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Wes Studi

5 out of 5

Award-Winning Native American Actor

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Wes Studi Biography

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.

Drawing from his rich life experience, Studi moved audiences with unforgettable performances in Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo: An American Legend, and Heat, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar, Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn and Scott Coopers Hostiles. Breaking new ground, he brought fully developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.

In 2019, Studi received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Award, an honorary Oscar statuette, given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.

Acting was never a goal in Studi’s youth. The eldest son of a ranch hand, Studi was born in 1947 in Nofire Hollow, in Northeastern Oklahoma. He spoke only his native Cherokee until he was 5, which he continues to speak it today. He joined the U.S. Army after high school and while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, he volunteered to serve one tour in Vietnam.

After an honorable military discharge, Studi returned home with a fire in the belly, and became seriously involved with Native American politics. He joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and participated in the Trail of Broken Treaties protest march in 1972, where hundreds of Native American activists marched on Washington. He was also one of the protesters who briefly occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building there.

Not long after, Studi channeled his feelings toward positive change. Shortly after Wounded Knee, Studi moved to the Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he worked for the Cherokee Nation and later attended Northeastern University.

After college, Studi shifted his attention to running his own horse ranch and became a professional horse trainer. It was during this era that he began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa in 1983 as an outlet for pent up feelings. Studi first took the professional stage in 1984 with “Black Elk Speaks” and was hooked. He has been acting ever since.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Wes Studi?

    Booking fees for Wes Studi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wes Studi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Wes Studi

5 out of 5

Award-Winning Native American Actor

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Santa Fe, NM, USA
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Wes Studi Biography

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.

Drawing from his rich life experience, Studi moved audiences with unforgettable performances in Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo: An American Legend, and Heat, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar, Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn and Scott Coopers Hostiles. Breaking new ground, he brought fully developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.

In 2019, Studi received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Award, an honorary Oscar statuette, given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.

Acting was never a goal in Studi’s youth. The eldest son of a ranch hand, Studi was born in 1947 in Nofire Hollow, in Northeastern Oklahoma. He spoke only his native Cherokee until he was 5, which he continues to speak it today. He joined the U.S. Army after high school and while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, he volunteered to serve one tour in Vietnam.

After an honorable military discharge, Studi returned home with a fire in the belly, and became seriously involved with Native American politics. He joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and participated in the Trail of Broken Treaties protest march in 1972, where hundreds of Native American activists marched on Washington. He was also one of the protesters who briefly occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building there.

Not long after, Studi channeled his feelings toward positive change. Shortly after Wounded Knee, Studi moved to the Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he worked for the Cherokee Nation and later attended Northeastern University.

After college, Studi shifted his attention to running his own horse ranch and became a professional horse trainer. It was during this era that he began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa in 1983 as an outlet for pent up feelings. Studi first took the professional stage in 1984 with “Black Elk Speaks” and was hooked. He has been acting ever since.

Wes Studi Videos

  • Wes Studi Announces SMOKE SIGNALS
    Wes Studi Announces SMOKE SIGNALS for AFI Movie Club.
  • Wes Studi receives an Honorary Award at the 2019 Governors Awards
    Oct 28, 2019 ... Wes Studi receives an Honorary Oscar at the 2019 Governors Awards on Sunday , October 27, 2019, in Hollywood. #HonoraryOscars ...
  • Wes Studi Discusses His Role in Dances With Wolves
    Award Winning Actor Wes Studi gives exclusive context and commentary to some of the biggest westerns of all time as part of HDNET MOVIES Summer of...

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  • How to book Wes Studi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wes Studi for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Wes Studi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wes Studi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wes Studi?

    Booking fees for Wes Studi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wes Studi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wes Studi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wes Studi for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wes Studi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wes Studi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wes Studi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Wes Studi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Wes Studi for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Wes Studi generally travels from Santa Fe, NM, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Booboo Stewart, Tantoo Cardinal, Billy Mills, Evan Adams and Sean Astin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wes Studi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Wes Studi Speaker Videos

  • Wes Studi Announces SMOKE SIGNALS
    Wes Studi Announces SMOKE SIGNALS for AFI Movie Club.
    Wes Studi receives an Honorary Award at the 2019 Governors Awards
    Oct 28, 2019 ... Wes Studi receives an Honorary Oscar at the 2019 Governors Awards on Sunday , October 27, 2019, in Hollywood. #HonoraryOscars ...
  • Wes Studi Discusses His Role in Dances With Wolves
    Award Winning Actor Wes Studi gives exclusive context and commentary to some of the biggest westerns of all time as part of HDNET MOVIES Summer of Westerns.
    Conversations with WES STUDI
    A Career Retrospective with Wes Studi. Moderated by Azia Celestino. With thanks to the National Native Americans Committee.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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