Saginaw Grant, a well know Native American character actor best known for Breaking Bad, has died this past Wednesday in Holly wood. According to Variety, Lani Carmichael, Grant’s publicist, confirmed that Grant died peacefully in a private care facility. He was best known for his roles in Breaking Bad and Lone Ranger.
Saginaw Grant’s Early Life
Born Saginaw Morgan Grant on July 20, 1936, in an Indian hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Sarah and Austin Grant, he would go on to serve in the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Back in 1988, at the age of 52, Grant got his first big break in the action-drama War Party where he played Freddie Man-Wolf. Then in 1994, he got a recurring role in Harts of the West. This dramedy only had one season with 15 episodes. Grant would go on to be cast in numerous TV shows and TV movies for the next decade until when he was cast in the Ricky Schroeder written and directed film by the name of Black Cloud (2004). Which is about a young Navajo, Native American, who is fighting for a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team. Saginaw Grant’s notoriety started to pick up after he was in My Name is Earl in 2005 and would go on to also be in American Horror Story, Eagleheart, The Lone Ranger (2013), Breaking Bad, Shameless, Community, Workaholics, and VEEP.
Besides acting, Grant also devoted a lot of his time to help Native American communities by traveling the globe to speak about Native American culture and was a member of the American Indian Advisory Board of the San Diego International Film Festival. Carmichael said about Grant:
He loved both Oklahoma and L.A. He made his home here as an actor, but he never forgot his roots in Oklahoma. He remained a fan of the Sooner Nation.”
Grant was the hereditary chief and medicine man of the Sac & Fox tribe.