Saginaw Grant, star of The Lonely Ranger and Breaking Bad, passed away at the age of 85. The news was announced by the actor’s publicist and a statement on his Facebook page read: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that a warrior has been called home. Saginaw Morgan Grant, the hereditary chief and medicine man of the Sac & Fox tribe, traveled the world talking about his traditions, his experiences, his sobriety and his faith as both a Native American and a Christian.” Grant died of natural causes and was not thought to be in ill health prior to his passing.
Best known for his role alongside Johnny Depp in the remake of The Lonely Ranger, in The World’s Fastest Indian, TV series Breaking Bad, and many classic TV shows like Baywatch, Nash Bridges and The last frontierGrant received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oceanside International Film Festival in 2014, and he has been a motivational speaker for many years, including giving words of wisdom regarding last year’s Covid pandemic quarantine and lockdowns.
Grant was born in Oklahoma in 1936 and was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War in the 1950s, and it wasn’t until the late 1980s that he made his way into acting. Making his debut in 1988 war party, Grant appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, the revival of the British comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, American Horror Story, Shameless, Veep and his last roles were in Valley of the Gods and Travel to Royal both in 2017.
While he ended his on-screen acting career a few years ago, Grant continued to work in other mediums and ways. He released a music album Don’t silence the drums in 2018, winning NAMA’s Album of The Year award, and he became known for spreading his motivational word during his interviews and appearances.
Receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award, he said, “Respect everyone, no matter what color, no matter what creed. We are all human. We all have feelings. We all discern right from wrong. Many of us take that wrong path, and it hurts us. Teach the children the traditions of our past. “Every country, every people must honor its traditions. To remember who they are. Be proud. Remember: if you know who you are, you will always end up somewhere on Mother Earth.”
He also shared his thoughts of hope for the future in an interview with Native News Online last year, in which he spoke about the isolation of the Covid pandemic and how people would manage to get through it if they took the time to follow through. to think about themselves and be there for others in whatever way. He said: “This isolation is temporary for most, but for many elderly people what you are experiencing now is the norm. It is human nature to come together in times of crisis, but this time we must stay apart for health and safety of each other. Take this opportunity to get to know yourself and what is important. Take this time to reflect on God’s purpose for you. Look to others and let them know that you care. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty find yourself in a negative situation…spend extra time with someone and let them know they are loved Acknowledge the opportunities you have in any situation, know that your choices in a crisis define who you are, let this in present a positive light.’