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Iron Eyes Cody

Actor | * 04/03/1907 († 91, 01/04/1999) | Gueydan, Louisiana (United States of America (USA))
Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti, April 3, 1904 – January 4, 1999) was an American actor of Italian descent who portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films, famously as Chief Iron Eyes in Bob Hope's The Paleface (1948). He also played a Native American shedding a tear about litter in one of the country's most well-known television public service announcements from the group Keep America Beautiful. Living in Hollywood, he began to insist, even in his private life, that he was Native American, over time claiming membership in several different tribes. In 1996, Cody's half-sister said that he was of Italian ancestry, but he denied it. After his death, it was revealed that he was of Sicilian parentage, and not Native American at all. ()
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Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti), was an Italian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films, famously as Chief Iron Eyes in Bob Hope's The Paleface. He also played a Native American shedding a tear about litter in one of the country's most well-known television public service announcements, "Keep America Beautiful". Cody began acting in the early 1930s. He worked in film and television until his death. Cody claimed his father was Cherokee (and his mother Cree), also naming several different tribes, and frequently changing his claimed place of birth. To those unfamiliar with Indigenous American or First Nations cultures and people, he gave the appearance of living "as if" he were Native American, fulfilling the stereotypical expectations by wearing his film wardrobe as daily clothing—including braided wig, fringed leathers and beaded moccasins—at least when photographers were visiting, and in other ways continuing to play the same Hollywood-scripted roles off-screen as well as on.He appeared in more than 200 films, including The Big Trail with John Wayne; The Scarlet Letter, with Colleen Moore; Sitting Bull, as Crazy Horse; The Light in the Forest as Cuyloga; The Great Sioux Massacre, with Joseph Cotten; Nevada Smith, with Steve McQueen; A Man Called Horse, with Richard Harris; and Ernest Goes to Camp as Chief St. Cloud, with Jim Varney.In 1953, he appeared twice in Duncan Renaldo's syndicated television series, The Cisco Kid as Chief Sky Eagle. He guest starred on the NBC western series, The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, and The Tall Man, with Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. In 1961, he played the title role in "The Burying of Sammy Hart" on the ABC western series, The Rebel, starring Nick Adams. A close friend of Walt Disney, Cody appeared in a Disney studio serial titled The First Americans, and in episodes of The Mountain Man, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. In 1964 Cody appeared as Chief Black Feather on The Virginian in the episode "The Intruders." He also appeared in a 1968 episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood featuring Native American dancers.Cody was widely seen as the "Crying Indian" in the "Keep America Beautiful" public service announcements (PSA) in the early 1970s.The environmental commercial showed Cody in costume, shedding a tear after trash is thrown from the window of a car and it lands at his feet. The announcer, William Conrad, says: "People start pollution; people can stop it."The Joni Mitchell song "Lakota", from the 1988 album, Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm, features Cody's chanting. He made a cameo appearance in the 1990 film Spirit of '76.Living in Hollywood, he began to insist, even in his private life, that he was Native American, over time claiming membership in several different tribes. In 1996, Cody's half-sister said that he was of Italian ancestry, but he denied it. After his death, it was revealed that he was of Sicilian parentage, and not Native American at all.Cody, at age 94, died of mesothelioma at his home in Los Angeles on January 4, 1999.

Most frequent genres for this person: Western | Action | Drama

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Awards & Nominations for Iron Eyes Cody

Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Movies with Iron Eyes Cody as Actor(92)

as Himself (archive footage)2010 Reel Injun
as Iron Eyes Cody1990 The Spirit of '76
as Old Indian Chief1987 Ernest Goes to Camp
as Standing Bear1977 Grayeagle
as Medicine Man1970 A Man Called Horse
as Santana1970 El Condor
as Taka-Ta (uncredited)1966 Nevada Smith
as Crazy Horse1965 The Great Sioux Massacre
as Charlie Two-Bits1962 Black Gold
as 2nd Indian on Train (uncredited)1959 Alias Jesse James
as 1st Indian Chief1958 Gun Fever
as Mad Wolf1957 The Saga of Andy Burnett
as Many Stars1956 Westward Ho, The Wagons!
as Chief1956 Gun for a Coward
as Red Rock1956 The Wild Dakotas
as Crazy Horse1954 Sitting Bull
as Ben Iron Mountain1953 Fast Company
as Osage Brave - Blue Shirt1952 Fort Osage
as Chief Yellow Cloud1952 Son of Paleface
as Apache with Major Dekker's Hat1952 Apache War Smoke
as Henchman Cherokee1952 Night Raiders
as Indian Copy Boy (uncredited)1951 Ace in the Hole
as Ute Indian1951 Red Mountain
as Brave Bear (as Iron Eyes)1951 Fort Defiance
as Longknife1950 Cherokee Uprising
as Teese, Court Jester1950 Broken Arrow
as Comanche (uncredited)1950 Comanche Territory
as Indian1950 California Passage
as Chief Yellowstone1949 Massacre River
as Indian Farmer (uncredited)1949 The Cowboy and the Indians
as Indian (uncredited)1949 Sand
as Indian Warrior1948 The Gallant Legion
as Indian1948 Blood on the Moon
as Chief Iron Eyes1948 The Paleface
as Wovoka1948 Indian Agent
as Geronimo1948 Train to Alcatraz
as Red Corn1947 Unconquered
as Indian Joe1947 Bowery Buckaroos
as Indian Scaring Caroline (uncredited)1944 Can't Help Singing
as Indian (uncredited)1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
as Indian1942 Overland Mail
as 1st Friendly Indian1942 The Omaha Trail
as Native Henchman at Mill [Ch. 5]1942 Don Winslow of the Navy
as Indian (uncredited)1942 My Gal Sal
as Indian1942 Pierre of the Plains
as Indian (uncredited)1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
as Indian1942 Valley of the Sun
as Arab1942 Perils of Nyoka
as White Cloud (uncredited)1942 Springtime in the Rockies
as Indian1942 Lawless Plainsmen
as Black Eagle1941 Saddlemates
as Indian Who Drinks Chemical Solution1941 Western Union
as Hostile Indian1941 This Woman Is Mine
as Indian1941 In Old Cheyenne
as Indian Henchman1940 Colorado
as Indian1940 Kit Carson
as Indian1940 Too Many Girls
as Indian1940 Pony Post
as Big Bear1940 Young Bill Hickok
as Indian (uncredited)1940 Arizona
as indian1940 Winners of the West
as Indian (uncredited)1940 Green Hell
as Comanche Renegade (uncredited)1940 Young Buffalo Bill
as Brave1939 Across the Plains
as Wild West Show Indian1939 The Kid From Texas
as Indian (uncredited)1939 Union Pacific
as Crow Foot1939 The Oregon Trail
as Indian1939 Scouts to the Rescue
as Indian Joe - Harrington's Henchman1939 Crashing Thru
as 2nd Indian at Post1939 Fighting Mad
as Indian Chief1939 Overland Mail
as Rodeo Indian (uncredited)1938 The Cowboy and the Lady
as Indian1937 Prairie Thunder
as Chief Brown Fox1936 Custer's Last Stand
as Little Deer1936 Treachery Rides the Range
as Indian Dancer (uncredited)1936 Rose Marie
as Indian (uncredited)1936 The Bold Caballero
as Chief Brown Fox1936 Custer's Last Stand (II)
as Indian (uncredited)1934 Massacre
as Temple Guard1934 Young Eagles
as Circus Indian1933 King of the Arena
as Cheyenne Rider1933 Fighting With Kit Carson
as Indian at Sideshow (uncredited)1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue
as Indian1932 Wild Girl
as War Eagle1931 Oklahoma Jim
as Indian (uncredited)1928 The Viking

TV Shows/Series with Iron Eyes Cody as Actor(26)

Movies with Iron Eyes Cody as Crew(2)

Crew/Stunts1940 Green Hell
Crew/Stunts1939 Stagecoach

Born: Wednesday, 04/03 1907 (April) in Gueydan, Louisiana (United States of America (USA))
Died: Monday, 01/04 1999 (January) in Los Angeles (aged: 91)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Other names for Iron Eyes Cody (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Iron Eyes"
"The Crying Indian (nickname)"
"Espera Oscar de Corti"
Iron Eyes Cody frequently works together with these people:
Ross Elliott (14x, Actor)
John Pickard (13x, Actor)
Lane Bradford (13x, Actor)
Ken Mayer (13x, Actor)
Claude Akins (12x, Actor)
J. Pat O'Malley (12x, Actor)
William Fawcett (12x, Actor)
George Wallace (12x, Actor)
John Anderson (12x, Actor)
Michael Pate (11x, Actor)
Jay Silverheels (11x, Actor)
Harry Lauter (11x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:583806, Added: 10/13/2018, Last updated: 01/14/2023