Thursday, July 28, 2016
Native American Chief, WW2 Veteran, Big Band Drummer, Stunt Man, Actor Dies
I saw on the BBC that Chief David Bald Eagle passed away July 22 at the age of 97. This gentleman lead quite a life. He fought in WW2, earning a Silver Star, and was wounded on D-Day. After returning to the states, he was a drummer in the Cliff Keyes Orchestra. He then moved to Hollywood, where he trained actors like John Wayne in horsemanship and shooting, and served as Errol Flynn's stunt double. In the 1950's, he joined a rodeo display team, and continued acting late into his life, appearing in Dances With Wolves.