Michael Greyeyes

Michael Greyeyes (born June 4, 1967) is an Indigenous Canadian actor, dancer, choreographer, director and educator.[1] He is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. His father was from the Muskeg Lake First Nation and his mother was from the Sweetgrass First Nation, both located in Saskatchewan.

Michael Greyeyes
Michael Greyeyes by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Michael Joseph Charles Greyeyes

(1967-06-04) June 4, 1967 (age 54)
OccupationActor, Dancer, Choreographer and Director
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Spouse(s)Nancy Latoszewski

In 1996, Greyeyes portrayed Crazy Horse in the television film Crazy Horse.[2] In 2018, Greyeyes portrayed Sitting Bull in Woman Walks Ahead to critical acclaim.[3][4][5][6] He has also had TV roles on Fear the Walking Dead, True Detective and I Know This Much Is True. In 2021, he had a main role in the sitcom Rutherford Falls. He won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021, for his performance in the zombie film Blood Quantum.[7]

Life and careerEdit

Greyeyes completed his master's degree in Fine Arts at the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University and graduated in May 2003. He is a graduate of The National Ballet School in 1984, he went on to apprentice with The National Ballet of Canada before joining the company as a Corps de Ballet member in 1987. After three years, he moved to New York City to join the company of choreographer Eliot Feld. Greyeyes performed in many of Mr. Feld's seminal works including Intermezzo, Skara Brae, and The Jig is Up. He performed in roles created for him in such ballets as Common Ground and Bloom's Wake.

Greyeyes at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 for Woman Walks Ahead

Greyeyes's acting career began in 1993 when he was cast as Juh in TNT's Geronimo, which led to numerous television appearances, including guest starring performances in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Walker, Texas Ranger, Numb3rs, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Millennium, and in 1998 starred in Stolen Women, Captured Hearts, with Janine Turner and Patrick Bergen. He is featured in the mini-series Klondike, Dreamkeeper, Rough Riders, Big Bear, and True Women. His films include: Dance Me Outside,[1] Smoke Signals, Sunshine State, Skipped Parts, Skinwalkers (based on the book by Tony Hillerman), and Woman Walks Ahead.

Greyeyes continued his dance research on the modern form of traditional dancing, Powwow. His journey of exploration was documented in a documentary entitled He Who Dreams: Michael on the Powwow Trail for CBC Television by Adrienne Clarkson. He choreographed and performed in Rebecca Belmore's durational performance art work Gone Indian for Toronto's Nuit Blanche.

Greyeyes continues to perform regularly. His more recent works include The New World directed by Terrence Malick, Tecumseh's Vision, a PBS documentary/live action drama, Passchendaele, which opened the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Untitled #1535, a site-specific dance work he choreographed for Dusk Dances, Triptych (a short film broadcast nationally on Bravo! Television), and The Journey (Pimooteewin), an opera work he directed with music by Melissa Hui and libretto by Tomson Highway. He also did the voice of Tommy in the action game Prey and recently played a recurring role on Fear The Walking Dead.[8][9]

In 2010, Greyeyes founded Signal Theatre, a company that explores intercultural and transdisciplinary live performance. As Artistic Director and choreographer, he has overseen the creation of three major works, including From thine eyes (Harbourfront Centre), Nôhkom (The Banff Centre), and A Soldier's Tale (Fleck Dance Theatre), a work examining the aftermath of war upon soldiers and their families.[10] A Soldier's Tale was co-produced by The National Arts Centre and The Canada Dance Festival and opened the 2014 Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa at the NAC Theatre.[11] Signal Theater has also produced installations and performance art works, such as Winter Home which premiered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Greyeyes won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor at the 9th Canadian Screen Awards in 2021, for his performance in the zombie film Blood Quantum.[7]

Greyeyes is an Associate Professor of Theatre at York University. He is married to Nancy Latoszewski, and has two daughters, Lilia and Eva, born in 2002 and 2004.[1] More recently, he was struck to a first look deal with Blumhouse Productions.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Dance Me Outside Gooch
Rude Spirit Dancer
1998 Firestorm Andy
Smoke Signals Junior Polatkin
The Minion Grey Eagle
2000 Skipped Parts Hank Elkrunner
2002 ZigZag Dale
Sunshine State Billy Trucks
2004 The Reawakening Robert Doctor
2005 The New World Rupwew
2008 Passchendaele Highway
The Dreaming Spirit
2013 Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian Allan
2017 Woman Walks Ahead Sitting Bull
2019 Blood Quantum Traylor
Togo Amituk
2021 Wild Indian Makwa ("Michael Peterson")
Wildhood Smokey


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Geronimo Juh TV movie
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Shaman Episode: "The Tale of the Manaha"
1996 Crazy Horse Crazy Horse TV movie
1997 Stolen Women, Captured Hearts aka Stolen Women (UK) Tokalah TV movie
Promised Land Rod 1 episode
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Walks In The Night Season 5, episodes 25 & 26 (Moment of Truth Parts 1 & 2)
True Women Tarantula Miniseries
Rough Riders Delchaney (Apache) Miniseries
Millennium Joe Reynard Episode: "A Single Blade of Grass"
1998 Big Bear Wandering Spirit Miniseries
The Magnificent Seven Imala Episode: "Ghosts of the Confederacy"
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Brian Falcon Episode: "Team Cherokee" (2 parts)
2000 Race Against Time Johnny Black Eagle TV movie
Harsh Realm The Brave Episode: "Cincinnati"
The Lost Child Eddie TV movie
2001 Charmed Bo Lightfeather Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Cursed"
MythQuest Strong Bear Episode: "Red Wolf's Daughter"
Sam's Circus Chief TV movie
2002 Body & Soul Detective Cornstalk Episode: "Graveyard Shift"
Skinwalkers Dr. Stone TV movie
2003 Dreamkeeper Thunder Spirit TV movie
2004 The Jury Ty Sawyer Episode: "Lamentation on the Reservation"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sonny Brightbill Episode: "Gone"
Numb3rs Thomas Morris Episode: "Bones of Contention"
2007 Dancing with Spirit Lead Dancer Episode: "Triptych"
2009 American Experience Tecumseh Episode: "We Shall Remain Part II: Tecumseh's Vision"
2014 Klondike Tlingit leader Recurring
2015 Saints & Strangers Canonicus 2 episodes
2017 Fear the Walking Dead Qaletaqa Walker 10 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
American Gods Pit Boss Episode: "Git Gone"
2019 True Detective Brett Woodard 5 episodes
V Wars Jimmy Saint 8 episodes
2020 Home Before Dark Sam Gillis 7 episodes
I Know This Much Is True Ralph Drinkwater 4 episodes
2021 Rutherford Falls Terry Thomas
Star Trek: Discovery Felix Episode: "The Examples"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2006 Prey Domasi Tawodi (Tommy)
Hiders #1
Abducted #2
Radio Caller #1


  1. ^ a b c Johnson, Falen (19 February 2021). "From ballet dancer to zombie slayer: Cree actor Michael Greyeyes on his prolific career". Unreserved. CBC Radio. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  2. ^ Critic, Hal Boedeker, Sentinel Television (1996-07-07). "TNT'S 'CRAZY HORSE' IS A DUD OF A TRIBUTE". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  3. ^ "Review: A 'Woman Walks Ahead,' and Sitting Bull Stands Up". mobile.nytimes.com.
  4. ^ "Review". www.rogerebert.com.
  5. ^ "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'". www.latimes.com.
  6. ^ ""Woman Walks Ahead" Finds Jessica Chastain and Sitting Bull Lost on the Plains". www.villagevoice.com.
  7. ^ a b Zach Harper, "'Schitt's Creek' and 'Kim's Convenience' win big at 2021 Canadian Screen Awards". Hello! Canada, May 21, 2021.
  8. ^ Schilling, Vincent (2017-08-14). "An Extensive Interview With 'Fear The Walking Dead' Star Michael Greyeyes". Indian Country Media Network. Archived from the original on 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  9. ^ amc (Director). Fear the Walking Dead: 'Michael Greyeyes on Representation' Comic-Con 2017 Panel. Event occurs at 136 seconds. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  10. ^ Citron, Paula (2011-09-20). "Michael Greyeyes: 'I'm not interested in staging ethnicity'". The Globe and Mail (Online ed.). Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  11. ^ Crabb, Michael (2014-02-19). "A Soldier's Tale hybrid approach to a harsh wartime tale". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2021-08-26). "'Firestarter's Michael Greyeyes Signs First-Look Deal With Blumhouse". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-27.

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