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Michael James Heinrich Horse (born December 21, 1949)[1] is an actor, jeweler, and ledger painter,[2] known for his portrayals of Native Americans. In his marriage to Linda D. Ridgway in 1975, he is listed as Michael Horse and Michael J. Heinrich.[3]

Michael Horse
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Michael Horse in July 2006
Michael James Heinrich

(1949-12-21) December 21, 1949 (age 69)
OccupationFilm and television actor, jeweler, painter
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Penny Opal Plant

Sandra Dombrowski (1993-?) (divorced)

Linda D. Ridgway (1975–1979) (divorced)


Early lifeEdit

Michael Horse was born Michael James Heinrich in Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 1949. His mother's last name was given as Posten.[4] His mother's full name was Nancie Belle Posten, and her marriage certificate to George Heinrich in Burbank, California on July 10, 1953, indicated she had previously been married to a man with the last name of Nicholson. George Heinrich was born in Florida and his parents were from Austria. Nancie Belle Posten was born in Arizona (as Horse claims) in 1931 and her father Wilber Posten was from West Virginia and her mother Violet Howell was from Idaho. She was Swedish.[5] Nancie died in California in 2004.[6] Horse may have lived with his mother Nancie Belle Heinrich in Sun Valley, California where she resided from 1971 to 2000 on Sancola Street.[7] Although a 1996 profile in the Los Angeles Times describes him as having "Yaqui, Mescalero Apache and Zuni Indian roots", his Native American heritage had not been verified at the time.[8] On November 23, 1993, Horse married Sandra Dee Dombrowski in Nevada.[9]

Acting careerEdit

Horse's film debut came in the role of Tonto in the ill-fated 1981 film, The Legend of the Lone Ranger. Horse portrayed Deputy Hawk, a Native American policeman, in the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–91; 2017)[10] and also acted in Passenger 57 (1992),[11] House of Cards (1993), the 1990s version of the television series The Untouchables (1993),[12] and North of 60 (1995–97).[13] He also appeared in the Thanks episode "Thanksgiving" in 1999, portraying Squanto. He appeared as Deputy Owen Blackwood in four episodes of the first season of Roswell (1999). Horse also appeared as Sheriff Tskany in The X-Files episode "Shapes" in 1994.

Horse portrayed American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Dennis Banks in the 1994 TNT movie Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee. Eight years later, he lent his voice to Little Creek's friend in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. He portrayed Mike Proudfoot on Sons of Tucson. In 1995 he portrayed Dirty Bob in the Western movie Riders in the Storm, entirely filmed in Arizona. He played the character Jindoga in Hawkeye (TV series).


  1. ^ "Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento". November 27, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Michael Horse Finds His Stride Juggling Talents". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  3. ^ "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985". May 9, 1975. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento". November 27, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952". July 10, 1953. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Billion Graves Index". 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970 to 2009, FamilySearch Database". May 23, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (1 February 1996). "Michael Horse Finds His Stride Juggling Talents". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005". November 23, 1993. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Art away from Hollywood is where his heart is". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  11. ^ Michael Horse - Actor Movie Reviews at Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Untouchable Then and Now". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  13. ^ North of 60 actors - NativeCelebs profiles

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