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Jay Silverheels - Tonto 3

Jay Silverheels / Canadian Mohawk
Jay Silverheels achieved his greatest fame as the The Lone Ranger’s friend, Tonto. Being irreplaceable as the Lone Ranger’s best friend he subsequently also appeared in films, The Lone Ranger (1956) as well as in The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). – Wikipedia

Jay Silverheels - Tonto

Silverheels began working in motion pictures as an extra and stunt man in 1937. During the early years of his screen career, he was billed variously as Harold Smith or Harry Smith, and appeared in low-budget features, westerns, and serials. He adopted his screen name from the nickname he had had as a speedy lacrosse player. From the late 1940s he played in more prestigious pictures, including Captain from Castile starring Tyrone Power, I Am an American (1944), Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart (1948), Lust for Gold with Glenn Ford (1949), Broken Arrow (1950) with James StewartWar Arrow (1953) with Maureen O’HaraJeff Chandler and Noah Beery, Jr., Drums Across the River (1954), Walk the Proud Land (1956) with Audie Murphy and Anne BancroftAlias Jesse James (1959) with Bob Hope, and Indian Paint (1964) with Johnny Crawford. He made a brief appearance in True Grit (1969) as a condemned criminal about to be executed. He played a substantial role as John Crow in Santee (1973), starring Glenn Ford. One of his last roles was a wise white-haired chief in The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973). – Wikepedia

3 thoughts on “Tonto … Jay Silverheels

  1. Teepee12 says:

    What a GREAT poster! I really love it.

  2. Teepee12 says:

    I’m passing the baton to you and hope you will enjoy joining the world of Epically Awesome Award winners. http://teepee12.com/2013/04/14/epically-awesome-award-of-epic-awesomeness-twice/ and you’re IT!

    1. jcalberta says:

      thank you very much …
      i feel guilty taking any awards.
      let’s just say the subject matter is exceptional.

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