Wesley "Wes" Studi (born December 17, 1947) is a U.S. actor of Native American descent.
Born in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, Studi was schooled on a reservation. Until he attended grade school, he spoke only Cherokee. In 1967, he was drafted into the Army and served 18 months in Vietnam. After his discharge, Studi studied at Tulsa Junior College.
He is best known for his roles as both brave and vicious Indians, such as the Pawnee warrior in Dances with Wolves and Magua in The Last of the Mohicans (1992). In 2002, Studi brought to life the legendary Tony Hillerman character Lt. Joe Leaphorn, for a series of PBS movies produced by Robert Redford.
In 2005, he portrayed a character inspired by the Powhatan warrior Opechancanough in The New World, a 2005 Academy Award-nominated film directed by Terrence Malick, and starring Colin Farrell. The historical adventure is set during the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and includes other characters inspired by historical figures,...
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Undisputed is a 2002 action movie released through Miramax. The film starred and was co-produced by Wesley Snipes, directed by Walter Hill, and written by David Giler and Walter Hill, who is probably best known as the writer/director of 48 Hours and Streets of Fire, but had most recently directed Supernova. He co-wrote the film with David Giler, with whom he had previously collaborated on the Alien series and Southern Comfort. Direct to video sequel without any of the original cast members Undisputed II: Last Man Standing was released in 2006.
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The soundtrack features music by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, and a song by Clannad. The film won an Academy Award for Sound.
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