Veteran Native American actor Saginaw Grant, known for starring alongside Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger and with two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins in The World’s Fastest Indian, passed away on Wednesday. He was 85. Grant's publicist and friend Lani Carmichael told the Associated Press (AP) that he died in his sleep due to natural causes at a private medical facility in Hollywood. She said, "His motto in life was always respect one another and don’t talk about one another in a negative way." Grant is survived by his daughter, Lisa; grandchildren Cassandra, Vanessa and Della; great-grandchildren Joseph, Sherry Jo, Stephen and Micah Little Crow; and brothers Austin and Francis.
Saginaw Grant's most memorable performances include a recurring role on the CBS series Harts of the West, starring Beau Bridges and his father, Lloyd Bridges, and aired between 1993-94, while also making an appearance as a person who sells a truck to Bryan Cranston’s character Walter White in the 2013 Breaking Bad episode 'Ozymandias'. He has also made appearances in shows like Nash Bridges, Baywatch, My Name Is Earl, Saving Grace, American Horror Story, Shameless, The League, Baskets and Veep.
Born on July 20, 1936, in Pawnee, Oklahoma, Grant attended Ponca Military Academy and served during the Korean War for the U.S. Marine Corps. He was bitten by the acting bug in early 1980s and first appeared in a Chrysler commercial. A detailed post has been released by Grant's family on Facebook which is as follows:
"It’s with heavy hearts we announce a warrior has been called home. Saginaw Morgan Grant, the hereditary chief and medicine man of the Sac & Fox tribe, traveled the world speaking of his traditions, his experiences, his sobriety and his faith as both a Native American and a Christian. Saginaw loved this country and fought in Korea as a Marine. He bore the mark of this service as a proud reminder and had a deep love for bulldogs (the mascot for the US Marines). Saginaw was always happiest at pow wow sharing the love, energy and tradition of his people. Watching the children grow in the traditions of their ancestors and to share in the spirits of dance to the beat of the drum brought him both joy and peace. He enjoyed competing in dance and did so up until Covid temporarily halted gatherings. He came to acting later in life and felt enormous pride in sharing culture through movies and public speaking. He was a jewelry maker and artist. He joins his nephew and sister Stella Wilson who passed earlier this year from Covid and his sons who preceded him in the last few years. He is survived by his daughter Lisa Grant, daughter-In-law Dodie L Kent, grandchildren Cassandra and Vanessa Kent and Della Grant, and great-grandchildren Joseph Soutter, Sherry Jo Soutter, Stephen Soutter, and Micah Little Crow, his brothers Austin JR and Francis SR, Publicist Lani Melisa Carmichael, his adopted son Rick Mora, a soon to be grandson Chayton Mora, adopted daughter Heather Everette, and his many nieces, nephews and cousins in Oklahoma."
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