Born: May 26, 1912, Six Nations Indian Reserve, Brantford,
Died: March 5, 1980 (age 68), Calabasas, California
Jay Silverheels (Harold J. Smith) was a Canadian Mohawk actor. He was
best known as Tonto, the faithful American Indian companion of The Lone
Ranger in a long-running American television series.
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Jay Silveerheels? Take this quick
Alan's FUN Westerns Trivia quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.
1. Silverheels began working in motion pictures in 1937. During the
early years of his screen career, appeared in low-budget features,
westerns, and serials. What was the name he used?
- Harry Smith
- Iron Eyes Cody
- Chief Matawan
2. Of the near 200 joint ventures Silverheels made with Clayton
Moore, the actors co-starred in just 4 features where they did
Tonto and The Lone Ranger: Perils of Nyoka (1942),
and the Indians (1949), Cyclone Fury (1951) and
3. What was the 1948 film that he played Tom Osceola in an uncredited
- Singin' Spurs
- Key Largo
- Fury at Furnace Creek
4. In Walk the Proud Land (1956), who did he play?
5. In the early 1960s, Silverheels helped to establish the Indian
Actors Workshop in Echo Park, California as a place where Native
American actors could develop their acting skills. The workshop is still
6. In Broken Arrow (1950), who did he play?
7. Among his later appearances were an episode of The Brady Bunch, as
a Native chief who befriends the Bradys in the Grand Canyon.
8. As Tonto, what was the name of his horse?
9. In 1938 Silverheels fought in the middleweight section of the
Golden Gloves tournament. What did he place?
10. What year was he inducted into the Hall of Great Western
Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum?
11. What was Silverheels cause of death?
- Lung cancer
- Auto accident
12. Where is Jay Silverheels buried?
- Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, California
- Cremated, ashes returned home to Six Nations Indian Reserve,
- Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, California