Jay Silverheels a talented athlete

Harry Smith, later Jay Silverheels, played lacrosse professionally before going Hollywood. Photo via nytimes.com

By Josh Giles Writer Jay Silverheels is best known in pop culture for his role as Tonto in the popular Lone Ranger television series. But what many people don’t know about Silverheels, is that he was a talented athlete before any of the fame. Harold Jay Smith was born in Six Nations in 1912 with some strong family roots. He was the grandson to Mohawk Chief A.G. Smith and his father was a World War 1 veteran, so he had some big shoes to fill. Zig Misiak is a historian in Brantford who is very close to Silverheels’ family, and learned nearly everything about his life in order to create the first ever biography about the famous actor. Sitting down with Turtle Island News, Misiak told everything he knew about…

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