Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 20

Birthday 1899-07-24

Day of Death 1981-09-23

Place of Birth -

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1998 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1 episode)
1980 Nothing Personal as Oscar
1979 Americathon as Sam Birdwater
1979 Spirit of the Wind as Moses
1978 The Incredible Hulk (1 episode)
1977 What Really Happened To the Class Of '65? (1 episode)
1976 Shadow of the Hawk as Old Man Hawk
1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales as Lone Watie
1975 Cold Journey
1974 Harry and Tonto as Sam Two Feathers
1974 The Bears and I as Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
1974 Man Belongs to the Earth as Himself
1974 Alien Thunder as Sounding Sky
1972 Kung Fu (1 episode)
1972 Cancel My Reservation as Old Bear
1972 The Special London Bridge Special as The Big Chief
1970 Little Big Man as Old Lodge Skins
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1969 Smith! as Ol' Antoine
1967 The High Chaparral (1 episode)

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