This used to be a page where I kept a listing of those actors
who were rumored to be Native American. Lately I'm being told of more and more
actors who look white, though they're actually a very high percentage Native
American. There's no point putting them in the directory of Native Americans who
look Native, so I'm putting them here instead (chiefly because the actor
directory is being used by casting directors - I seem to be forever whittling
away on that directory to cater to those - they look for those who look
Native American). So this list is not only of high
profile actors anymore.
Though when a Native American actor who looks Native makes it as
a cross over actor or gets big parts, I'll often list him here as well as in the
main directory on the site.
- A. Martinez.
Well known Latino/native looking actor. (I've heard from
two sources that he's 1/2 Blackfeet. Also heard that he
got information from his grandmother that he had
Blackfeet ancestry when he was cast in an NA part. He's
probably not all 1/2 Blackfeet, though). He's joining the
cast on General Hospital as Roy DiLucca.
- Anthony Quinn (Irish father, Mexican
Indian mother. In his 1972 autobiography " Original
Sin", he describes his Mexican Indian heritage)
- Ara Celi (Mexican/NA -
according to fan)
Gardner (Rumored to have Eastern Cherokee
roots. She says in her autobiography that she's Scots
Irish. No mention of Native American. I got an e-mail from someone who's
Tuscarora. He says she's actually Tuscarora/Scots Irish, but that it's an
honest mistake if she thought she was Cherokee).
Bratt (Qechua descent - Peruvian tribe, on his mother's side)
- Billy Bob Thornton (1/4 Choctaw)
Wirth. (Billy says he's Indian on his mother's side of the family
from the Iowa/Utah area. Jewish father).
Richmond. (Part Aleut. Branscombe told me so himself - on the
- Brian Austin Green from Beverly Hills 90210 (Scottish/Italian/Cherokee/Hungarian/Irish - not
Jewish! - According to a TV guide).
- Brian Van Holt (part Cherokee, according to an interview with
Reynolds (Tribal affiliation: Cherokee. Accepted
by the tribe, as far as I can tell. On Biography about
Burt Reynolds recently, it was stated, that even though
Burt had played Indians in films before, he is not
Huge moviestar and babe at the moment. Diaz is 1/8 Indian
according to rumour. Filmography.
- Carmen Electra from Baywatch. (Rumored to have Cherokee ancestry). Filmography
Also known as Cherilyn Sarkasian. Singer and actress.
(Tribal ancestry: Cherokee. According to her she's 1/16th
Cherokee on her mother's side. Her father is Armenian and
probably responsible for her dark looks). Profile,
Douglas (Cherokee and
2. Known primarily as Dylan on One Life To Live. He's
off that show and only time will tell what his next major
move will be. A Hollywood goodlooking/sensitive actor,
more than a typical NA actor - so far!
Norris. (Tribal ancestry Cherokee. Unconfirmed.
He's looking into it right now - 1997?). On TV,
According to his autobiography "The Secrets Of Inner
Strength" his father is Cherokee and his mother
Irish. (Annie: That information is probably older than
the one about him investigating his claim). Chuck
Personal Hero, Chuck
Norris Page, Filmography
Crawford (Rumored to have native roots in a
Rolling Stone feature in 1994, Cindy doesn't confirm or
deny it. Got a mail contesting the claim 5-12-98).
- Clint Walker (1/4 Cherokee?). Starred in western TV series
- Clu Gulager
Bernsen. (Cherokee) Son of Jeanne Cooper
Reese (Cherokee-African American. From a fan
May 1st 1999: She was on "The Rosie O' Donnell
Show" a few weeks ago and stated that her mother was
a full blooded Cherokee.). Plays Tess on "Touched by
Moore (said PRIVATELY that she has Cherokee heritage)
- Dennis Weaver
- Don Johnson. Have absolutely no idea if
this is true. Heard said he has Native ancestry
Presley. (Tribal affiliation: Cherokee). Filmography.
- Fred Ward. Don't know if he's NA. He played Joe
Leaphorn in Black Wind. He doesn't look like an Indian as
far as I can tell. There are also the rumours that there
were no NA actors in that movie. On the other hand, he
also played NA in Thunderheart. IMDb has the information
he's Scotch-Irish and Cherokee. Filmography
- Gail Smith (Black/Blackfoot/Narrangansett
- according to fan)
- Graham Greene II (Oneida)
- Hank Cheyne (Yaqui ancestry, according to himself). Known from Sunset Beach. Chat
transcript: <snip>I have a percentage of Yaqui,
from my father's side.... I take a lot of pride that I
have Native American blood in me. I feel that it grounds
Locklear (part Lumbee - recognized by the tribe)
Tylo - aka Deborah Morehart (Tribal Affiliation:
Cherokee. According to her IMDb bio she's about 45% on
her mother's side. I have no other confirmation on this).
Duval. Says a fan: This kid was in ID4. He played the son of the crazy
pilot guy who kamikazied into the alien ship to save the planet. Claims one fourth native blood.
Seems to play 'mixed up kids' a lot. Cute. Was in an NA movie recently.
Earl Jones (frequently has cited in
interviews a mixed Black Irish Cherokee ancestry - this
is a common combination in the South)
- James Garner. Filmography
and long bio. (His IMDb bio indicates he's part
- Jason London. (Tribal affiliation: Cherokee).
Jeremy London's twin brother. Filmography.
Cooper (both parents born on Cherokee
reservation. Accepted by FAITA as NA). Soap actress from
"The Young and the Restless". Mature woman.
London, (Tribal affiliation: Cherokee). Known
from "Party of Five". Jason London's twin
- Jesse Borrego. (Mexican.
Couldn't prove his Apache ancestry. Also some talk he has
Aztec ancestry. A fan feels he's probably Chicano Apache from Texas). Starred in Tecumseh, his only NA
- Jessica Alba. (Half
Mexican, according to a fan. A Canadian TV magazine over a year ago stated that
she had mixed heritage, including native. She particularly said that her grandmother was from Quebecois, where there is a huge presence of native
blood mixed with the French Canadians).
- Jessica Biel (German/French/English/Choctaw,
and a lot of others things too, according to a People interview)
The grand old man of country music. (Tribal ancestry:
Cherokee. Unconfirmed). Filmography.
Johnny Depp (Cherokee maternal grandfather
according to Depp himself). On TV, Profile,
Jon Leguiziamo (Mayan ancestry. Columbia)
- Kim Basinger (When she was on the cover
of Instyle Magazine March 1998 she mentioned that she's
Cherokee, Irish and Swedish blood. IMDb also has the info
that her grandmother was part Cherokee Indian). Filmography
Baker (Scottish, Swedish and Carcross/Tagish First Nations)
- Lisa Bonet. I don't remember for sure,
but think I've read that her father was half Black, half
- Lou Diamond Phillips
Van Peebles (a fan said he had Cherokee
ancestry. I've heard he had some Pacific type ancestry.
Any of you have any definite info?).
Longley. Dr. Matt Harmon in "Port
- Molly Culver
(Choctaw/Chickasaw). Tasha Dexter on the TV series "VIP." She was on "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher"
031500 and she talked about being Indian: "...my grandmother is full blooded Chickasaw -- Choctaw/Chickasaw -- from Oklahoma."
- Mykelti Williamson
Hathaway (Mohawk). Known from The Neverending Story.
- Paul Satterfield Jr. (1/4 Cherokee)
nephew of Rita Coolidge
Tarantino (Rumored to be 1/2 Cherokee.
- Rebecca Gayheart (Italian/Irish/German/Cherokee
- according to fan)
Dean Anderson (Scottish, Swedish, Norwegian and Mohawk)
Beltran , On TV
, Official site. (Mexican/American Indian). Filmography
Mitchum. (Rumored to have native ancestry) Filmography.
- Salli Richardson
(Black/Tribal affiliation: Cherokee)
- Sam Eliot (Possible Part Cherokee. Got a
mail contesting the claim 5-12-98)
- Shannon Elizabeth (Syrian/Lebanese/English/French/Cherokee,
according to her online bio)
Kramer (Eastern Cherokee. She seems to be
accepted by FAIE and others as NA). Dee Dee McCall on
Hunter. She released her debut album 1999. Filmography.
- Sydney Penny (half Cherokee?). Soap
Hatcher (source of rumor unknown. Got a mail
contesting the claim 5-12-98).
Lee Jones. Says a fan: I watched an
interview with him on Inside the Actor's Studio and he
was asked about his "Comanche" heritage. He
stated very strongly that he was NOT Comanche but that he
had Cherokee ancestory....and that it was "way
Bingham from Baywatch (Rumored to have native
Kilmer (possibly as much as 1/4 Cherokee)
Also check this one: Mixed
Take a look at this page about Fake indians for
people who had Native parts in movies without being the real
thing. Eh, this page is no longer completely accurate. The owner is working on
an upgrade, mgiht take some time before he gets it right. Wanna help?
Webmaster: My name is Annie. I'm
not native, and therefore not an authority on native issues. I do
make mistakes, so please correct me and help me make this a
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