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Will Sampson - Sampson, a Native American Muscogee (Creek), was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Sampson's most notable roles were as "Chief Bromden" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and as "Taylor the Medicine Man" in the horror film Poltergeist II. He had a recurring role on the TV series Vega$, as Harlon Twoleaf and starred in the movies Fish Hawk, The Outlaw Josey Wales (Ten Bears) and Orca.

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Will Sampson ~ A Native American actor of the Creek Nation, Sampson's "big break" came from his memorable role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales.

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Will Sampson (September 27, 1933 – June 3, 1987) was an American actor and artist. Sampson, a Native American Muscogee (Creek), was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Sampson’s most notable roles were as “Chief Bromden” in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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Will Sampson...He wasn’t only a movie actor, but a beautiful artist (painter and sketcher) and stage actor as well He founded and chaired the American Indian Registry for the Performing Arts. A multi-talented and gorgeous man who did so much for others.

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The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976, Western, American Civil War, Gone to Texas, Forrest Carter, Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon, Paula Trueman, Sam Bottoms, Geraldine Keams, Woodrow Parfrey, Joyce Jameson, Sheb Wooley, Royal Dano, Matt Clark, Will Sampson, John Quade, Richard Farnsworth, Kyle Eastwood, Len Lesser, Doug McGrath, John Russell, John Chandler, William O'Connell

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Rance Hood Poster, "Tribute to Will Sampson"