We've listed four of his best movie roles in videos below, as well as three that aren't as, um, notable. Do you have a favorite Russell Means role? Let us know in the comments below.
Means was a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), famous for its 71-day government standoff in 1973 at Wounded Knee and sometimes violent conflicts with federal agents. Later he joined the Libertarian party and announced his candidacy for presidential nomination in 1987. "He lost the nomination to Congressman Ron Paul," notes IMDB. The movie website also lists Means' previous occupations as "golf pro, ballroom dance instructor, computer programmer, systems management director, and accountant."
The Hollywood Reporter says Marlon Brando, one of AIM's most famous supporters, consulted with Means to have Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather accept the Oscar on his behalf when we won best actor in 1972 for his role in The Godfather.
The Associated Press reports that Means died early Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., according to Oglala Sioux Tribe spokeswoman Donna Salomon.
Means, a Wanblee native who grew up in near San Francisco, announced he had inoperable throat cancer in August 2011 and told the AP he was seeking traditional American Indian remedies and alternative treatments away from his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
A statement from Means' family was posted on his official website:
October 22, 2012
Hello our relatives. Our dad and husband, now walks among our ancestors. He began his journey to the spirit world at 4:44 am, with the Morning Star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine. There will be four opportunities for the people to honor his life to be announced at a later date. Thank you for your prayers and continued support. We love you. As our dad and husband would always say, “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.”The wife and children of Russell Means444 Crazy Horse DrivePahin Sinte, Republic of Lakotah
Last of the Mohicans: "Chingachgook"
Curb Your Enthusiasm: "Wandering Bear"
Pocahontas: "Chief Powhatan" (voice)
Natural Born Killers: "Old Indian"
Walker Texas Ranger: "Luther Iron Shirt"
29 Palms: "The Chief"
Which Russell Means roles are your favorites?