Graham Greene (actor)

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Graham Greene
Greene in 1998
Born(1952-06-22) June 22, 1952 (age 62)
Six Nations Reserve, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Hilary Blackmore (1994–present)
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Graham Greene
Greene in 1998
Born(1952-06-22) June 22, 1952 (age 62)
Six Nations Reserve, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Hilary Blackmore (1994–present)

Graham Greene (born June 22, 1952) is a First Nations actor who has worked on stage, in film, and in TV productions in Canada, England, and the United States.

Early life and career[edit]

Greene is an Oneida born in Ohsweken, on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, the son of Lillian and John Greene, who was an ambulance driver and maintenance man.[1] He lived in Hamilton, Ontario as a young adult.[2]

His first brushes with the entertainment industry came when he was an audio technician for rock bands based in Newfoundland and Labrador, when he went by the alias Mabes. He graduated from The Centre for Indigenous Theatre's Native Theatre School program in 1974, which was based in Toronto. Soon after, he began performing in professional theatre in Toronto and England.


His TV debut was in an episode of The Great Detective in 1979, and his screen debut was in 1983 in Running Brave. He appeared in such films as Revolution and Powwow Highway, as well as the First Nations, CBC TV series Spirit Bay.

It was his Academy Award–nominated role as Kicking Bird (Lakota: Ziŋtká Nagwáka) in the 1990 film Dances with Wolves that brought him fame. He followed this role with films and performances on TV series, including Thunderheart, Benefit of the Doubt, and Maverick, and the television series Northern Exposure and The Red Green Show. Greene also acted alongside Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance, where he played Detective Joe-Rob Lambert. He hosted the reality crime documentary show Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science.

He co-starred as Slick Nakai with Adam Beach and Wes Studi in the film A Thief of Time (2004) and Coyote Waits, both adapted from Tony Hillerman novels of the same names and produced by Robert Redford.

In 1992, Greene played the role of Ishi, the last Yahi, in the HBO drama The Last of His Tribe.[3] He also appeared that year in the contemporary action-mystery film, Thunderheart (1992), playing Walter Crow Horse, a gruff, savvy local cop living on an Indian reservation.

In 1994, he began appearing as Mr. Crabby Tree in the children's series The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon, for which he received the Gemini Award. In 1997, Greene suffered a major depressive episode, and had to be hospitalized after a police encounter. He recovered after help from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Greene was featured as Arlen Bitterbuck, a Native American on death row in the Oscar-nominated The Green Mile (1999). He starred in the short-lived television series Wolf Lake in 2001.

In 2005, he acted as the potential love interest of a pre-operative transsexual woman in Transamerica. He appeared as himself in a parody of the famous Lakota-brand pain reliever commercials, on CBC Television's Rick Mercer Report.

In 2006, Greene presented the documentary series The War that Made America, about the Seven Years' War (French and Indian War) of the mid–18th century in North America. In 2007, he appeared as Shylock in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of The Merchant of Venice as well as Breakfast with Scot.

In June 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, near the Oneida reserve he is from.[citation needed]

Greene provides the pre-recorded narration for the highly acclaimed outdoor drama, Tecumseh! in Chillicothe, Ohio, based upon the life of the illustrious Shawnee chief of that name. Greene portrayed the illustrious Sioux leader Sitting Bull in a short Historica vignette.[4]

He was a guest star in an episode of the TV series Numb3rs, as a First Nations chief. He also guest-starred on multiple occasions on The Red Green Show as Edgar "K.B." Montrose, an explosives enthusiast. In one episode "Red Green" asks him what he thought of the movie Dances with Wolves. Greene's reply was that "...the native guy (himself as 'Kicking Bird') was OK. Should have gotten the Oscar. But the rest of it was a yawn!"

Greene also made a cameo in an episode of Royal Canadian Air Farce. In the sketch, Jacques Cartier (Don Ferguson) has to go through customs, whose officer is played by Greene. When Cartier asks Greene if he was in that movie Dances with Wolves, Greene replies "Yes". Cartier asks his name and Greene says "Kevin Costner".[citation needed]

He appeared in The Twilight Saga: New Moon as Harry Clearwater, Charlie Swan's old friend.

He is now working in the science fiction series Defiance as Rafe McCawley and in A&E's Longmire as Malachi Strand.

Awards and nominations[edit]

1991Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActorDances with WolvesNominated
1994Gemini AwardsBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesThe Adventures of Dudley the DragonWon
Gemini AwardsBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesNorth of 60Nominated
2004Gemini AwardsEarle Grey AwardLifetime achievementWon


1979The Great Detectiveepisode "The Black Curse"
1983Running BraveEddie Mills
1984Spirit BayPete "Baba" Green
1987Captain Power and the Soldiers of the FutureCherokeeappeared in Episode 2: "Wardogs"
1987Street LegalPauloappeared in season 1, episode 6: "Tango Bellarosa"
19889BDan Jacksonappeared in five episodes
1989Powwow HighwayVietnam Vet
Where the Spirit LivesKomi's Father
1990Lost in the BarrensMewasin
Dances with WolvesKicking BirdNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Last of His TribeIshi
ThunderheartWalter Crow Horse
Rain Without ThunderAuthor on History
Northern ExposureLeonardappeared in five episodes
1993Medicine RiverWill
Huck and the King of HeartsJim
Spirit RiderVern
CooperstownRaymond Maracle
North of 60Rico Nezepisode "The Art of the Deal"
Benefit of the DoubtCalhoun
The Broken ChainPeace Maker
1994The Adventures of Dudley the DragonMr. Crabby Tree
CamillaHunt Weller
Lonesome Dove: The SeriesRed Hawkappeared in three episodes
Murder, She WrotePeter Hendersonappeared in two episodes
Savage LandSkyano
The Red Green ShowEdgar K. B. Montroseappeared in nineteen episodes from 1994 to 2006
NorthAlaskan Dad
1995Die Hard with a VengeanceJoe Lambert
The PathfinderChingachgook
1996The Outer LimitsChief Weapons Officerepisode "The Light Brigade"
1997The Education of Little Tree (film)Willow John
Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic ScienceHimself (host)
1999Grey OwlJim Bernard
The Green MileArlen Bitterbuck
2000Big Wolf on CampusFerryman
2001Lost and DeliriousJoe Menzies
Wolf LakeMr. Sherman Blackstone
2002Duct Tape ForeverEdgar K. B. Montrose
Snow DogsPeter Yellowbear
SkinsMogie Yellow Lodge
2003Shattered City: The Halifax ExplosionElijah Cobb
Coyote WaitsSlick Nakai
2004A Thief of TimeSlick Nakai
A Beachcomber's ChristmasColin Reid
2005TransamericaCalvin Many Goats
Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson StoryLloyd Blackburn
Into the WestConquering Bear
Numb3rsChief James Clearwater
Buffalo DreamsJohn Blackhorse
Christmas in the Clouds
A Lobster TaleSheriff
2007Luna: Spirit of the WhaleBill Louis
All HatJim Burns
Just BuriedHenry Sanipass
CamillaHunt Weller
2009The Twilight Saga: New MoonHarry Clearwater
Tales of an Urban IndianAdam
2010The Wild Girl
Casino JackBernie Sprague
GunlessTwo DogsCameo
Being EricaDr. Arthur
The Legend of Secret PassGranpa
2013DefianceRafe McCawley
Chasing ShakespeareMr. Mountain
Atlantic RimAdmiral Hadley
2014LongmireMalachi StrandRecurring during Season 3
Winter's TaleHumpstone John

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Graham Greene Biograale". Encyclopedia of World Biography. April 18, 2006. 
  2. ^ Hemsworth, Wade (April 18, 2006). "The Greatest Hamiltonian". Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ Higgins, Bill (March 20, 1992). "Makers of HBO's 'Tribe' Given a Warm Reception". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ "First Nations: Sitting Bull". Historica. Retrieved May 23, 2007. 

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