April 12, 1899
Muskogee, Indian Territory, U.S.
|Died||December 1, 1955
Ventura, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale|
Information about Thundercloud is vague. Most biographies state that he was a full blooded Cherokee (or Muskogee), although others state that he had some German, Scottish and/or Irish ancestors; and that he was educated at the University of Arizona, although no record exists of his enrollment. The pressbook for The Lone Ranger Rides Again announced his parents as "Dark Cloud and Morning Star, aristocrats of the Muskogee tribe" but his death certificate lists his father as "Joseph Mahawa."
Daniels worked many jobs before becoming a stuntman. From there he graduated to character actor status. His title "Chief" was a Hollywood invention. He had the title role in Geronimo (1939) and played Tonto in both Republic Lone Ranger serials, The Lone Ranger (1938) and The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939).
In later years, he worked with other western actors, performing in live shows at the Corriganville Ranch.
- Chief Thundercloud at the Internet Movie Database
- Chief Thundercloud at B-Westerns
- Chief Thundercloud at What-a-Character
- Chief Thundercloud at Find a Grave
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