Prolific Native American actor Saginaw Grant of “The Lone Ranger” fame died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 85.
His publicist Lani Carmichael told the Associated Press that he passed away at a private care facility in Hollywood, California.
“His motto in life was always respect one another and don’t talk about one another in a negative way,” she said.
The news of his death was also shared on his Facebook page. “It’s with heavy hearts we announce a warrior has been called home. Saginaw Morgan Grant, the hereditary chief and medicine man of the Sac & Fox tribe, traveled the world speaking of his traditions, his experiences, his sobriety and his faith as both a Native American and a Christian,” the post read.
Grant’s other parts included a role in the Anthony Hopkins film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” and a stint on the 1993 CBS series “Harts of the West,” starring Beau Bridges and his dad, Lloyd Bridges.
The Oklahoma native also had a guest-starring role in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” where he played a truck driver in the 2013 episode, “Ozymandias.”
Grant also had parts in shows such as “Baywatch,” “My Name Is Earl,” “American Horror Story,” “Shameless,” “Baskets” and “Veep.”
He even participated in the National Gathering of American Indian Veterans. The event is held annually in Wheaton, Illinois where participants honor veterans and military personnel of all cultures, eras and branches in a Native American style.
“He thought it was important for Native people to get recognized as veterans,” Joseph Podlasek, the event’s organizer, told the AP. “He was kind and gentle and very humble.”
Grant is survived by his daughter Lisa; grandchildren Cassandra, Vanessa and Della as well as his great-grandchildren Joseph, Sherry Jo, Stephen and Micah Little Crow; and brothers Austin and Francis.