Steve Reevis

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Steve Reevis
Born (1962-08-14)August 14, 1962
Browning, Montana, U.S.
Died December 7, 2017(2017-12-07) (aged 55)
Missoula, Montana, U.S.
Years active 1988–2017
Macile Reevis (m. 1984)

Steve Reevis (August 14, 1962 – December 7, 2017) was a Native American actor and member of the Blackfoot tribe known for his roles in the films Fargo, Last of the Dogmen, and Dances with Wolves.

Early life and career[edit]

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[1] 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.[citation needed] Reevis was next cast as Chato, an Apache scout, in Geronimo: An American Legend with fellow-Native actor Wes Studi.[2][3][4] In 1995, Reevis played Yellow Wolf in Last of the Dogmen alongside Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey.[5][6]

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.[citation needed]

Reevis appeared in Columbia’s 2003 film The Missing, in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard,[7] and in TNT's 2005 miniseries Into the West. Reevis also appeared on Fox's drama series Bones.

Personal life and death[edit]

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.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ Cottrell, Chris. "Haskell runners enjoyed another memorable year", Lawrence Journal-World, December 25, 1985, p. 13. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Hicks, Chris. "'Geronimo' is not the story of Geronimo", Deseret News, December 10, 1993, p. W3. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Cherry, Nanciann. "'Geronimo' tale of man waging a losing battle", Toledo Blade, December 11, 1993, pp. P1, P4. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Calhoun Times. "Flutist, actor to perform at New Echota Saturday". July 10, 2002, p. 3A. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "'Dogmen' Charms With Its Familiarity", Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1995. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Paseman, Lloyd. "'Dogmen' a satisfying adventure" (Review). Eugene Register-Guard, September 15, 1995, p. 17D. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Cauthron, Randy M. "Updating 'The Longest Yard'" The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa), June 3, 2005, p. 7. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  8. ^ "Steve Reevis, 'Fargo,' 'Dancing With Wolves' Actor, Dies at 55". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. December 8, 2017. ISSN 0018-3660.

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