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Saginaw Morgan Grant (born July 20, 1936), known professionally as Saginaw Grant, is a Native American character actor, dancer, motivational speaker and the Hereditary Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation.[1]

Saginaw Grant
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Grant in 2015
Saginaw Morgan Grant

(1936-07-20) July 20, 1936 (age 83)
OccupationActor, dancer, motivational speaker, Hereditary Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation
Years active1988–2016

Early lifeEdit

Grant was born at the Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Sarah (née Murray) and Austin Grant.[citation needed] He is a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.[2] His mother's ancestry was from the Iowa and Otoe-Missouria tribes of Oklahoma.[citation needed] He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


Grant has appeared in numerous films and television shows. Saginaw Grant played the Gatekeeper in the 1999 film, "Purgatory". He played Chief Big Bear in the 2013 film The Lone Ranger. The same year, he appeared as a man who sells his truck to Walter White in the Breaking Bad episode "Ozymandias".

Since 2012, the actor has been a prominent member of the American Indian Advisory Board at the San Diego International Film Festival.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Grant is the adoptive father of actress and social activist, Mariana Tosca.





  1. ^ Moya-Smith, Simon (2013-06-13). "A Conversation with Saginaw Grant, Chief Big Bear from 'The Lone Ranger'". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  2. ^ Breslauer, Jan (February 20, 1996). "The Spirit Moves Him in New and Traditional Ways". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "American Indian Advisory Board". San Diego International Film Festival. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2019-09-04.

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