(From Old Corral image collection)
Above is the buckskin clad Jay Silverheels on two of his 'Scouts' during his days portraying Tonto in the LONE RANGER TV show and movies. Silverheels, whose real name was Harold J. Smith, was Mohawk and born in Canada in 1919 (some sources mention 1912, including the California Death Records database). He passed away in 1980.
Silverheels did THE COWBOY AND THE INDIANS and THE LAST ROUNDUP with Gene Autry, CYCLONE FURY and LARAMIE with Charles Starrett, SINGIN' SPURS with the Hoosier Hotshots and Kirby Grant, and TRAIL OF THE YUKON with Grant as part of the Mountie series. Most of his other westerns were with George Montgomery, Jon Hall, etc., and while not part of a series, were barely above the B designation. And he was in four serials at Republic when he was still going by Harry Smith, before he changed his name to Silverheels Smith and before he switched to Jay Silverheels. One of Silverheels' better roles in an A or B+ grade film was as Geronimo in the Audie Murphy WALK THE PROUD LAND (Universal-International, 1956).
You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral, and then to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for: Jay Silverheels, born 5/26/1912 in Canada, and he passed away on 3/5/1980. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).
(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Jay Silverheels: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0798855/
Mary Spooner has a page with a biography and many photos of Jay Silverheels: http://www.celebhost.net/claytonmoore/jay.html
The 'Northern Stars - Canadian History of Hollywood' site has a page on Jay Silverheels. Their biography mentions that he was born in 1919, his real name was Harold Jay Smith, and his legally adopted name was Jay Smith Silverheels: http://www.northernstars.ca/actorsstu/silverheels_jay.html
Jim Tipton's FindAGrave website has info on Jay Silverheels: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4407