Chief Dan George

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Chief Dan George is perhaps best known for playing Old Lodge Skins in the 1970 Western Little Big Man.  He was not the first choice.

Director Arthur Penn initially wanted Sir Laurence Olivier for the part.  He also considered Paul Scofield.  Marlon Brando turned down the role.  Richard Boone was slated to take it but pulled out at the last minute.

It was only then that Penn heeded something author Thomas Berger’s analysis—that white actors are usually not very good in playing Indians.  George was then offered the role.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.