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The Canadians: Jay Silverheels



Jay Silverheels, professional name of Harry (Harold Jay) Smith, later legally changed to Jay Smith Silverheels, actor (born on 26 May 1919 on the Six Nations reserve; died on 5 March 1980 in Woodland Hills, California). A leading athlete on his reserve as a youth, he was a top lacrosse player and boxer. He would go on to immortalize the role of Tonto in the Lone Ranger films (1956,1958) based on the television series (1949-57).

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