Native American movie stars make up one of the most talented and diverse talent pool in Hollywood. These actors star in movies and television series both in Native American cinema as well as in mainstream productions. These actors are not only the best in Native American actors, but some of the finest actors in films.
Benjamin Bratt Native American movie star Benjamin Bratt is best known for his role on television’s “Law & Order.” However, he also appeared in movies like “Miss Congeniality” and “Traffic.” Bratt won the Best Supporting Actor award for “Miss Congeniality” at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
Chris Eyre While working mainly as a film director and producer, he has also worked as a Native American movie star in the movies “Skinwalkers” and “Skins.” Chris Eyre received a 2007 USA Rockefeller Fellowship and a $50,000 grant by the United States Artists for his future work.
Taylor Lautner Taylor Lautner, famous for his work on the “Twilight” franchise, is Ottawa and Potawatomi through his mother. Lautner got his breakout role in the Robert Rodriguez film “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl.”
Gavin MacLeod Gavin MacLeod is best known for his role as Captain Merrill Stubing on the classic television series “The Love Boat.” The Native American movie star is a Chippewa Indian who appeared in movies such as “Operation Petticoat” and “Kelly’s Heroes.”
Anthony Quinn Native American movie star Anthony Quinn’s most famous role was as Auda ibu Tayi in “Lawrence of Arabia.” The two-time Academy Award winning actor appeared in over 150 movies over his legendary career.
Will Sampson Muscogee Native American movie star Will Sampson enjoyed his breakout role as Chief in the Oscar winning film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Sampson went on to appear in various movies after that including “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Poltergeist II: The Other Side.”
Wes Studi Native American movie star Wes Studi starred in the highest grossing film of all time “Avatar.” However, he has also appeared in numerous Oscar nominated films in his career, such as “Dances with Wolves” and “The New World.”
Rudy Youngblood Rudy Youngblood is the Native American movie star Mel Gibson chose to play the lead in his 2006 motion picture “Apocalypto.” The young actor learned the ancient Mayan language for the role but did not appear in his next movie until 2010.
Adam Beach Adam Beach became famous when the Native American movie star appeared on “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Beach also starred in award winning movies like “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Windtalkers.” He also won an award for Best Actor at the San Diego World Film Festival for his appearance in Chris Eyre’s “Smoke Signals.”
Graham Greene Not to be confused with the award winning playwright, this Native American movie star made his screen debut in 1983 for “Running Brave.” He earned an Academy Award nomination for the 1990 Oscar winning film “Dances with Wolves.”