Will Sampson

Will Sampson
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Will Sampson (September 27, 1933 – June 3, 1987) was an American actor and artist. Sampson, a Native American Muscogee (Creek), was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and was an imposing 6' 5" (1.96 m) tall. Sampson's most notable roles were as "Chief Bromden" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and as "Taylor the Medicine Man" in the horror film Poltergeist II. He had a recurring role on the TV series Vega$, as Harlon Twoleaf and starred in the movies Fish Hawk, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Orca. Sampson appeared in the production of Black Elk Speaks with the American Indian Theater Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where David Carradine and other Native American actors like Wes Studi and Randolph Mantooth starred in stage productions. Sampson competed in rodeos, his speciality riding bucking broncos, for about twenty years. He was on the rodeo circuit when the producers of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas, were looking for a large Native American to play the role of Chief Bromden. A rodeo announcer told them about Sampson, and after lengthy efforts to find him, they hired him on the strength of an interview. He had never acted before. Sampson was also an artist. His large painting depicting the Ribbon Dance of his Muscogee people is in the collection of the Creek Council House Museum in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. His artwork is currently displayed online by The Kvskvnv (“kuskuna”) Association. Description above from the Wikipedia article Will Sampson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Name Will Sampson
Also Known As
Birthday 1933-09-27
Deathday 1987-06-03
Gender Male
IMDB Will Sampson profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA
As: Chief Bromden
1975-11-18
One Flew Over the Cu...
As: Taylor
1986-05-23
Poltergeist II: The ...
As: Umilak
1977-07-22
Orca: The Killer Wha...
As: Tall Eagle
1986-11-21
Firewalker...
As: Crazy Horse / Worm
1977-05-01
The White Buffalo...
As: Wambli
1984-05-20
The Mystic Warrior...
As: Ten Bears
1976-06-30
The Outlaw Josey Wal...
As: Fish Hawk
1980-01-25
Fish Hawk...
As: Uncle George
1977-11-28
The Hunted Lady...
As: Clarence's Father
1980-11-05
Alcatraz: The Whole ...
As: Sam Watchman
1977-09-14
Relentless...
As: Lonny Moon
1978-01-21
Standing Tall...
As: Elevator Attendant
1985-08-02
Insignificance...
As: The Interpreter (Wil
1976-01-01
Buffalo Bill and the...
As: Wingina
1986-05-26
Roanoak...
As: Sgt. Cheney
1979-02-14
From Here to Eternit...
As: John Stronghart
1983-10-02
The Yellow Rose...
As: Unknown
1985-03-21
Wildside...
As: Cpl. Cheney
1979-02-14
From Here to Eternit...