Russell Means

Russell Means

  • Highest Rated: 95% Sing Your Song (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2014)
  • Birthday: Nov 10, 1939
  • Birthplace: Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA
  • Once described as "the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse," Oglala/Lakota Sioux Russell Means made a name for himself as an activist two decades before he became an actor. Born in Pine Ridge, SD, near the storied Black Hills, Means joined the late '60s cultural foment as an avid advocate for American Indian rights and recognition. As the first national director of the American Indian Movement (he disdained the term "Native American") and a participant in the 1972 standoff with the government at Wounded Knee, Means became a prominent voice calling for self-determination and the preservation of American Indian heritage. Furthering his activist reach during the 1980s, Means traveled abroad to support freedom for other indigenous peoples worldwide, and ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988. Seeing the potential in synergy, Means became a multimedia presence in the 1990s. Along with recording two albums and authoring his autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread, Means also went into acting. Making his movie debut in Michael Mann's florid adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Means starred as the titular Chingachgook, father figure to Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye. Taking his cue from such prior Native American actors as Chief Dan George and Will Sampson, Means portrayed Indians in a range of films and with humor as well as dignity. Following the ultra-serious Last of the Mohicans, Means appeared in the Western spoof Wagons East! (1994), and played the spiritually portentous Old Indian in Oliver Stone's bloody media satire Natural Born Killers (1994). Along with voicing Chief Powhatan in Disney's animated features Pocahontas (1995) and Pocahontas: Journey to a New World (1998), Means put his stamp on other well-known American Indian tales, reprising his role as Chingachgook in an adaptation of Cooper's The Pathfinder (1996), and appearing in the movie version of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha (1997). Responding to charges that his Hollywood career was a sell-out, Means noted that he poured his earnings back into such activist projects as American Indian education and continued to act. Means finished the decade with several films, including the crime drama Black Cat Run (1998) and the children's fantasy Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000). He died of throat cancer in 2012, a few weeks before his 73rd birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet American Native Actor 2018
0% Days and Nights Big Jim $6.5K 2014
66% Tiger Eyes Willie Means $25.7K 2013
95% Sing Your Song Russell Means $48.2K 2012
No Score Yet The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique Actor 2011
No Score Yet Columbus Day Legacy Actor 2011
88% Reel Injun Actor 2010
No Score Yet Questions for Crazy Horse Actor 2010
No Score Yet Rez Bomb Actor 2008
No Score Yet Unearthed Grandpa 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
10% Pathfinder Pathfinder $10.3M 2007
29% Black Cloud Bud 2005
62% The Last Shot Actor $0.4M 2004
0% 29 Palms Chief 2003
No Score Yet Wind River Washakie 2001
No Score Yet Cowboy Up Actor 2001
21% Thomas and the Magic Railroad Billy Twofeathers $2.1M 2000
No Score Yet Cowboy Up Joe 2000
No Score Yet Black Cat Run Ten Reed 1998
29% Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Powhatan 1998
No Score Yet Song of Hiawatha Mudjekeewis 1997
No Score Yet The Pathfinder Arrowhead 1996
55% Pocahontas Powhatan 1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Sitting Bull 1995
0% Wagons East! Chief 1994
47% Natural Born Killers Old Indian 1994
No Score Yet Windrunner Wa Tho Huck/Jim Thorpe 1994
95% The Last of the Mohicans Chingachgook 1992

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% Banshee
2013-2016
Benjamin Longshadow
  • 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2010
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
  • 2004
No Score Yet Profiler
1996-2000
Uncle Joe
  • 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Edison
  • 1996
  • 1994

QUOTES FROM Russell Means CHARACTERS

Powhatan
When I see you wear that necklace, you look just like your mother.
Pocahontas
I miss her.
Powhatan
But she is still with us. Whenever the wind blows through the trees, I feel her presence. Our people looked to her for wisdom and strength. Someday, they will look to you as well.
Russell Means
Welcome to the reservation, by the way, all of you. Welcome to the reservation
Russell Means
Welcome to the reservation, by the way, all of you. Welcome to the reservation.
Old Indian
Look Bitch, you knew I was a Snake
Old Indian
Look Bitch, you knew I was a snake.
Old Indian
Look bitch, you knew I was a snake.
Billy Two Feathers
Does Burnett Stone ever give you a smile?
Patch
No. But he doesn't frighten my horse, either. Which means I don't think he's a bad man. I think he's just... sad.
Stacy Jones
(looks at a childhood drawing of Burnett Stone) It's hard to believe Burnett could have ever looked that happy.
Stacy Jones
[looks at a childhood drawing of Burnett Stone] It's hard to believe Burnett could have ever looked that happy.
Billy Two Feathers
Burnett had a wonderful smile. And he loved railroading, too.
Billy Two Feathers
Important day, Mr. C?
Mr. Conductor
It is a very important day!
Powhatan
You speak in the tounge of a pale one!