Chief John Big Tree

  • Born on
    • June 2nd, 1877
  • Died on
    • July 6th, 1967
Chief John Big Tree was born on June 2, 1877 in Buffalo, New York, as Isaac Johnny John. He was an actor, known for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) and Devil's Doorway (1950). He died on July 6, 1967 in Onondaga Indian Reservation, New York. One of three men who posed for artist James Fraser for the profile which became the famous "Indian head nickel" or "buffalo nickel" minted 1913-1938. The other two were Chief Two Moons (of the Cheyenne) and Chief Iron Tail (of the Lakota Sioux). The image was reused for a special commemorative $50 gold piece in 2006--the USA's first 24k (pure gold) coin. Big Tree was a member of the Seneca Nation.

Starring Chief John Big Tree on Plex


Acting (12 Credits)

1950Devil's Doorway as Thundercloud
1949She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Chief Pony That Walks
1941Western Union as Chief Spotted Horse
1940Too Many Girls as Chief
1940Brigham Young as Big Elk
1940North West Mounted Police as Blue Owl (uncredited)
1939Susannah of the Mounties as Chief (uncredited)
1939Stagecoach as Indian Scout (uncredited)
1939Drums Along the Mohawk as Blue Back
1939Destry Rides Again as Indian in Saloon (uncredited)
1933The Telegraph Trail as Indian Chief (uncredited)
1924The Iron Horse as Cheyenne Chief

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