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Iron Eyes Cody

Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti), was an Italian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films, famously as Chief Iron Eyes in Bob Hope's The Paleface. He also played a Native American shedding a tear about litter in one of the country's most well-known television public service announcements, "Keep America Beautiful". Cody began acting in the early 1930s. He worked in film and television until his death. Cody claimed his father was Cherokee (and his mother Cree), also naming several different tribes, and frequently changing his claimed place of birth. To those unfamiliar with Indigenous American or First Nations cultures and people, he gave the appearance of living "as if" he were Native American, fulfilling the stereotypical expectations by wearing his film wardrobe as daily clothing—including braided wig, fringed leathers and beaded moccasins—at least when photographers were visiting, and in other ways continuing to play the same Hollywood-scripted roles off-screen as well as on. He appeared in more than 200 films, including The Big Trail with John Wayne; The Scarlet Letter, with Colleen Moore; Sitting Bull, as Crazy Horse; The Light in the Forest as Cuyloga; The Great Sioux Massacre, with Joseph Cotten; Nevada Smith, with Steve McQueen; A Man Called Horse, with Richard Harris; and Ernest Goes to Camp as Chief St. Cloud, with Jim Varney. In 1953, he appeared twice in Duncan Renaldo's syndicated television series, The Cisco Kid as Chief Sky Eagle. He guest starred on the NBC western series, The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, and The Tall Man, with Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. In 1961, he played the title role in "The Burying of Sammy Hart" on the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. A close friend of Walt Disney, Cody appeared in a Disney studio serial titled The First Americans, and in episodes of The Mountain Man, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. In 1964 Cody appeared as Chief Black Feather on The Virginian in the episode "The Intruders." He also appeared in a 1968 episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood featuring Native American dancers. Cody was widely seen as the "Crying Indian" in the "Keep America Beautiful" public service announcements (PSA) in the early 1970s.The environmental commercial showed Cody in costume, shedding a tear after trash is thrown from the window of a car and it lands at his feet. The announcer, William Conrad, says: "People start pollution; people can stop it." The Joni Mitchell song "Lakota", from the 1988 album, Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm, features Cody's chanting. He made a cameo appearance in the 1990 film Spirit of '76. Living in Hollywood, he began to insist, even in his private life, that he was Native American, over time claiming membership in several different tribes. In 1996, Cody's half-sister said that he was of Italian ancestry, but he denied it. After his death, it was revealed that he was of Sicilian parentage, and not Native American at all. Cody, at age 94, died of mesothelioma at his home in Los Angeles on January 4, 1999.


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Born:
Apr 3, 1907 In Gueydan, Louisiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
93
First Appeared:
In the movie The Viking 1928-11-02
Latest Project:
Movie Reel Injun 2010-02-19
Known For
Poster of Sand
Poster of Treachery Rides the Range

Iron Eyes Cody Movies Filmography

Movie
Reel Injun
Himself (archive footage) 2010-02-19
Movie
The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890
1991-03-19
Movie
Ernest Goes to Camp
Old Indian Chief 1987-05-22
Series
The A-Team
Chief Watashi 1983-01-23
Series
Hollywood
1980-01-08
Movie
Grayeagle
Standing Bear 1977-12-28
Series
The Immortal
Unknown 1970-09-24
Movie
El Condor
Santana 1970-06-19
Movie
A Man Called Horse
Medicine Man 1970-05-01
Series
Then Came Bronson
Unknown 1969-09-17
Series
Here's Lucy
Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie
Nevada Smith
Taka-Ta (uncredited) 1966-06-10
Series
The F.B.I.
Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie
The Great Sioux Massacre
Crazy Horse 1965-04-25
Series
Branded
Unknown 1965-01-24
Series
The Virginian
Chief Black Feather 1962-09-19
Movie
Black Gold
Charlie Two-Bits 1962-07-21
Series
The Rebel
Unknown 1959-10-04
Movie
Alias Jesse James
2nd Indian on Train (uncredited) 1959-03-20
Series
Rawhide
Unknown 1959-01-09
Series
Lawman
Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie
Gun Fever
1st Indian Chief 1958-01-01
Movie
Gun for a Coward
Chief 1957-01-30
Series
Sugarfoot
Unknown 1957-09-17
Series
Maverick
Unknown 1957-09-22
Series
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie
Westward Ho, The Wagons!
Many Stars 1956-12-20
Series
Cheyenne
Unknown 1955-09-20
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Series
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
Unknown 1955-09-06
Movie
Sitting Bull
Crazy Horse 1954-10-06
Movie
Fast Company
Ben Iron Mountain 1953-05-21
Movie
Fort Osage
Osage Brave - Blue Shirt 1952-02-10
Movie
Night Raiders
Henchman Cherokee 1952-02-03
Movie
Son of Paleface
Chief Yellow Cloud 1952-07-14
Movie
Apache War Smoke
Apache with Major Dekker's Hat 1952-09-25
Movie
Fort Defiance
Brave Bear (as Iron Eyes) 1951-10-09
Movie
Ace in the Hole
Indian Copy Boy (uncredited) 1951-06-29
Series
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie
California Passage
Indian 1950-12-15
Movie
Broken Arrow
Teese, Court Jester 1950-08-01
Movie
Comanche Territory
Comanche (uncredited) 1950-05-01
Movie
The Cowboy and the Indians
Indian Farmer (uncredited) 1949-09-15
Movie
Sand
Indian (uncredited) 1949-08-03
Movie
Massacre River
Chief Yellowstone 1949-06-26
Movie
The Gallant Legion
Indian Warrior 1948-05-24
Movie
Indian Agent
Wovoka 1948-12-11
Movie
Blood on the Moon
Indian 1948-11-11
Movie
The Paleface
Chief Iron Eyes 1948-12-17
Movie
The Senator Was Indiscreet
Indian 1947-12-31
Movie
Unconquered
Red Corn 1947-10-10
Movie
Bowery Buckaroos
Indian Joe 1947-11-22
Movie
Can't Help Singing
Indian Scaring Caroline (uncredited) 1944-12-25
Movie
Perils of Nyoka
Arab 1942-06-27
Movie
Valley of the Sun
Indian 1942-02-06
Movie
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Indian (uncredited) 1942-02-13
Movie
Lawless Plainsmen
Indian 1942-03-17
Movie
My Gal Sal
Indian (uncredited) 1942-04-30
Movie
Pierre of the Plains
Indian 1942-07-29
Movie
The Omaha Trail
1st Friendly Indian 1942-09-01
Movie
Overland Mail
Indian 1942-09-22
Movie
Springtime in the Rockies
White Cloud (uncredited) 1942-11-06
Movie
Dawn on the Great Divide
Indian 1942-12-18
Movie
Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Indian (uncredited) 1942-06-26
Movie
This Woman Is Mine
Hostile Indian 1941-08-22
Movie
Saddlemates
Black Eagle 1941-05-15
Movie
In Old Cheyenne
Indian 1941-04-04
Movie
Western Union
Indian Who Drinks Chemical Solution 1941-02-21
Movie
Winners of the West
indian 1940-07-02
Movie
Green Hell
Indian (uncredited) 1940-01-26
Movie
Young Buffalo Bill
Comanche Renegade (uncredited) 1940-04-11
Movie
Too Many Girls
Indian 1940-10-08
Movie
Kit Carson
Indian 1940-08-30
Movie
Colorado
Indian Henchman 1940-09-15
Movie
Young Bill Hickok
Big Bear 1940-10-21
Movie
Arizona
Indian (uncredited) 1940-12-25
Movie
Fighting Mad
2nd Indian at Post 1939-11-05
Movie
The Oregon Trail
Crow Foot 1939-07-04
Movie
Across the Plains
Brave 1939-06-01
Movie
Union Pacific
Indian (uncredited) 1939-05-05
Movie
The Kid From Texas
Wild West Show Indian 1939-04-14
Movie
The Cowboy and the Lady
Rodeo Indian (uncredited) 1938-11-17
Movie
Prairie Thunder
Indian 1937-09-10
Movie
Riders of the Whistling Skull
Indian 1937-01-04
Movie
The Bold Caballero
Indian (uncredited) 1936-12-01
Movie
Treachery Rides the Range
Little Deer 1936-05-02
Movie
Rose Marie
Indian Dancer (uncredited) 1936-01-31
Movie
Custer's Last Stand
Chief Brown Fox 1936-01-02
Movie
Massacre
Indian (uncredited) 1934-01-20
Movie
Fighting With Kit Carson
Cheyenne Rider 1933-07-01
Movie
Wild Girl
Indian 1932-11-09
Movie
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Indian at Sideshow 1932-02-21
Movie
The Viking
Indian (uncredited) 1928-11-02

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