Published on September 16, 2011 by Amy
Eric Schweig was born in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, from Inuvialuit lineage on his mother’s side and Chippewa/Dene with German descent on his father’s side, the oldest of seven children, who were all adopted out as part of an assimilation programme. Schweig’s biological mother died of alcoholism in 1989.
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Eric ran away to Toronto, Ontario, where he supported himself by framing houses. In 1985, he was part of the cast of The Cradle Will Fall, an experimental adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening produced by Theatre of Change at the Actor’s Lab; this was his first experience as an actor. In 1987, at twenty years old, he was approached by a producer who suggested he audition for a role in the movie called The Shaman’s Source (1990). With little formal education or experience he won the role. The film launched his career in the film industry.
Schweig’s numerous screen credits (over thirty) include his portrayal of Uncas in the epic motion picture The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Pike Dexter in the movie Big Eden (2000), for which he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Outfest film festival. In 1992, he was cast as Black Thunder in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation mini-series By Way of the Stars with Gordon Tootoosis as The Cree Chief and Tantoo Cardinal as Francoise. It was shot in Uxbridge, Ontario. He starred in The Scarlet Letter and Disney’s Tom and Huck with Amy Wright in 1995.
Birth Name: Ray Dean Thrasher
Birth Place: Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
Date of Birth: June 19, 1967
Ethnicity: Inuit / Chippewa