Rudy Youngblood

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Rudy Youngblood
Born Rudy Gonzalez
(1982-09-21) September 21, 1982 (age 35)
Belton, Texas
Occupation Actor, Musician
Years active 2005-present

Rudy Youngblood (born Rudy Gonzalez September 21, 1982), is a Native American actor, musician, dancer, and artist.[1][2] He was born in Belton, Texas. Youngblood is of Comanche, Cree, and Yaqui ancestry.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in a small town in Texas, Rudy Youngblood grew up with two younger sisters; they were supported by their mother as their father was not around. At the age of ten, he started working at construction jobs and learned skills and stories from the men. He has learned carpentry, brick laying, and other skills.[3] He went to local schools and was competitive in boxing and track in high school. He frequently went to movies and became a fan of film. Upon graduation, he was offered Fulbright scholarships to major colleges in both art and track and field, but he chose Native dance instead. He has performed with the American Indian Dance Theatre.[3]

Following success in his role in Apocalypto, the Los Angeles Times reported that his Native American ancestry has been questioned, but Rudy has dismissed these claims.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Going to a general casting call, Youngblood was selected by the director Mel Gibson to play the leading role of Jaguar Paw in the epic film Apocalypto (2006). He learned the Yucatec Maya language in order to appear as a tribesman in the film, in which all dialogues were in Mayan.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Spirit: The Seventh Fire Warrior Protector
2006 Apocalypto Jaguar Paw FAITA
2010 Beatdown Brandon Becker
2012 Into the Americas Toowin
2015 Windwalkers Matty Kingston
2016 Crossing Point Mateo



  1. ^ "Rudy Youngblood". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Welkos, Robert W. (28 March 2007). "`Apocalypto' actor's ancestry questioned". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dulin, Dann (2 March 2013). "Undaunted Spirit". America's AIDS Magazine. a&u. Archived from the original on 2 March 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rudy Youngblood", Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a subsidiary of Amazon; Seattle, Washington. Retrieved February 27, 2018.

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