By James D. Watts Jr.
Studi got his start as an actor in the early 1980s, when he took a workshop led by Julie Little Thunder.
That workshop led to his first professional job, in the American Indian Theatre Company's 1984 staging of "Black Elk Speaks," which starred David Carradine and Will Sampson along with a cast of more than 30 Oklahoma actors.
Studi headed for Los Angeles a couple of years later, where he landed major roles in a number of Academy Award-winning films—"Dances with Wolves," "Last of the Mohicans," last year's "Avatar"—as well as playing the title role in "Geronimo."
Yet, Studi has often returned to Tulsa to appear in productions by the groups that evolved out of the American Indian Theatre Company—such as Thunder Road Theatre.
Below: "Wes Studi, who was honored this week at the Circle Cinema's Walk of Fame, will perform in the comedy Buffalo Gallery at the Tulsa PAC." (James Gibbard/Tulsa World)