Alan Tafoya

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Alan Tafoya
Born June 12, 1963
Dulce, New Mexico

Alan Tafoya (born June 12, 1963) is an American actor and musician of the Jicarilla Apache nation. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Tafoya was born on the Jicarilla Apache reservation in Dulce, New Mexico and lived there until moving to Los Angeles in 2010. He is a fourth generation descendant of the Apache chief Mangas Coloradas, and maintains a spiritual connection to his ancestry through the martial art of knife fighting. He is most well known to American audiences for his appearances on the Spike TV television program Deadliest Warrior, as the nominal Apache in the "Gladiator vs. Apache" episodes, aired in 2009.

Tafoya served as acting police chief for the Jicarilla nation after the death of his father in March 2000. He married Noraleen Vicenti in 1985, with whom he has four children. The couple later divorced, and Tafoya married fellow actor Cynthia Strauss on September 26, 2010.[2][3]

In addition to his acting roles, Tafoya plays the guitar and composes original music. He is currently at work on a CD entitled Moments Locked in Time.[4]

Film[edit]

2011 Horro Torium (short, currently filming) -- Mohican

2010 Ink: A Tale of Captivity (currently in post-production) -- James Printer

2010 MacGruber—Charging Guard

2009 Outlaw Justice—Apache

2009 Life's Blood (short) -- Hector

2008 The Unfound (short) -- Guard

2008 Las Vegas New Mexico 1875 (short) -- Tafoya (voice)

2007 Army Men (short) -- Abachi

2002 Groom Lake—Shaman #1

2001 Maniacts—Gang Guy (as Alan R. Tafoya)

Television[edit]

2009 Deadliest Warrior (TV series documentary), Gladiator vs. Apache—Himself (World Champion Knife Fighter)

2009 Special Ops Mission (TV series) -- Tracker

2008 Comanche Moon (TV mini-series)-- Peta Nacona

2005 Dancing on the Edge (documentary short) -- Himself

2000 The Lost Child (TV movie) -- Bus driver[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tafoya, Alan. "www.alantafoya.com". Alan Tafoya. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Neighbors". Santa Fe New Mexican. 3 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Morell, Brenda (June 7, 2000). "An Apache edge: Jicarilla Apache police chief Alan Tafoya, actor and family man". Indian Country Today. 
  4. ^ "webpage bio". 
  5. ^ IMDB.com. "Alan Tafoya". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 

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