Nov. 10th, 1939
Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA
Russell Means' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Unearthed
2007 - Pathfinder
2004 - The Last Shot
2004 - The Assassination Of Richard Nixon
2004 - Black Cloud
2000 - Thomas and the Magic Railroad
1995 - Pocahontas
1994 - Natural Born Killers
1992 - The Last of the Mohicans
1992 - Incident at Oglala
Guest TV Roles
Luther Iron Shirt
Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during 1973 standoff with the US government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the US Libertarian party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination. (He lost the nomination to Congressman Ron Paul.) Since 1992, Means has appeared in "The Last of the Mohicans, " "Natural Born Killers" and other movies. He has championed the rights of indigenous peoples in other countries as well as the US. In a televised speech to the 2000 Libertarian Party National Convention, Means said that he prefers the label "Indian" to the more politically correct "Native American." "Everyone who is born in America is a native American, " he said.
- In 1976, Andy Warhol made a portrait of Means as part of his "American Indian Series" of portraits. The portrait can be viewed as part of the collection of the Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute, among other institutions.
- Ran for President of the United States in 1988 as a Libertarian Party Candidate.
- Father of actor 'Tatanka Means' (qv).
- (2001) Running for governor of New Mexico as an Independant, was a Libertarian candidate but left party October 21
- Previous occupations include assistant golf pro, ballroom dance instructor, computer programmer, systems management director, and accountant.
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