August 14, 1962|
Browning, Montana, U.S.
December 7, 2017 (aged 55)|
Missoula, Montana, U.S.
Macile Reevis (m. 1984)
Early life and career
Steve Reevis was born on August 14, 1962 in Browning, Montana to father Lloyd "Curley" and mother Lila Reevis. The third oldest of seven children, he had two brothers and four sisters. Reevis grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana.
Reevis attended and graduated from South Dakota's Flandreau Indian School. Following high school graduation, he attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he received an associate of arts degree.
Reevis' first movie appearance was with his brother, Tim Reevis, as a stunt rider in the 1987 film War Party. Reevis' first acting role was in 1988 in the Universal Studios film Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Following Twins, he was cast in a nonspeaking role as a Sioux Warrior in the 1990 Kevin Costner film, Dances with Wolves. Reevis was next cast as Chato, an Apache scout, in Geronimo: An American Legend with fellow-Native actor Wes Studi. In 1995, Reevis played Yellow Wolf in Last of the Dogmen alongside Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey.
He was cast in the critically acclaimed 1996 film, Fargo as well as the made-for-television movie, Crazy Horse. Reevis was honored with awards for his roles in both movies by First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) in 1996. In 2004, Reevis was once again honored by FAITA for his work on the ABC series Line of Fire.
Personal life and death
In 1984, Reevis married his wife, Macile, a member of the Choctaw tribe, an artist, and a clothing designer. Together, they lived in Desert Hot Springs, California and the Missoula, Montana area and had four children. Reevis died on December 7, 2017, of undisclosed causes in Missoula, at the age of 55. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, their children, and three grandchildren.
- Twins (1988) - Native American
- Dances with Wolves (1990) - Sioux #1/Warrior #1
- Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) – Chato
- Last of the Dogmen (1995) - Yellow Wolf
- Wild Bill (1995) - Sioux Chief
- Fargo (1996) – Shep Proudfoot
- Crazy Horse (1996)
- The Missing (2003) – Two Stone
- The Longest Yard (2005) – Baby Face Bob
- Into the West (2005) – Older Loved By The Buffalo
- Comanche Moon (2008) – Worm
- Road to Paloma (2013)
- Promised Land - episode "The Outrage" (1997) - Sheriff Lamont Nez
- Walker, Texas Ranger - episode "Mayday" (1997) - Jake Stonecrow
- JAG - episode "The Return of Jimmy Blackhorse" (1998) - Sammy Wheeler
- Walker, Texas Ranger - episode "Way of the Warrior" (1999) - John Wolf / Lone Wolf.
- Malcolm in the Middle - episode "Poker #2" (2002) - Piama's dad
- Bones - episode "The Man in the Bear" (2005) - Sherman Rivers
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- "Steve Reevis, 'Fargo,' 'Dancing With Wolves' Actor, Dies at 55". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. December 8, 2017. ISSN 0018-3660.