Published on September 14, 2012 by Amy
Rick Mora is a model and actor of Yaqui and Apache of Mestizo decent. Born on January 22 in Los Angeles, California, Mora was raised in Crescent City, California on a one-hundred acre cattle farm that had no electricity or plumbing. While growing up his mother was fond of calling him Little River. Mora furthered his education by receiving his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from California State University in Northridge. After college, Mora was introduced to a modeling agent by his friend. With that first meeting Mora’s life was never the same.
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Mora began his modeling career working with male super model agent Omar Alberto who had the idea to try native men in the modeling business. Mora worked with photographers Carlos Reynosa, Cliff Watts and Mathew Rolston. The success of these photo shoots opened the door for Mora who began to work in the commercial and modeling markets within the United States and Europe. Mora appeared in commercials for KIA, Bell Meat, Toyota, Saving k-9 Lives as host and Union Bank. He has had roles in several television shows on Spike TV, the Discovery Channel and the History channel. He has also performed in music videos for Celion Dion, En Vogue, Bob Sinclair and Agnes Carlson which has had more than 4.8 million views.
In 2008, Rick Mora’s acting career got a boost when he was chosen for the movie Twilight as Ephraim Black, Jacob Black’s great-great grandfather in a flashback scene. Another movie released in 2008 was Turok: Son of Stone. Mora was the voice of young Turok in the animation film. Another film production Mora had a role in was Yellow Rock which was released in 2011. He worked on the film with Michael and Eddie Spears as well as Angel Star Felix and Sam Bearpaw. Mora has roles in the post production films of Little Boy (2012) and Savaged (2013) and the television movie Hell Hunters (2013).
Aside from modeling and acting, Mora enjoys being involved in public awareness programs. He is an ambassador of the Red Crystal Gala, an E. Joyce Thompson charity event fundraiser for domestic violence and sexual assault organizations that serve native women. He also works with the Never Give Up Foundation, an outreach program for children with rare diseases, their families and teachers. Having two dogs himself, Mora is on the Board of Directors for Saving K-9 Lives, a nonprofit animal rescue organization and plays an active part in the Husky Haven that is based in Santa Clarita, California.
In what little free time he manages to have, Mora enjoys biking, ocean kayaking and photography. He finds the most reward in talking to people who have had a direct impact in Native American history such as Russel Means and Sacheen Littlefeather as well as fellow actors and actresses. Some of his goals in life are to continue to climb the ladder of entertainment success, to develop programs to help child advocacy, animal rights and the native community. When looking to achieve these goals, Mora remembers these sayings “Honor thy woman, Treat people as you wish to be treated and Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”
Written by Shari Aljumah