April 12, 1899
Muskogee, Indian Territory, U.S.
|Died||December 1, 1955
Ventura, California, U.S.
|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 Movie Ranch, now the Corriganville Regional Park near Simi Valley, California. One of his last appearances was on March 1, 1955, as the Apache Geronimo in the premiere episode of the syndicated television series Buffalo Bill, Jr., starring Dick Jones in the fictional title role of a young Texas frontier marshal.
- B-Westerns, retrieved 11 August 2007
- The Lone Ranger Rides Again pressbook, via B-Westerns, retrieved 11 August 2007
- Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), p. 114
- 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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