Martin Sensmeier

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Martin Sensmeier
Martin Sensmeier.jpg
Born (1985-06-27) June 27, 1985 (age 33)[1][2]
OccupationActor, Model
Years active2012–present

Martin Sensmeier (born June 27, 1985) is an Alaska Native actor of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan descent.[4] He is one of the stars of the 2016 remake The Magnificent Seven.

Life and career[edit]

Sensmeier was born in Anchorage, Alaska,[3] to Raymond and Eva Sensmeier, but was raised in Yakutat. His father is Tlingit and his mother is Koyukon-Athabascan from Ruby, Alaska on the Yukon River.[5]

He began his professional career as a welder before working on an oil rig for Doyon Drilling. He eventually quit to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.[4][6] Sensmeier began work as a professional model before entering into acting. His first feature film was the sci-fi thriller Encounter, which has yet to be released.[1] He appeared in a leading role, as one of the "seven", in the 2016 feature film The Magnificent Seven.

In 2017, Sensmeier was cast in the lead role in the biopic, The Chickasaw Rancher portraying Montford Johnson, the man who built a ranching empire near the Chisholm Trail.[7]

Sensmeier joined the cast in the second (2018) season of the HBO television series Westworld, in the recurring role of Wanahton.

Personal life[edit]

Sensmeier is a member of the Native Wellness Institute, a youth advocacy, and is proud of his Alaska Native heritage.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 K'ina Kil: The Slaver's Son Tintah Short Film
Salem Mohawk Uncredited
2016 Lilin's Brood Wolf
The Magnificent Seven Red Harvest Lead Role
Westworld Native Warrior Uncredited; Episode: "The Original"
2017 Wind River Chip
2018 Perfect The Harvester
Westworld Wanahton Recurring
Beyond the Sky Kyle Blackburn
Spare Room David completed
TBA The Chickasaw Rancher Montford T. Johnson


  1. ^ a b Patil, Tulsi (September 23, 2016). "How Alaskan actor Martin Sensmeier became one of 'The Magnificent Seven'". KTUU.
  2. ^ @sensmeier (28 June 2015). "Birthday Selfie. 6/27/15 #Grind" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b Schreffler, Laura (August 25, 2016). "The Magnificent Seven Star Martin Sensmeier's Haute Secrets to LA". Haute Living.
  4. ^ a b Dunham, Mike (October 22, 2013). "Model Martin Sensmeier Hearts Moose. Plus: Moose Heart". Indian Country Today Media Network. ICTMN Staff.
  5. ^ "From Yakutat to Hollywood". Alaska Dispatch News.
  6. ^ Dunham, Mike (September 24, 2016). "From Yakutat to Hollywood". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 30, 2017). "Martin Sensmeier To Star In 'The Chickasaw Rancher'; Lydia Hearst Joins Indie Film '50K'". Deadline. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Native American models: much more than pretty faces". Traditional Native Healing. March 22, 2015.

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