Published on June 27, 2012 by Amy
Michael Heinrich Horse (born December 21, 1951) is an American actor, jeweler, and ledger painter.
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Michael Horse was born in a Yaqui Native American reserve near Tucson, Arizona, and is of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache, Zuni, European and Latino descent. His birth name was Michael Heinrich, and he lived twenty years in a town Sun Valley, California on a street called Sancola.
His film debut came in the role of Tonto in the ill-fated 1981 film, The Legend of the Lone Ranger. Horse portrayed Deputy Tommy Hill, a Native American policeman, in the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–91) and also acted in Passenger 57 (1992), House of Cards (1993), the 1990s version of the television series The Untouchables (1993), and North of 60 (1995–97). He also appeared in the Thanks episode “Thanksgiving” in 1999, portraying Squanto. He appeared as Deputy Owen Blackwood in 4 episodes of the first season of Roswell (1999). Horse also appeared as Sheriff Tskany in The X-Files episode “Shapes” in 1994. Michael Horse portrayed American Indian Movement (AIM) Activist, Dennis Banks, in the 1994 TNT movie Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee. Eight years later, he lent his voice to Little Creek’s Friend in DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. He recently portrayed Mike Proudfoot on Sons of Tucson.