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Chief Thunder Cloud
Sometimes spelled as Thunder-Cloud, Thundercloud, Thunder Cloud
Real name: Victor Daniels
1899 - 1955

(From Old Corral collection)

Above are Chief Thunder Cloud as 'Tonto' and the unmasked Bob Livingston in a scene from the cliffhanger, THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN (Republic, 1939).

Victor Daniels (1899 - 1955) used the screen name of Chief Thunder Cloud and did scores of films, including the role of 'Tonto' in THE LONE RANGER (Republic, 1938) and THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN (Republic, 1939) cliffhangers. He was also a brief member of Monogram's Trail Blazers trio series.

In later years, he worked at Ray 'Crash' Corrigan's Corriganville Movie Ranch.

His film career began in the 1930s and he continued working up to his death in 1955 from shock after surgery for stomach cancer.

His last film was THE SEARCHERS (1956) which starred John Wayne.

On his January 12, 1937 Social Security application, Daniels lists himself as Cherokee. There were several variations of his screen name - Chief Thunder Cloud, Thunder-Cloud, or Thundercloud.

Find A Grave has a photo of the grave marker for Chief Thunder Cloud at Forest Lawn - Glendale:

(Courtesy of Don Swinford)

Above - Daniels portrayed the famous Apache chief Geronimo in the 1939 Paramount film of the same name and is shown prominently in the left side of this lobby card.  Star Preston Foster is in the small photo at the bottom left.  The photo inset shows from left to right: Andy Devine, Charlie Stevens, William 'Bill' Henry, Addison Richards, two unidentified players, Ellen Drew, Ralph Morgan (facing the crowd) and Preston Foster.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above are Chief Thunder Cloud and Eddie Dean in a scene from ROMANCE OF THE WEST (PRC, 1946), one of the several westerns starring singin' cowboy Dean that were done in CineColor.

(Courtesy of Virginia Herrick & Dick Madigan)

Above - Virginia Herrick is being menaced by Chief Thunder Cloud as the titled warchief in I KILLED GERONIMO (Eagle Lion, 1950), which starred former Hoppy helper James Ellison.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)
The pressbook cover from MURDER ON THE YUKON (Monogram, 1940) shows Chief Thunder Cloud pouncing on Renfrew star James Newill.  Note that he's listed third as Chief (Geronimo) Thundercloud.  The 'Geronimo' reference and tie-in was to Daniels portrayal of the Apache Indian chief in GERONIMO (Paramount, 1939).

In KING OF THE STALLIONS (Monogram, 1942), Daniels is billed as "Chief Tonto Thundercloud".

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Lobby card above from KING OF THE STALLIONS (Monogram, 1942) with Thunder Cloud referred to as 'Tonto'. Dave O'Brien, Thunder Cloud (next to O'Brien in bottom left), and Ric Vallin (white buckskins above Daniels head) were the stars of KING OF THE STALLIONS (Monogram, 1942; alternate title CODE OF THE RED MAN).

 There's extensive coverage on Chief Thunder Cloud (Victor Daniels) 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 that bio will open in a separate window / tab.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Chief Thunder Cloud:

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