Pierre Brice (born 6 February 1929 in Brest, France), birth name Baron Pierre Louis de Bris, is a French actor, mainly known to the audience for his role as fictional Apache-chief Winnetou in German Karl May movies.
When he was 19, Brice enlisted as volunteer to the French army and was fighting in the war at Indochina. From 1962 to 1968 Brice acted in a total of eleven German Western movies adapted from novels by German author Karl May, in which he played the fictional red Indian chief Winnetou of the Mescalero Apache-tribe, alongside alternatively Lex Barker (7 movies), Stewart Granger (3 movies) and Rod Cameron (1 movie) as the white heroes. After the movies he also played this role at the Karl May Festspiele in Elspe from 1977 to 1980 and 1982 to 1986 and at the Bad Segeberg open-air theatre, Germany, from 1988 to 1991 and also worked there until 1999 as director of several open-air theatre productions (the open-air theatre in Bad Segeberg is dedicated only to productions of Karl...
The film Old Shatterhand (known as Apaches Last Battle in the UK) is a very successful Eurowestern based on the character Old Shatterhand invented by Karl May. It is a French, Italian, Yugoslavian, West German co-production. The film was the most expensive Karl-May-Western. Composer Riz Ortolani was even allowed to use a chorus for his film score.
Killings of innocent ranchers indicate the Apaches have broken the peace treaty. Old Shatterhand, blood brother of the Apache chief Winnetou, finds out that ruthless lands grabbers did the killings, hoping to start off a war between the Indians and the settlers, and follows the trail right back to the gates of the cavalry's fort.