Studi, 70, is himself Cherokee. He was a Vietnam veteran and a Native American rights activist before he found roles, usually playing Native Americans, in films like Dances With Wolves and The Last Of The Mohicans.
Studi volunteered for active service and went to Vietnam with A Company of the 3rd Battalion 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. He served 12 months in Vietnam. He remembers the terror and violence of war, but also the natural beauty of Vietnam and the joys of friendship.
Greene, a Canadian member of the Oneida Nation, has been typecast so often in the movies that he said he’s getting tired of playing Indians.
Wes Studi played William Lawrence in the season seventeen Grey’s Anatomy episode Tradition.
Studi enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard at 17, then volunteered for active service and deployed to Vietnam for 12 months with the 39th Infantry Regiment. He saw intense urban combat in the Cholon section of Saigon and as part of a naval riverine unit.
Studi recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He served in Vietnam in 1967-1968. He was assigned to the 3rd Bn, 39th Infantry of the 9th Infantry Division and was stationed down in the Mekong Delta area.
Wes Studi is an award-winning full-blood Native American actor and film producer from Nofire Hollow in the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma who has won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Native Americans in film. He plays Kaetenay in the Showtime original series Penny Dreadful.