Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reel Indians of the Santa Susanas -- Jay Silverheels

Jay Silverheels (1912 – 1980) was a Canadian born actor, and the son of a Mohawk (First Nations) Chief.  Before entering the film industry as a stuntman in 1938, he had been an all star lacrosse player and boxer.  He is best remembered for his role as Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" TV series (1949–1957).

Jay Silverheels Santa Susana locations filmography:

Kit Carson (1940) starring Jon Hall, Lynn Bari and Dana Andrews (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Perils of Nyoka (1942) starring Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore and William 'Billy' Benedict (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Daredevils of the West (1943) starring Allan Lane, Kay Aldridge, Eddie Acuff (Iverson Ranch) Republic

The Tiger Woman (1944) starring Allan Lane, Linda Stirling and Duncan Renaldo (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Haunted Harbor (1944) starring Kane Richmond, Kay Aldridge and Roy Barcroft (Iverson Ranch) Republic

Romance of the West (1946) starring Eddie Dean, Emmett Lynn and Joan Barton (Corriganville) PRC

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt (Chatsworth) Warner Bros.

Laramie (1949) starring Charles Starrett, Fred F. Sears and Tommy Ivo (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Columbia

Broken Arrow (1950) starring James Stewart, Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget (Iverson Ranch) 20th Century Fox

Brave Warrior (1952) starring Jon Hall, Christine Larsen and Jay Silverheels (Corriganville) Columbia

Jack McCall Desperado (1953) starring George Montgomery, Angela Stevens and Douglas Kennedy (Iverson Ranch) Columbia

The Nebraskan (1953) starring Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes and Wallace Ford (Burro Flats)(Corriganville) Columbia

Drums Across the River (1954) starring Audie Murphy, Walter Brennan and Lyle Bettger (Burro Flats)(Iverson Ranch) Universal

The Black Dakotas (1954) starring Gary Merrill, Wanda Hendrix and John Bromfield (Burro Flats)(Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Columbia

Four Guns to the Border (1954) starring Rory Calhoun, Colleen Miller and George Nader (Bell Ranch) Universal

Masterson of Kansas (1954) starring George Montgomery, Nancy Gates and James Griffith (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Columbia

The Lone Ranger (1956) starring Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels and Lyle Bettger (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

Return to Warbow (1958) starring Philip Carey, Catherine McLeod and Andrew Duggan (Iverson Ranch)(Corriganville) Columbia

Alias Jesse James (1958) starring Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming and Wendell Corey (Iverson Ranch) United Artists

Santee (1973) starring Glenn Ford, Michael Burns and Dana Wynter (bell Ranch) Crown

"The Lone Ranger" (TV Series) (1949-1957) -- 220 episodes as Tonto

He appeared in a plethora of other TV Westerns and episodes filmed at Santa Susana locations.

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