Jay Tavare

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Jay Tavare
BornNavajo Reservation, Arizona, U.S.A.
OccupationFilm actor
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Jay Tavare
BornNavajo Reservation, Arizona, U.S.A.
OccupationFilm actor

Jay Tavare /ˈtævɑːˈr/ is an American film actor and journalist. His career spans more than 18 years. A blogger on The Huffington Post, he also serves as a spokesman of non-profit groups related to aiding Native American children and elders on several reservations.[citation needed].

Film career[edit]

His first role in film was as the narcissistic Spanish ninja Vega in the live-action adaptation of the video game series Street Fighter. As a guest star on the CSI Miami 2008 season finale, Tavare performed all his own stunts, including a 23-story free fall.[citation needed] His repertoire of physical skills includes martial arts, dancing, acrobatics, bare back riding, archery and swordsmanship.

Civic activities[edit]

He has worked to publicize non-profits for several Indian nations. He travels regularly to visit the youth at the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico.[citation needed] He has reported on the issue of teenage suicide and publicized a suicide prevention program at the reservation, called Honor Your Life.[1]

Tavare is the celebrity spokesperson for Adopt-a-Native-Elder (ANE), a non-profit organization organized by two women, Linda Myers and Grace Yellowhammer, that provides support through donations and volunteers to 500 Navajo elders in Utah and Arizona who choose to live traditionally.[2]


He writes a blog for The Huffington Post.[3] He has been an invited speaker at Brown University.[citation needed]


1994Street FighterVega
1996Executive DecisionNabill
1999UnbowedWaka Mani (won "Best Actor" at the American Indian Film Festival)
2000Escape to Grizzly MountainTukayoo
2002AdaptationMatthew Osceola
2003The MissingKayitah
Cold MountainSwimmer
2004El PadrinoSpecial Agent Sanchez
2005Into the WestChief Prairie Fire
2006PathfinderBlack Wing
2008Turok: Son of Stone(Voiced) Koba
2008CSI: Miami "Going Ballistic"Manny Ortega
2011Vatos LocosJimmy Cavera
2015Bone Tomahawk
TBDMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainCode Talker


  1. ^ Jay Tavere, "Life or Death: Teen Suicide on American Indian Reservations", Huffington Post, 12 February 2011
  2. ^ Jay Tavare, "Adopt a Native Elder: When the Spirit Moves You...", Huffington Post, 8 March 2011, accessed 11 May 2012
  3. ^ "Jay Tavare", Huffington Post blog, accessed 11 May 2012

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