Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wes Studi Tribute

Wes as Magua, The Last of the Mohicans

Wes Studi is one of the greatest actors ever. We practically worship the guy and will watch anything he is in. He definately tops our list of people we want to meet.

Known best for playing the revenge seeking Huron warrior, Magua, in Last of the Mohicans, Wes has built a career out of portraying Native American characters and since he is Cherokee, born and raised in Oklahoma, HE DOES IT BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.

If he had never acted again after The Last of the Mohicans it would have been a shame but to be honest that performance alone was such an outstanding and compelling accomplishment in and of itself, it would have made him a legend anyway.

Wes Studi is a Vietnam veteran, musician, author, activist and award winning actor. A true Renaissance man, Wes is a favorite among other actors and is known to have a big heart, a big smile and a generous and good humored nature.

Wes took up the role of Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn from author Tony Hillerman's best selling Native American mystery novels and along with Adam Beach as Officer Jim Chee made three of the films produced by Robert Redford by PBS. Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits and A thief of Time. We are still clamoring for more! We loved these TV movies. Plus, it's awesome to say Jim Chee. But even cooler to say Joe Leaphorn.

Wes is also a stone carver and creates amazing art.

He has won numerous awards and recently was honored again by the 12th annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival along with fellow actor Richard Chamberlain.

This year he is going to be at the Red Earth's Silver Anniversary Celebration in Oklahoma City as a VIP. In previous years he was named as Ambassador of the Festival.

Currently, according to the IMDB he has no less than 9 different movies in pre-production. He is one of Hollywood's most sought after Native American actors. At this point he has made over 50 films and has done countless TV movies and shows. He was in an episode of our favorite TV show of all time - Highlander.

He was also the Chief in the movie Avatar, although little recognizable as a CGI Na'vi. Later that year, 2009, both Wes and James Cameron were honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame - on the same day.

Wes, as Eytukan, in Avatar

Wes is the real deal.

His portrayal of Geronimo in the 1993 Jason Patric vehicle, Geronimo, was outstanding. How he has never won an Academy Award is as baffling as wondering how Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace prize.

Wes Studi is a compelling person and outrageously talented actor. We can't wait to see what other projects he comes up with.

Wes's Wiki Article

Red Earth's 25th Anniversary Info

12th annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival Honoree

American Indian Film Festival - Best Actor Speech

Last of the Mohicans - Final fight scene
The music, cinematography and actors made this one of the best movies ever made.

Wes Studi at

The Studi - fan page

Duncan: You there, Scout! We must rest soon, the women are tired.
Magua: No, two leagues, better water. We stop there.
Duncan: No, we'll stop in the glade just ahead. When the ladies are rested, we will proceed. Do you understand?
Magua: [speaking Huron] Magua understands that the white man is a dog to his women. When they are tired, he puts down his tomahawk to feed their laziness.
Duncan: Excuse me, what did you say?
Magua: Magua said... I understand English, very well.


Anonymous said...

Awesome Picture!! He is a GREAT ACTOR that doesn't get enough credit!!

Lani said...

I have been impressed by this man's soaring talent every time I've seen him on screen and I too look forward to whatever he chooses to do next. He does 'take stage' - one can't take their eyes off him when he's on screen. He can say more with one riveting look than some can say in an extended monologue. Always a delight. Surely an Academy Award is long past due. Thank you for giving us so many memorable moments in film and for your kind and generous spirit.

Anonymous said...

I was captivated by his portrayal of the the brave pawnee warrior in Dances with Wolves. And became a fan of his work since. It helps he and I share a birthday too.

lois Jevahirian said...

You don't know a person watching them act in any film ~ But his eyes tells all ~ It never is > just a part < It is his caring heart with a message > Truth > honor and yet most people just watch the story unfold, without feeling it or understanding the True history or it is all happening in our live even now. He is a great Actor.