JAY TAVARE (Blackwing) has been seen in roles in Ron Howard's The Missing
with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett; in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain
opposite Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and RenÃ©e Zellweger; and in Spike Jonze's
Adaptation, starring with Meryl Streep and Nicolas Cage.
Tavare comes from a multi-ethnic background of White Mountain Apache,
Navajo and mixed European ancestry. He spent his teenage years in Europe, playing
percussion and singing in several bands. He then choreographed and produced a dance
troupe called the Dance Warriors and worked as a club promoter and disc jockey before
starting his acting career in European commercials.
Returning to the U.S., he landed his first film role as Vega in Streetfighter, costarring
opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. He followed that with a
supporting role opposite Kurt Russell and Halle Berry in Executive Decision and then
took the lead role in Unbowed, which went on to win Best Picture at the American Indian
Film Festival and garnered Tavare the Best Actor Award.
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