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More performers who did Indian roles




(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R on horseback are Artie Ortego, unidentified player, Bob Kortman and Nick Thompson.  Tom Mix and leading lady/heroine Joan Gale are standing.  The only Native American appears to be Artie Ortego.  Lobby card from THE MIRACLE RIDER (Mascot, 1935), Mix's screen hurrah.






(From Old Corral image collection)

George W. Merrick and Louis Weiss had Rex Lease as the star of the 15 chapter CUSTER'S LAST STAND (Stage & Screen, 1936).  The players in the insets are: bottom left - Dorothy Gulliver (as 'Red Fawn') and Rex Lease, and on the right - Nancy Caswell and William Farnum.

 There's a profile of Dorothy Gulliver on the Old Corral.  Go back to the Old Corral homepage, and scroll down the left side menu to the Heroines/Leading Ladies section ... or click HERE (and use your browser's 'Back' button to return to this page).






(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)
Nick Thompson (real name: Nicholas J. Tamborello) (1889-1980) did ethnic roles, often portraying a Native American.

He was born in Houston, Texas, and his movie career began around 1912 in bit parts for the Thanhouser Company in New Rochelle, New York, and he appeared in silents from Reliance, Pathe, Biograph, Yankee, Kalem, Fox, Universal, World and Erbograph.  He did bits and supporting roles into the mid 1950s.

The photo left is Thompson as 'Chief White Cloud' in THE RIDIN' RENEGADE (FBO, 1928), a silent oater starring Bob Steele.

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a photo of the marker for Nick Thompson (real name: Nicholas J. Tamborello) at the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park, Los Angeles: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8778






(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)


Craggy faced Robert F. 'Bob' Kortman (1887-1967) essayed Indian roles in westerns and chapterplays such as THE MIRACLE RIDER and THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS.  In THE MIRACLE RIDER lobby card at the top of this page, Kortman has the role of 'Longboat'.

  There's a profile of Kortman on the Old Corral.  Go back to the Old Corral homepage, and scroll down the left side menu to the Villains & Supporting Players section ... or click HERE (and use your browser's 'Back' button to return to this page).






(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - a young John Wayne has collared a young and thin Eddie Parker, and on horseback, Yakima Canutt has Earl Dwire under wraps. This re-release lobby card is from THE STAR PACKER (Lone Star/Monogram, 1934), one of eleven 1930s Wayne westerns directed by Bob Steele's father, Robert North Bradbury.

 There's a profile on Canutt on the Old Corral.  Go back to the Old Corral homepage, and scroll down the left side menu to the Stunt Men & Women ... or click HERE (and use your browser's 'Back' button to return to this page).





Frank DeKova (1920-1981) essayed many ethnic roles beginning around 1950 ... and he worked a lot in TV.  He portrayed 'Chief Red Hawk' in THE LONE RANGER (1956) movie which starred Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.

He's probably best remembered as 'Chief Wild Eagle' in the F-TROOP TV series which starred Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch.

(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)



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