For the past 35 years Sonny Skyhawk has enjoyed a great career in the film and television industries, and has worked, tirelessly, to improve the image of the American Indian, starting out as an extra in movies, he went on to study advanced acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and has appeared in over 58 films and in countless television programs. Skyhawk is both a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and currently serves as the Chairman of the President’s Task Force for American Indians at the Screen Actors Guild.
As a Hollywood outsider, I have no idea if these claims are true. I await further evidence on the matter.
Skyhawk has only 14 roles listed on IMDB--none major and none since 2001. I'd guess that most of his appearances "in over 58 films and in countless television programs" were as uncredited extras.
I think he knows who I am, but he generally looks through me when we attend the same event. That isn't a terribly smart move if you want to get good publicity in this blog. <g>
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.
I have known of Sonny and have served with him on the diversity committee here in Los Angeles . He has a very negative reputation with the fellow committee members and was voted to be dismissed from the chairman of committee. It's unfortunate that these controversy's are among are people since it is so difficult to move the American Indian Actor forward in the industry. You can check me out . My resume will pretty much speak for itself. I have been a member of SAG since 1971. All my work in TV and films has either been feature, co-star, or guest Star. I don't wish to sound my horn but the comments about Sonny are definitely confusing . There are Indian actors like myself who put acting in the front and my Indian ancestry (although very proud) stays proudly in my heart. I am an AMERICAN INDIAN ACTOR,but I am a ACTOR FIRST.
Best Wishes Ronald Joseph
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