Jen Boyer
Wes Studi will appear in three movies this summer.

10 Things You May Not Know About Wes Studi

Christina Rose

Blowing up the movie screens in three films this summer, acclaimed actor Wes Studi can now be seen in “Road to Paloma,” a drama that revolves around violence against Native women. He will also be heard as the voice of a firefighting helicopter in the animated Disney film, “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” and he can also be seen appearing as Cochise in “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” a “Blazing Saddles” type comedy.

Studi talked to ICTMN recently—here are 10 things you might not know about him:

He has 86 film credits.

He has played the iconic roles of Red Cloud, Wovoka, Cochise, and Geronimo.

He is humble and was surprised to hear he is considered the most recognized Native actor working in film today.

Wes Studi was nominated for the Most Promising Actor Award by the Chicago Film Critic Association for his role in “Last of the Mohicans.” (Maura Dhu Studi)

He spoke only Cherokee until he was 5 years old.

He got his acting start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and because of a play called, “Black Elk Speaks” he was cast in his first television appearance in Nebraska.


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