Wes Studi – Born and Raised in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma
Growing up in Nofire Hollow near Tahlequah and Park Hill in Oklahoma, Wes Studi never imagined becoming an actor. Over 50 years, however, Studi has become one of the most prominent Native actors in Hollywood by appearing in numerous films while breaking stereotypes that often portray Native peoples.
Early Life and Education
Wes Studi has come a long way since his childhood in Nofire Hollow in northeast Oklahoma. Born to Maggie Studie (a housekeeper) and Andy Studie (a ranch hand), Wes spoke only his native Cherokee until starting school at five. Studi graduated Chilocco Indian Agricultural School where he obtained a vocational degree in dry cleaning before joining the National Guard to serve one year in Vietnam.
Studi began his acting career at a Tulsa community theater production of John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks. Since then, Studi has lived in Santa Fe with his wife Maura Dhu and children Daniel and Leah; as a member of the Cherokee Nation he has used his fame to bring awareness to Native Americans’ struggles.
Wes Studi may reside on a ranch in New Mexico, but his Oklahoma roots run deep. Born in Nofire Hollow near Park Hill and Tahlequah, Studi spoke exclusively in Cherokee until entering school at five. Studi began acting at Tulsa Community Theater before going on to appear in movies such as Dances With Wolves where his portrayals of strong yet complex Native American roles earned him an Oscar Award nomination and won him widespread admiration and recognition from audiences and peers alike. As well as acting, Studi is also an avid advocate of Native issues which he advocates on his behalf as an activist and advocate on their behalf.
Wes Studi, unlike many actors who begin acting early in life, found his calling later in life. Born to ranch hand parents in Nofire Hollow in northeast Oklahoma and speaking only Cherokee until age 5, Wes Studi graduated from Chilocco Indian Boarding School before entering military service for one tour in Vietnam.
Today he lives in Santa Fe with his wife and their children, where he uses his work to raise awareness about American Indian issues through its publication and campaign for Native American rights; for instance he attended and protested during the Siege of Wounded Knee. In 40 days time he will celebrate his 76th birthday as part of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Wes Studi is an American actor and Vietnam veteran with a net worth estimated to be over one million. Born December 17, 1947 in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma; He currently maintains official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Wikipedia.
Studie was born to Maggie Studie, a housekeeper, and Andy Studie, a ranch hand of Cherokee descent. As a child he spoke only his native language until elementary school where English became compulsory. After graduation he joined the United States Army serving in Vietnam before beginning an acting career; best-known roles being Dances With Wolves and The Last of the Mohicans among many others; also producing and directing movies in addition to acting.