Saginaw Grant, the Native American actor known for his performance as Chief Big Bear in “The Lone Ranger” and for his starring roles in “Breaking Bad” and other popular series and films, died Wednesday in Hollywood, according to the ‘Associated Press. He was 85 years old.
Grant’s publicist Lani Carmichael confirmed to the AP that he died peacefully of natural causes in a private care facility. “He loved both Oklahoma and LA,” Carmichael said of Grant, who was also the hereditary chief of the Sac and Fox Nation. “He made his home here as an actor, but he never forgot his roots in Oklahoma. He remained a fan of the Sooner Nation. “
Grant was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma in 1936 and then served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. His acting career began after being approached to appear in a Chrysler commercial, and in the late 1980s he began acting in character roles, with credits like “War Party” (1988), ” Harts of the West ”(1993-94) and a 1993 episode of“ The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles ”where he played Gray Cloud opposite Harrison Ford.
In addition to “The Lone Ranger” and “Breaking Bad”, Grant has also appeared in “Baywatch”, “My Name Is Earl”, “Saving Grace”, “American Horror Story”, “Shameless”, “Community”, ” Workaholics “and” Veep “, according to its IMDb page.
In addition to portraying Native American characters on screen, Grant has spent a great deal of time in Native American communities throughout his career. Carmichael shared that he was active in the powwow circuit in California, and a commemorative post on his Facebook page said these events saw Grant the happiest.
He has also traveled abroad to speak publicly about Native American life and culture, and has participated in various cultural organizations in California, such as the American Indian Advisory Board of the San Diego International Film Festival.
Carmichael has emphasized Grant’s kindness and humility throughout his life. “Her motto in life has always been to respect each other and not to talk about each other in a negative way,” she told the AP.