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Jay Silverheels (June 26, 1912March 5, 1980) was a Canadian Mohawk Indian actor. June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Mohawk (Kanienkeh or Kanienkehaka meaning People of the Flint) are an indigenous people of North America who live around Lake Ontario and the St. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Born Harold J. Smith on the Six Nations Indian Reserve, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Silverheels excelled in athletics and lacrosse as a boy before leaving home to travel around North America, appearing in professional boxing and wrestling tournaments. In 1938 Silverheels was runner-up in the middleweight section of the Golden Gloves tournament. Six Nations of the Grand River is the name applied to two contiguous Indian reserves southeast of Brantford, Ontario, Canada – Six Nations reserve no. ... Brantford (2001 population 86,417)[1] is a city located on the Grand River in southwestern Ontario, Canada. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... The Golden Gloves is an annual competition for amateur boxing in the United States. ...

Following World War II, Silverheels moved to Hollywood and made his film debut in 1947's Captain from Castille, starring Tyrone Power. He followed this with roles in Key Largo (1948), Broken Arrow (1950) with Jimmy Stewart, War Arrow (1953) with Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler and Noah Beery, Jr., Walk the Proud Land (1956) with Audie Murphy and Anne Bancroft, Alias Jesse James (1959) with Bob Hope and Indian Paint (1964) with Johnny Crawford. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the use of images on this page may require cleanup, involving adjustment of image placement, formatting, size, or other adjustments. ... Tyrone Power in Charles Laughtons production of John Browns Body, photo by Carl Van Vechten, March 3, 1953 Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. ... Key Largo may mean the following: The island in the Florida Keys, see Key Largo (island) The city on that island, see Key Largo, Florida The play Key Largo written in blank verse by Maxwell Anderson The 1948 film Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, based on the... Broken Arrow was the name of a western released in 1950. ... See also: 1949 in film 1950 1951 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events February 15 - Walt Disney Studios animated film Cinderella debuts. ... Jimmy Stewart, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor beloved for his persona as an average guy who faces adversity and tries to do the right thing, an image which was largely reflected in his own personality. ... See also: 1952 in film 1953 1954 in film 1950s in film years in film film Events September 16 - The Robe debuts as the first anamorphic, widescreen CinemaScope film. ... Maureen OHara Maureen OHara (born Maureen FitzSimons) on August 17, 1920 is an Irish film actress. ... Jeff Chandler (December 15, 1918 - June 17, 1961) was a popular American film actor in the 1950s. ... Noah Beery (August 10, 1913 – November 1, 1994) was an American actor specializing in warm, friendly character parts similar to the ones played by his legendary uncle Wallace Beery, although Noah Beery, Jr. ... See also: 1955 in film 1956 1957 in film 1950s in film years in film film // Events November 15 - The film Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley (his first film) opens. ... Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 - May 28, 1971) was an American soldier in World War II, and later a successful actor. ... Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005) was an iconic Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Alias Jesse James (1959) was a Bob Hope western comedy movie that featured a number of screen cowboys (Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, Hugh OBrien, Fess Parker, James Garner, etc. ... Bob Hope KBE, KCSG, (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was a famous British-born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel. ... // Events January 29 - The film Dr. Strangelove is released. ... Johnny E. Crawford (born March 26, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ...

However, Silverheels was best known for his many appearances as the Lone Ranger's friend Tonto. In addition to starring in the Lone Ranger television series from 1948 to 1961, Silverheels appeared inthe films The Lone Ranger (1956) and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). The Lone Ranger. ... Tonto was the sidekick of The Lone Ranger, the popular Western character created by George W. Trendle (in collaboration with others). ...

Following the end of the Lone Ranger television series, Silverheels found himself typecast as Tonto and had trouble finding further acting work. Silverheels was also hindered by a changing attitude towards Native Americans as people felt that the Tonto character was equivalent to Uncle Tom. Subsequently, Silverheels was forced to work as a salesman to supplement his acting income. He also began to concentrate on writing poetry influenced by his youth on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and appeared on television reciting his poetry. // The term as a pejorative epithet Uncle Tom is a pejorative term for a black person who is perceived by other blacks as obsequious or servile to white authority figures, or as seeking ingratiation with them by way of unnecessary accommodation. ...

Married in 1945, Silverheels was the father of two boys and a girl. He died in Woodland Hills, California and was cremated. His ashes were returned home and scattered in Canada. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6538 Hollywood Boulevard. Woodland Hills is a community within the City of Los Angeles. ... The crematorium at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, England. ... An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ... Hollywood Boulevard as taken from the Kodak Theatre Hollywood Boulevard is an avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, beginning at Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out and runs due west to Laurel Canyon Boulevard. ...

In 1993, Silverheels was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Hall of Great Western Performers is a Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. ... Bronze Wrangler The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a museum and art gallery, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, housing one of the largest collections of: Western, American cowboy, American rodeo, and American Indian; art, artifacts, and archival materials, in the world. ... Nickname: Capital of the New Century, OKC, O-City Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ...

See also: Other Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. Motion pictures have been a part of the Canadians. ...


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Jay Silverheels (June 26, 1912 – March 5, 1980) was a Canadian Mohawk Indian actor.
In 1938 Silverheels was runner-up in the middleweight section of the Golden Gloves tournament.
Silverheels was also hindered by a changing attitude towards Native Americans as people felt that the Tonto character was equivalent to Uncle Tom.
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