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Michael Greyeyes (born June 4, 1967) is a Canadian actor, choreographer, director and educator. 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 52)
OccupationActor, Dancer, Choreographer and Director
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Spouse(s)Nancy Latoszewski

In 2018, Greyeyes portrayed Sitting Bull in Woman Walks Ahead to critical acclaim. [1][2][3][4]



He 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‘ 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, 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.

He continues to perform regularly. His more recent works include The New World directed by Terence Malick, Tecumseh's Vision a PBS Documentary/ Live Action drama created for PBS, 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.[5][6]

In 2010, Michael 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.[7] 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. [8]

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

Signal Theater has also produced installations and performance art works, such as Winter Home which premiered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Michael is an Associate Professor of Theatre at York University, and is married to wife, Nancy, and has two daughters, Eva (b. 2002) and Lilia (b. 2004).



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Dance Me Outside Gooch
1995 Rude Spirit Dancer
1998 Firestorm Andy
1998 Smoke Signals Junior Polatkin
1998 The Minion Grey Eagle
2000 Skipped Parts Hank Elkrunner
2002 ZigZag Dale
2002 Sunshine State Billy Trucks
2004 The Reawakening Robert Doctor
2005 The New World Rupwew
2008 Passchendaele Highway
2008 The Dreaming Spirit
2013 Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian Allan
2017 Woman Walks Ahead Sitting Bull


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Geronimo Juh TV
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Shaman 1 episode
1996 Crazy Horse Crazy Horse
1997 Stolen Women, Captured Hearts aka Stolen Women (UK) Tokalah TV
1997 Promised Land Rod 1 episode
1997 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Walks In The Night Season 5, episodes 25 & 26 (Moment of Truth Parts 1 & 2)
1997 True Women Tarantula TV
1997 Rough Riders Delchaney (Apache) TV
1997 Millennium Joe Reynard 1 episode
1998 Big Bear Wandering Spirit TV mini-series
1998 The Magnificent Seven Imala 1 episode
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Brian Falcon 2 episodes
2000 Race Against Time Johnny Black Eagle TV
2000 Harsh Realm The Brave 1 episode
2000 The Lost Child Eddie TV
2001 Charmed Bo Lightfeather 1 episode
2001 MythQuest Strong Bear 1 episode
2001 Sam's Circus Chief TV
2002 Body & Soul Detective Cornstalk 1 episode
2002 Skinwalkers Dr. Stone TV
2003 Dreamkeeper Thunder Spirit TV
2004 The Jury Ty Sawyer 1 episode
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sonny Brightbill 1 episode
2005 Numb3rs Thomas Morris 1 episode
2007 Dancing with Spirit Lead Dancer 1 episode
2009 We Shall Remain Tecumseh 1 episode
2015 Saints & Strangers Canonicus
2017 Fear the Walking Dead Qaletaqa Walker 10 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
2019 True Detective Brett Woodard Season 3

Video gamesEdit

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


  1. ^ "Review: A 'Woman Walks Ahead,' and Sitting Bull Stands Up".
  2. ^ "Review".
  3. ^ "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'".
  4. ^ ""Woman Walks Ahead" Finds Jessica Chastain and Sitting Bull Lost on the Plains".
  5. ^ Schilling, Vincent (2017-08-14). "An Extensive Interview With 'Fear The Walking Dead' Star Michael Greyeyes". Indian Country Media Network. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  6. ^ amc (Director). Fear the Walking Dead: 'Michael Greyeyes on Representation' Comic-Con 2017 Panel. Event occurs at 136 seconds. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  7. ^ Citron, Paula (2011-09-20). "Michael Greyeyes: 'I'm not interested in staging ethnicity'". The Globe and Mail (Online ed.). Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  8. ^ Crabb, Michael (2014-02-19). "A Soldier's Tale hybrid approach to a harsh wartime tale | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2018-01-15.

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