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WES STUDI gained attention in 2016 as Kaetenay in Showtime's Penny Dreadful. Wes is perhaps best known for his powerful portrayal of Magua in The Last of the Mohicans, and starring as Det. Joe Leaphorn in Tony Hillerman's Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits and Thief of Time on American Mystery! for PBS. His other film credits include the title role in Geronimo: An American Legend, Avatar, Dances With Wolves, The New World and The Only Good Indian. He has appeared on television in the PBS series We Shall Remain, The Red Road, Kings, The Mentalist, HBO's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Larry McMurtry's Comanche Moon and Streets of Laredo, Into The West, Superfire, American Playhouse PBS Trial Of Standing Bear, Longarm, Return To Plum Creek, and TNT's The Broken Chain and Crazy Horse.

On stage Wes has performed his one man show Coyote Chews His Own Tale, which debuted at the West Coast Ensemble Theater in Hollywood, and went on to standing-room-only audiences in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Also a musician and songwriter, he plays bass with the band Firecat of Discord. Wes is an expert horse trainer, an accomplished sculptor of stone, and the author of two children's books for the Cherokee Bilingual/Cross Cultural Education Center. Currently the Spokesman for the Indigenous Language Institute, he is fluent in both spoken and written Cherokee, his native language, and he provided the Cherokee translations for the Pulitzer Prize winning drama "The Kentucky Cycle". Wes was born in Nofire Hollow, and raised in Northeastern Oklahoma. He currently resides in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, singer-actress Maura Dhu Studi, and their son Kholan.


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