Jay Silverheels

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Jay Silverheels
Silverheels at The Meadow Racetrack in Pennsylvania, 1970s
Harold Jay Smith

May 26, 1912
DiedMarch 5, 1980 (aged 67)
Cause of deathStroke-related problems
NationalityMohawk / Canadian
OccupationActor, stunt man, athlete, poet, salesman
Years active1937–1980
Known forTonto
TelevisionTonto in The Lone Ranger (TV series)
Spouse(s)Bobbi Smith (m. 19??; div. 1943)
Mary Diroma (m. 1945)
Partner(s)Edna Lickers

Jay Silverheels (born Harold Jay Smith, May 26, 1912 – March 5, 1980)[1] was an Aboriginal Canadian actor and athlete.[2] He was well known for his role as Tonto, the Native American sidekick of the Lone Ranger[3][4] in the American western television series The Lone Ranger.

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  1. "Jay Silverheels". Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  2. Daily, Hall (March 6, 1980). "A legend dies with Jay Silverheels". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 16.
  3. Klein, Jeff Z. (August 31, 2013). "A Sidekick's Little-Known Leading Role in Lacrosse". The New York Times.
  4. "Lacrosse: 1936 North Shore Indians" (PDF). Hero in You. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-11-21. His job in Hollywood was to help his partner, "The Lone Ranger" stop the devious plots of hardened outlaws.