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Jay Tavare

Jay Tavare

Jay Tavare appears opposite Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and Jude Law in Anthony Minghella's upcoming civil war drama Cold Mountain. Tavare plays a Cherokee Confederate soldier raised in the North Carolina mountains. He was last seen as a renegade orchid hunter opposite Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper in Spike Jonze's critically acclaimed Adaptation.

Born in the United States, Tavare spent much of his childhood in Europe. He played percussion, sang in several bands and went on to choreograph and produce a Spanish dance troupe called Dance Warriors. His interest in entertainment led to appearances in European commercials, which marked the start of his acting career.

Upon his return to the United States, he landed his first film role in Street Fighter, based on the popular video game. He played a Spanish matador opposite Jen-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. This led to a role as a terrorist in Executive Decision with Kurt Russell and Halle Berry.

At about this time, Tavare decided to reconnect with his Native American heritage. Among other things, he went on a traditional 'visionquest' to the Grand Canyon. He subsequently took up acting again and his next role tapped into his native roots. He starred in the independent romantic drama Unbowed. His performance won him the Best Actor Award at the American Indian Film Festival. Other film credits include Escape to Grizzly Mountain and El Padrino.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Jay Tavare Facts

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Selected Filmography

Executive Decision
Street Fighter
Pathfinder UNRATED
Vatos Locos
MacKenna's Gold/Missing
The Missing
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