CBC.ca Arts – Dances with Wolves actor-musician Floyd Red Crow Westerman dies

Floyd Red Crow Westerman, a U.S. aboriginal activist, actor and folksinger who appeared in the movie Dances with Wolves and performed with Willie Nelson and other musicians, has died. He was 71.

Westerman died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from leukemia, his son, Richard Tall Bear Westerman, said late Friday.

The entertainer appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, including in recurring roles as Uncle Ray Firewalker on
Walker, Texas Ranger and George Littlefox on Dharma & Greg.

His most memorable movie role was in Kevin Costner’s 1990
Oscar-winning Western epic, Dances with Wolves. He played the Sioux leader Ten Bears, who befriends Costner’s character.

A respected musician, Westerman worked with Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne and others. His debut album, released in 1970, was titled Custer Died For Your Sins. Last year he released A Tribute to Johnny Cash to positive reviews.

Always liked that dude.

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