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Wes Studi Biography
Wes Studi born Wesley Studi is a Cherokee American actor and film producer from Nofire Hollow in Oklahoma. Following his acting career he has won critical acclaim and awards for his portrayal of Native Americans in film. Wes has appeared in Academy Award-winning films, such as Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and in the Academy Award-nominated films Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) and The New World (2005).
He is best known for portraying Sagat in Street Fighter (1994). Other films Tom has appeared in includes; Hostiles, Heat, Mystery Men, Avatar, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and the television series Penny Dreadful.
Wes Studi Age
Wes was born on December 17, 1947 in Cherokee family in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma. He is 71 years old as of 2018.
Wes Studi Family
Studi was born in a Cherokee family in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, a rural area in Tahlequah named after his mother’s family. He is the son of Maggie Studie, a housekeeper, and Andy Studie, a ranch hand. Before he attended elementary school, he was speaking only Cherokee at home. Tom went to Chilocco Indian Agricultural School for high school and graduated in 1964; his vocational major was in dry cleaning.
When the age of 17 years old Wes enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard and had his Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Meeting recently returned Vietnam Veterans, Wes volunteered for active service and went to Vietnam with A Company of the 3rd Battalion 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. He served 18 months in Vietnam. After his discharge, Studi became politically active in American Indian activism.
In 1973 he participated in the Wounded Knee Incident at Pine Ridge Reservation. Wes told an interviewer for the magazine, Tulsa People’,’ that he first began acting while attending Tulsa Community College, after returning from his service in Vietnam. Tom had a role in the play, “Royal Hunt of the Sun,” for the American Indian Theater Company.
After his studies, Wes taught Cherokee language and syllabary and helped establish a Cherokee-language newspaper. He went into ranching.
Wes Studi Wife
Studi’s first marriage ended in divorce. He left ranching and began to study acting; a friend had recommended it as a place to meet women. Wes married Maura Dhu, and they moved their family to a farm near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the early 1990s.
Studi’s wife Maura is the only child of Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Jack Albertson. The couple has a son, Kholan. Wes has a daughter, Leah, and a son, Daniel, from his first marriage. The couple perform in the band, Firecat of Discord. Wes serves as honorary chair of the national endowment campaign of the Indigenous Language Institute in Santa Fe.
Wes endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Wes Studi Net Worth
Wes has an estimated net worth of $1 million dollars.
Wes Studi Movies | Wes Studi Films
From Year 2009 to 2019
- A Dog’s Way Home 2019
- Hostiles 2017
- Penny Dreadful 2016
- The Red Road 2015
- A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014
- Sugar 2013
- Being Flynn 2012
- Hell on Wheels 2011
- The Mentalist 2010
- Avatar 2009
From year 2001 to 2008
- Comanche Moon 2008
- Seraphim Falls 2007
- Three Priests 2006
- Into the West 2005
- Echoes from Juniper Canyon 2004
- Edge of America 2003
- Undisputed 2002
- Ice Planet 2001
From year 1980 to 1999
- Mystery Men 1999
- Deep Rising 1998
- Crazy Horse 1997
- The Killing Jar 1996
- Lone Justice 2 1995
- Street Fighter 1994
- Geronimo: An American Legend 1993
- The Last of the Mohicans 1992
- The Doors 1991
- Dances with Wolves 1990
- Powwow Highway 1989
- The Trial of Standing Bear 1988
Wes Studi Dances With Wolves
He is best known for his roles as ruthless Native American warriors, such as a Pawnee in Dances with Wolves (1990) as Toughest Pawnee.
Wes Studi Last Of The Mohicans
Wes appeared as Magua in The Last of the Mohicans. This is a 1992 epic historical drama film set in 1757 during the French and Indian War. The film was written and directed by Michael Mann and was based on James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 and George B.
Wes Studi Avatar
Wes appeared in James Cameron’s science fiction epic Avata in 2009. Wes played Eytukan, the chieftain of a Na’vi tribe, but did not have any dialogue in English. He played Cheyenne chief Yellow Hawk in a starring role in the 2017 film Hostiles.