Nick Ramus

Nickolas George Ramus (September 9, 1929 – May 30, 2007) was a Native American actor, best known for his appearances on television. He was a Blackfoot.[1] He appeared as Grey Cloud in Born to the Wind[2] and as Chief Lost Eagle of the Arapaho in the miniseries Centennial and as Red Cloud in Son of the Morning Star. He also appeared in the 1993 TNT film Geronimo about the historical Apache warrior of the same name. He married Harriet Mary Howard (1948- 1955) and had three children.

Nick Ramus
Born(1929-09-09)September 9, 1929
DiedMay 30, 2007(2007-05-30) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm, television actor

He played Gus Nunouz in the soap opera Falcon Crest[2]:323 and had a recurring role as Chief Black Kettle in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Other TV credits include: Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, Northern Exposure, MacGyver and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Ramus starred in the first Native American language film, 1980s Windwalker. He also appeared briefly in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and in the comedy film Love at Stake as Chief Wannatoka.

On May 30, 2007, Ramus died in Benson, Arizona at age 77.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Black Eye
1975 I Will Fight No More Forever Rainbow TV movie
1976 The Quest Iron Hawk TV movie
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Indian Chief
1980 Windwalker Smiling Wolf / Crow Brother / Narrator
1982 The Legend of Walks Far Woman Left Hand Bull TV movie
1982 Born to the Wind Grey Cloud TV Series
1985 Invasion U.S.A. Clark Little Hawk
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Saratoga Helmsman
1987 Love at Stake Chief Wannatoka
1988 Journey to Spirit Island Tom
1989 Caddie Woodlawn Chief Tukenbheska
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend TV movie
1995 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up Chief Roundcreek
2006 The Treasure of Painted Forest Mr. Godfrey
2007 Rapturious Voice Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Gunsmoke Lynit Episode: "The Iron Blood of Courage"
1977 Little House on the Prairie Little Crow Episode: "Freedom Flight"
1977 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Tioga Episode: "Kit Carson and the Mountain Men: Parts 1 & 2"
1978-1979 Centennial Lost Eagle Episodes: "The Wagon and the Elephant", "For as Long as the Waters Flow", "The Massacre", "The Scream of Eagles"
1979 The Chisholms Tehohane TV Mini-Series
1981-1982 Falcon Crest Gus Nunouz 13 Episodes
1985 Tall Tales & Legends Sitting Bull Episode: "Annie Oakley"
1989 Paradise Chief Black Cloud Episode: "The Burial Ground"
1989 Monsters Temple Guide Episode: "Half as Old as Time"
1990 Northern Exposure Chief Episode: "Soapy Sanderson"
1991 Harry and the Hendersons Medicine Man Episode: "Roots, The Herb"
1991 MacGyver Standing Wolf Episode: "Trail of Tears"
1993-1995 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Chief Black Kettle Episodes: "Pilot", "A Cowboy's Lullaby", "Running Ghost", "The Prisoner", "The Incident", "The Offering", "Buffalo Soldiers", "Indian Agent", "Washita: Parts 1 & 2"
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Bright Water Episode: "On Sacred Ground"


  1. ^ "Special depicts Indian surrender". The Tampa Times. Florida, Tampa. April 12, 1975. p. 41. Retrieved September 25, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ Lentz, Harris M., III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2007: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 9780786434817. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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