Actor, Marine Corps veteran, and Native American leader Saginaw Grant died Wednesday, Fox News reported. He was 85 years old.
A hereditary chief of Oklahoma’s Sac & Fox Nation, Grant was born in 1936 and went on to serve in the Korean War before taking up acting.
Grant portrayed Chief Big Bear in the 2013 action western movie The Lone Ranger, a film that also starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
He also took on numerous television roles, making notable appearances in Breaking Bad, Baywatch, and My Name Is Earl, to name a few.
“Never forgot his roots”
According to Fox, his publicist and longtime friend, Lani Carmichael, said Grant “loved both Oklahoma and L.A. He made his home here [in Los Angeles] as an actor, but he never forgot his roots in Oklahoma. He remained a fan of the Sooner Nation.”
Carmichael also said Grant was committed to issues surrounding Native Americans and veterans. “His motto in life was always respect one another and don’t talk about one another in a negative way,” Carmichael said.
Joseph Podlasek, who serves as organizer of the National Gathering of American Indian Veterans, also remembered Grant fondly.
As Fox reported, he recalled that the former Marine “thought it was important for Native people to get recognized as veterans. He was kind and gentle, and very humble.”
“Loved this country”
A post on Grant’s Facebook page was the first to break the news of his July 28 death. In the post, the acclaimed actor was described as someone who “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,” the social media post continued. “He bore the mark of this service as a proud reminder and had a deep love for bulldogs (the mascot for the US Marines).
The Facebook post also said “Saginaw was always happiest at pow wow sharing the love, energy and tradition of his people” while feeling “enormous pride in sharing culture through movies and public speaking.”
According to Fox News, a memorial service will be held for Grant in Los Angeles, but no further details have been released.