Back to prior page


More performers who did Indian roles




1932
 
1941

Joe De La Cruz (1892-1961) specialized in playing natives, Indians and Mexicans in a movie career that spanned about twenty+ years, from about 1920-1942. His death certificate and the 1940 census note that Joe was born in Mexico.

Joe has one of his few credited roles in the William Wyler directed HELL'S HEROES (Universal, 1929) which was re-made several times including John Wayne's THREE GODFATHERS. Joe is one of the gang, and after staging a robbery, baddies Charles Bickford, Fred Kohler Sr., Raymond Hatton and De La Cruz gallop out of town. But Joe is shot off his horse and dies at about 14 minutes into the film.

You can spot him as one of Francis McDonald's henchmen in the Bob Steele HIDDEN VALLEY (Monogram, 1932). There's good close-ups of a near fifty year old De La Cruz in the saloon gunfight near the end of Chapter 1 of THE ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER (Republic, 1940). De La Cruz, as the "Apache Kid", gets shot by Don Barry.


 There's more information and photos on Joe De La Cruz on the Old Corral.  Go back to the Old Corral homepage, and scroll down the left side menu to the Henchies/Henchmen section, and go to the page with De La Cruz ... or click HERE (and use your browser's 'Back' button to return to this page).






(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above L-to-R: William Boyd, George Hayes and Russell Hayden have Steve Clemento / Clemente (as 'Lone Eagle') under wraps in this crop from a lobby card from the Hopalong Cassidy adventure HILLS OF OLD WYOMING (Paramount, 1937).

Clemento (1882-1950) was born in Mexico, and was cast in silent and sound films as a native, a Mexican or an Indian. There are a few mentions in trade publications and newspapers that he was Native American, perhaps of Yaqui ancestry. While he did some movie roles, his claim to fame - and main source of income - was his prowess throwing knives, axes, etc. He used those skills in various films as well as touring with rodeos, circuses, etc.

He has a nice, lengthy role in the Technicolor short THE SUNDAY ROUND-UP (Warners, 1938) with Dick Foran. Foran plays a preacher who arranges a stage show to collect money for the poor and needy. Clemento is one of the acts and he gets to show off his knife and axe throwing skills (and his target is a very nervous Glenn Strange).


 There's more information and photos on Steve Clemento / Clemente on the Old Corral.  Go back to the Old Corral homepage, and scroll down the left side menu to the Henchies/Henchmen section, and go to the page with Clemento ... or click HERE (and use your browser's 'Back' button to return to this page).






(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Rick Vallin (1919-1977) was another familiar face in B films and 1950s western TV shows and he did a variety of ethnic roles.

In the photo left, Vallin as 'Little Bear' gives assistance to Dennis Moore in the chapterplay, PERILS OF THE WILDERNESS (Columbia, 1956).

Vallin is also pictured in the KING OF THE STALLIONS lobby cards in this section of the Old Corral.





On the right are Frank Lackteen (1895-1968) as the 'Vulture' and Gordon Elliott in Elliott's breakthrough role in the serial, THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK (Columbia, 1938). 

  There's a profile of Lackteen 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).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)





Robert 'Bobby' Blake was 'Little Beaver' to both Bill Elliott and Allan Lane in their 1940s Red Ryder westerns at Republic Pictures.  Shown with Blake is Alice Fleming who played the Duchess in many of the Ryder films.

Blake, whose real name is Michael Gubitosi, was one of the 'Our Gang' kids at MGM and in later life, the star of the BARETTA TV detective show.  His best film role is that of murderer Perry Smith in IN COLD BLOOD (1967).






(Courtesy of Les Adams)

L-to-R in the foreground are Dick Botiller, Carlyle Moore, Jr., Iron Eyes Cody and Dick Foran.  There are several unidentifieds in the background.  However, the only Native American appears to be Artie Ortego, who is directly behind Foran's left shoulder.  Scene from TREACHERY RIDES THE RANGE (Warners, 1936).



Back to prior page