Michael Greyeyes (born June 4, 1967) is an Indigenous Canadian actor, dancer, 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 Joseph Charles Greyeyes
June 4, 1967
|Occupation||Actor, Dancer, Choreographer and Director|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
In 1996, Greyeyes portrayed Crazy Horse in the television film Crazy Horse. In 2018, Greyeyes portrayed Sitting Bull in Woman Walks Ahead to critical acclaim. 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.
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'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, 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.
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. 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. Signal Theater has also produced installations and performance art works, such as Winter Home which premiered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
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. More recently, he was struck to a first look deal with Blumhouse Productions.
|1995||Dance Me Outside||Gooch|
|Smoke Signals||Junior Polatkin|
|The Minion||Grey Eagle|
|2000||Skipped Parts||Hank Elkrunner|
|Sunshine State||Billy Trucks|
|2004||The Reawakening||Robert Doctor|
|2005||The New World||Rupwew|
|2013||Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian||Allan|
|2017||Woman Walks Ahead||Sitting Bull|
|2021||Wild Indian||Makwa ("Michael Peterson")|
|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)|
|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"|
|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"|
|2006||Prey||Domasi Tawodi (Tommy)
Radio Caller #1
- 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.
- Critic, Hal Boedeker, Sentinel Television (1996-07-07). "TNT'S 'CRAZY HORSE' IS A DUD OF A TRIBUTE". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
- "Review: A 'Woman Walks Ahead,' and Sitting Bull Stands Up". mobile.nytimes.com.
- "Review". www.rogerebert.com.
- "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'". www.latimes.com.
- ""Woman Walks Ahead" Finds Jessica Chastain and Sitting Bull Lost on the Plains". www.villagevoice.com.
- Zach Harper, "'Schitt's Creek' and 'Kim's Convenience' win big at 2021 Canadian Screen Awards". Hello! Canada, May 21, 2021.
- 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.
- amc (Director). Fear the Walking Dead: 'Michael Greyeyes on Representation' Comic-Con 2017 Panel. Event occurs at 136 seconds. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- Citron, Paula (2011-09-20). "Michael Greyeyes: 'I'm not interested in staging ethnicity'". The Globe and Mail (Online ed.). Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- Crabb, Michael (2014-02-19). "A Soldier's Tale hybrid approach to a harsh wartime tale". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (2021-08-26). "'Firestarter's Michael Greyeyes Signs First-Look Deal With Blumhouse". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
- "Ethnic and Cultural IV: Decolonizing movement: emerging paradigms & reconstruction". Brock University. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- Stewart, Amy (2016-03-08). "Performing Indigeneity: Michael Greyeyes directs interdisciplinary Theatre @ York production of THE BIRDS" (Post secondary institution website). York Media Relations. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- Greyeyes, Michael (2008). "He Who Dreams: Reflections on an Indigenous Life in Film". Theatre Research in Canada. 29 (1). doi:10.3138/tric.29.1.110. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- Michael Greyeyes at IMDb