Gil Birmingham, Comanche, is one of the most successful Native actors working today. His recent film credits include episodes of the Twilight Saga, Crooked Arrows, Shouting Secrets, Rango (voice only), and The Lone Ranger. He's also on a hot streak in TV work, having appeared on Banshee, House of Cards, and Vegas.
Birmingham might also be the most popular Native actor on Facebook, where his page has nealy 290,000 likes. He rewards his fans with photos from his personal archives — movie premieres, behind-the-scenes, and images from his everyday life. He often tags them "Throwback Thursday" (it's a Twitter thing — see the #tbt hashtag), and they're heavily shared around. Here's a sampling, source material for a movie, perhaps: The Gil Birmingham Story.
Early Gil Birmingham. 'Rock and Hair,' he says.
Isla Fisher, Johnny Depp, Gil Birmingham making 'Rango.'
With the late Mohawk actor August Schellenberg. 'RIP Augie Schellenberg. The world is a better place because you were in it. My condolences to your family during this difficult time.'
Gil Birmingham with 'Twilight' cast-mates Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
'Happy Fall Equinox!'
Gil Birmingham with Jason O'Mara and Taylor Handley on the set of the TV series 'Vegas.' Birmingham's caption: 'Cowboys and Indian!'
Gil Birmingham with Antony Starr and Tatanka Means on the set of 'Banshee'
Old family photo posted by Gil Birmingham on Father's Day 2014.
Gil Birmingham with 'Twilight' cast-mates Chaske Spencer and Alex Meraz. Birmingham's caption: 'Steven Seagal, Bruce Lee, and Jean Claude Van Damme, martial artist of the Wolf Clan!'
Still of Gil Birmingham in 'Love's Long Journey,' a Hallmark Channel TV-movie.
Gil Birmingham interacting with 'Twilight' fans. Birmingham's caption: 'Huge Love for you all, the most amazing fans imaginable! Thank you!!'
A new year's greeting from Gil Birmingham: 'Wishing all this and more for Everyone in 2013! Happy New Year!'
Cherokee actor Wes Studi and Gil Birmingham at the 2013 Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation Gala.
Gil Birmingham as Red Knee in 'The Lone Ranger.'
Gil Birmingham and Chaske Spencer at the premiere of 'Winter in the Blood' at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Armie Hammer and Gil Birmingham at the premiere of 'The Lone Ranger.'
Gil Birmingham with Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, and Julia Jones at the Comanche Nation Fair 2013.
Gil Birmingham in a 2010 episode of 'The Mentalist.'
Gil Birmingham's caption: 'Takin' care of bizness in Banshee land. Photo credit Anthony Ruivivar.'
Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Gil Birmingham. 'Brothers of Life!'
Gil Birmingham's caption: 'Honoring Tradition with the Pipestone Creek Drum Circle.'
'Eye candy': Alex Meraz with Gil Birmingham at the 2013 Comanche Nation Fair.
The 'Twilight' wolf pack, reunited: Kiowa Gordon, Alex Meraz, Gil Birmingham, Chaske Spencer.
Gil Birmingham hits the red carpet at the 'Lone Ranger' premiere.
On the set of 'House of Cards.' Gil Birmingham's caption: 'The time has come…'