyatt and the Captain (1957) ... Indian (uncredited)
    1957 Gun for a Coward ...Chief
    1956 Westward Ho, the Wagons! ...Many Stars
    1955-1956 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series) ...Chief Storm Cloud / Big Joe
    - The Bold Raven Rodeo (1956) ... Chief Storm Cloud
    - Buckshot Comes Home (1955) ... Big Joe
    1956 Comanche ...Medicine Arrow - The Medicine Man (uncredited)
    1955-1956 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series) ...Mulak / White Eagle
    - Totem Treasure (1956) ... Mulak
    - Trouble at Hogback (1955) ... White Eagle
    1956 The Wild Dakotas ...Red Rock
    1956 Johnny Moccasin (TV Movie) ...Mountain Cloud
    1955 Indian Agent (TV Movie) ...Indian Brave (uncredited)
    1955 Apache Ambush ...Apache Chief Apaho (uncredited)
    1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series) - The Hostage (1955)
    1955 White Feather ...Indian Chief (uncredited)
    1954 Sitting Bull ...Crazy Horse
    1954 Arrow in the Dust ...Chief Rasacura (uncredited)
    1953 The Cisco Kid (TV Series) ...Chief Sky Eagle / Chief Big Cloud
    - Indian Uprising (1953) ... Chief Sky Eagle
    - The Gramophone (1953) ... Chief Big Cloud
    1953 Fast Company ...Ben Iron Mountain
    1953 Meet Me at the Fair ...Chief Rain-in-the-Face (uncredited)
    1952 Montana Belle ...Cherokee (uncredited)
    1952 Apache War Smoke ...Apache with Major Dekker's Hat (uncredited)
    1952 The Savage ...Warrior (uncredited)
    1952 Abbott and Costello Lost in Alaska ...Canook (uncredited)
    1952 The Big Sky ...Blackfoot Subchief (uncredited)
    1952 Son of Paleface ...Chief Yellow Cloud
    1952 Apache Country ...Indian with Pat (uncredited)
    1952 Fort Osage ...Osage Brave - Blue Shirt
    1952 Night Raiders ...Henchman Cherokee
    1951 Quantrill's Raiders ...Ute Indian
    1951 Fort Defiance ...Brave Bear (as Iron Eyes)
    1951 Ace in the Hole ...Indian Copy Boy (uncredited)
    1951 The Last Outpost ...Mangas Coloradas (uncredited)
    1951 The Redhead and the Cowboy ...Loukai - Lamartine's Indian Scout (uncredited)
    1950 California Passage ...Indian
    1950 North of the Great Divide ...Headdress-Presenter (uncredited)
    1950 Cherokee Uprising ...Longknife
    1950 Broken Arrow ...Teese (uncredited)
    1950 The Tomahawk Trail ...Huron Indian (uncredited)
    1950 Comanche Territory ...Comanche (uncredited)
    1950 Cody of the Pony Express ...Chief Grey Cloud (uncredited)
    1950 Indian Scout ...Lone Eagle's Brave (uncredited)
    1949 Mrs. Mike ...Chief Iron Eyes (uncredited)
    1949 The Cowboy and the Indians ...Indian Farmer (uncredited)
    1949 Arctic Manhunt ...Eskimo (uncredited)
    1949 Sand ...Indian (uncredited)
    1949 Massacre River ...Chief Yellowstone
    1949 Tulsa ...Osage Indian (uncredited)
    1948 The Paleface ...Chief Iron Eyes
    1948 Indian Agent ...Wovoka
    1948 Blood on the Moon ...Toma (uncredited)
    1948 Train to Alcatraz ...Geronimo
    1948 The Dude Goes West ...Pipe-Smoking Indian (uncredited)
    1948 The Gallant Legion ...Indian Warrior (uncredited)
    1947 Mr. Ashton Was Indiscreet ...Indian
    1947 The Last Round-up ...Indian (uncredited)
    1947 Bowery Buckaroos ...Indian Joe
    1947 Unconquered ...Red Corn
    1946 So You Want to Keep Your Hair (Short) ...Indian (uncredited)
    1946 Plainsman and the Lady ...Indian (uncredited)
    1946 Under Nevada Skies ...Indian (uncredited)
    1946 The Scarlet Horseman ...Indian (uncredited)
    1944 Can't Help Singing ...Indian Scaring Caroline (uncredited)
    1943 The Phantom ...Native (uncredited)
    1942 Dawn on the Great Divide ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 The Valley of Vanishing Men ...Many Eyes (uncredited)
    1942 Springtime in the Rockies ...White Cloud (uncredited)
    1942 Here We Go Again ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Overland Mail ...Indian [Chs. 1-2, 5-6, 10-11] (uncredited)
    1942 King of the Stallions ...Indian in Horse-Pursuit Party (uncredited)
    1942 The Omaha Trail ...1st Friendly Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Pierre of the Plains ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Perils of Nyoka ...Arab (uncredited)
    1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Perils of the Royal Mounted ...Indian (Pursuit Leader) [Chs.4,15 and backgrounds] (uncredited)
    1942 My Gal Sal ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 The Girl from Alaska ...Eskimo (uncredited)
    1942 Klondike Fury ...Trading Post Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Roll On ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Valley of the Sun ...Indian (uncredited)
    1942 Don Winslow of the Navy ...Native Thug at Mill [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
    1941 King of the Texas Rangers ...Carlos (Ch. 9) (uncredited)
    1941 Outlaws of Cherokee Trail ...Indian Gambler (uncredited)
    1941 This Woman Is Mine ...Hostile Indian (uncredited)
    1941 Saddlemates ...Black Eagle
    1941 In Old Cheyenne ...Indian (uncredited)
    1941 The Roundup ...Indian (uncredited)
    1941 Western Union ...Indian Who Drinks Chemical Solution (uncredited)
    1940 Pony Post ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Arizona ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Young Bill Hickok ...Big Bear (uncredited)
    1940 Too Many Girls ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Colorado ...Indian Henchman (uncredited)
    1940 Kit Carson ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Untamed ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Winners of the West ...Indian [Chs. 1, 5, 7, 9-10, 13] (uncredited)
    1940 Alias the Deacon ...Indian playing Slot Machine (uncredited)
    1940 Young Buffalo Bill ...Comanche Renegade (uncredited)
    1940 Pioneers of the West ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Northwest Passage ...Scout (uncredited)
    1940 Green Hell ...Indian (uncredited)
    1940 Maintain the Right (Short) ...Indian Killer (uncredited)
    1939 Crashing Thru ...Indian Joe - Harrington's Henchman (uncredited)
    1939 Overland Mail ...Indian Chief
    1939 Fighting Mad ...Indian at Post (uncredited)
    1939 Overland with Kit Carson ...Running Wolf (Ch's 11-14) (uncredited)
    1939 The Oregon Trail ...Crow Foot [Ch. 10] (uncredited)
    1939 Across the Plains ...Brave (uncredited)
    1939 Man of Conquest ...Indian (uncredited)
    1939 Union Pacific ...Indian (uncredited)
    1939 The Kid from Texas ...Wild West Show Indian (uncredited)
    1939 Scouts to the Rescue ...Indian (uncredited)
    1938 The Historical Mystery: Miracle of Salt Lake (Documentary short) ...Indian (uncredited)
    1938 Hawk of the Wilderness ...Storm Cloud (uncredited)
    1938 The Cowboy and the Lady ...Rodeo Indian (uncredited)
    1938 Flaming Frontiers ...Indian Raider [Chs. 1-5 & Others] (uncredited)
    1938 The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok ...Indian Warrior (uncredited)
    1938 The Lone Ranger ...Bullet-Bringer (Ch. 7) (uncredited)
    1937 Prairie Thunder ...Indian (uncredited)
    1937 Wild West Days ...Indian in Mohawk Headdress (uncredited)
    1937 Old Louisiana ...Indian Driving Coach (uncredited)
    1937 The Golden Trail ...Indian (uncredited)
    1936 The Bold Cavalier ...Indian (uncredited)
    1936 The Boss Rider of Gun Creek ...Indian Danny (uncredited)
    1936 Ride, Ranger, Ride ...Comanche War Party Leader (uncredited)
    1936 The Phantom Rider ...Indian (uncredited)
    1936 Treachery Rides the Range ...Little Deer (uncredited)
    1936 Rose-Marie ...Dancer in Totem Tom Tom (uncredited)
    1936/I Custer's Last Stand ...Chief Brown Fox (as Iron Eyes)
    1935 Annie Oakley ...Indian in Show (uncredited)
    1935 The Ivory-Handled Gun ...Barfly (uncredited)
    1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife ...Indian (uncredited)
    1935 Toll of the Desert ...Marauding Indian (uncredited)
    1935 Fighting Shadows ..Indian (uncredited)
    1935 The Miracle Rider ...Indian (uncredited)
    1935 Rustlers of Red Dog ...Indian (uncredited)
    1934/I The Return of Chandu ...Cat Man [Chs. 8, 10] (uncredited)
    1934 The Scarlet Letter ...Indian (uncredited)
    1934 Young Eagles ...Temple Guard [Chs. 2-3] (uncredited)
    1934 Massacre ...Indian (uncredited)
    1933 Fighting Kit Carson ...Cheyenne Rider (uncredited)
    1933 King of the Arena ...Circus Indian (uncredited)
    1933 The Thundering Herd ...Indian (uncredited)
    1933 Clancy of the Mounted ...Indian [Ch. 3, 6] (uncredited)
    1932 The Golden West ...Indian Dancer (uncredited)
    1932 Salomy Jane ...Indian (uncredited)
    1932 The Big Stampede ...Crew's Indian Servant (uncredited)
    1932 The Rider of Death Valley ...Indian (uncredited)
    1932 The Blood Brother ...Little Eagle (as Iron Eyes)
    1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue ...Indian at Sideshow (uncredited)
    1932 The Rainbow Trail ..John Tom (uncredited)
    1931 Oklahoma Jim ...War Eagle (uncredited)
    1931 Fighting Caravans ...Indian After Firewater (uncredited)
    1930 The Big Trail ...Indian (uncredited)
    1928 The Viking ...Indian (uncredited)
    1927 Back to God's Country ...Indian (unconfirmed)
    1926 The Scarlet Letter ...+Young Indian at Dunking (uncredited)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Iron Eyes Cody was Italian but was a natural as a Native American,
    He made numerous movies and TV series
    but only made 1 movie starring Duke

    The Big Trail

    However as his part was uncredited Iron Eyes Cody is worth more, so he is elevated
    to the status of Pals of the Saddle- Honory Guest

    Best Wishes
    London- England