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Billy Merasty

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    • January 1st, 1960
Billy is an actor, playwright, Cree translator, and language keeper. He was born to Viola and Pierre Merasty in 1960 in Brochet, Manitoba. His grandfather was Joe Highway, a famous caribou hunter and champion dogsled racer. He moved to Toronto at age eighteen in search for his uncle René Highway, who was at the time working for the Toronto Dance Theatre. At age twenty-three Billy launched his acting career after graduating from the Native Theatre School for aspiring Indigenous artists. He then went on to work for the renowned Indigenous performing arts company Native Earth Performing Arts. Billy has worked as a film, television, and stage actor for decades and notably played the first Indigenous gay character on television on the CBC series, Liberty Street, in the role of Nathan. Billy received the Order of Manitoba (Order of the Buffalo Hunt) in recognition for his many years as an Indigenous role model in 2010.

Filmography

Acting (8 Credits)

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2019It Chapter Two as Shokopiwah Man
2011Moby Dick (2011) as Tashtego
2008Northern Lights as Jacob
2007Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee as Young Man Afraid
2005The Big White as Cam
2004Battle of the Brave as Owashak
1995The Confessional as Moose
1994Exotica as Man at opera

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