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Graham Greene

Academy Award nominee Graham Greene, a full-blooded Oneida Indian, was born on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada. He began his entertainment career in television, film and radio in 1976, first working as an audio technician for rock bands. He subsequently owned his own recording studio in Hamilton, Ontario.

In the early 1980s, Greene found himself doing collective theatre in Britain. Upon his return to Canada, he won his first major film role opposite Al Pacino in Hugh Hudson's historical epic, Revolution. Five years later, he earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Kicking Bird opposite Kevin Costner in the 1990 Dances with Wolves, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

He has since gone on to co-star alongside Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in Die Hard With A Vengeance, Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy in Camilla and Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in Maverick. He starred as Walter Crow Horse opposite Val Kilmer in Michael Apted's thriller, Thunderheart. Other motion picture credits include Pow Wow Highway, Running Brave, Benefit of the Doubt, North, The Education of Little Tree, Shattered Image, Clearcut and Wounded.

On the small screen, Greene starred as Ishi, the last Yahi Indian, in HBO's The Last of His Tribe, and as Prospector Pete in O Rugged Land of Gold for The Family Channel. He won a Gemini Award for Best Supporting Performance in the Canadian children's TV series Dudley the Dragon, and guest-starred on three segments of CBS-TV's Emmy-winning series, Northern Exposure. He has also starred in the PBS/American Playhouse drama Where the Spirit Lives, TNT's Cooperstown, NBC's Unnatural Causes, HBO's Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child and the CBC network productions Grey Sky, North of 60 and 9B.

Greene, an active member of Toronto's theatre scene, won the 1989 Dora Mavor Moore Award as Best Actor in the acclaimed staging of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. Other stage credits include Jessica, Diary of A Crazy Boy and Coming Through Slaughter.

In 1992, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, one of the nation's pre-eminent museums dedicated to the culture of Native Americans.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Graham Greene Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJune 22, 1952 (65)
SignCancer
BirthplaceSix Nations Reserve, Ontario, Canada

Selected Filmography

All Hat
Atlantic Rim
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Shack, The
The Green Mile
The Shack
Bones of Contention
Grey Owl
When I Find the Ocean
Out of the Darkness
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