Graham Greene received Lifetime Achievement Award at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

By Sandra Hale Schulman
 - News From Indian Country -

Actor Graham Greene, a Native Canadian who has been a working actor since the late 1970s and has appeared in over 100 films and television programs, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival Opening Night last November.

The award was presented after a screening of Rumble: The Indian Who Rocked The World by the film’s producers including Stevie Salas and Christina Fon, and the head of the film festival. The festival and presentation was held at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Hollywood, FL.

One of the busiest native actors in the business, Greene was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Dances with Wolves and has won many Gemini Awards as well as a Grammy in 2000 for his spoken word children’s album, “Listen to the Storyteller.”

Some of his best-known films include The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Green Mile, Thunderheart (with John Trudell and Val Kilmer) and Powwow Highway. He is also a recurring major character on the TV series Longmire.

Graham Greene plays the leading role of a tribal police officer in the recently released thriller Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan. Wind River, which was featured at Cannes and was released in the U.S. on August 4, 2017, is set on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

At the award ceremony, Greene was overcome with emotion watching the Rumble film. He wept and laughed and nudged his group several times with comments about the people and events in the film he had been personally involved with from Woodstock to Standing Rock.

When the clips of his work over 4 decades ran, he adjusted his glasses and looked at the screen in disbelief. He gave a short humble speech and gave thanks for such a long rewarding career as he was given a plaque.

Graham Greene, CM (born June 22, 1952) is a Canadian First Nations actor who has worked on stage, in film, and in TV productions in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Greene is an Oneida born on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario.

His first dealings with the entertainment industry came when he worked as an audio technician for rock bands based in Newfoundland and Labrador, when he went by the alias “Mabes”. He graduated from the Toronto-based Centre for Indigenous Theatre’s Native Theatre School program in 1974. Soon after, he began performing in professional theatre in Toronto and England.

His TV debut was in The Great Detective in 1979, and his screen debut was in 1983 in Running Brave. He appeared in Powwow Highway and the First Nations’ CBC TV series Spirit Bay. Greene acted alongside mainstream actors Bruce Willis and Samuel Jackson in Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Greene co-starred as Slick Nakai with Adam Beach and Wes Studi in the film A Thief of Time, adapted from Tony Hillermans novels of the same name and produced by Robert Redford. In 1992, Greene played the role of Ishi in the HBO drama The Last of His Tribe.  He appeared that year in the contemporary action-mystery film, Thunderheart 1992), playing Walter Crow Horse, a gruff, savvy local cop living on an Indian reservation.

In 1994, he began appearing as Mr. Crabby Tree in the children’s series The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon for which he received the Gemini Award.  

In June 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from the Brantford campus of Wilifred Laurier University located near the Six Nations reserve he is from.

Editors Note: Runnng an article we found in one of our folders called “unused article for next month.” We apologize for the delay.

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