Acclaimed Native American actor, director, producer, writer and motivational speaker Gerald Auger (Into the West, Dreamkeeper, Luna – Spirit of the Whale), has been nominated in the Best Performance by an Alberta Actor category for his role as Pawnee Killer in the Best Dramatic Series nominated “Hell On Wheels”. The nomination comes from The 38th Annual 2012 Alberta Film and Television Awards. The Awards will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Gerald Auger is one of the busiest First Nations actors on the continent, with an impressive list of big screen, television and theatre appearances to his credit. He’s also a recognized National Native Role Model, entrepreneur, director, producer, writer and motivational speaker with thousands of followers worldwide.
Gerald is nominated for his role as Pawnee Killer, in USA’s historical drama AMC’s “Hell On Wheels”. The Western style series, which is filmed in Calgary, Alberta, is set in the 1860’s, and centers on the Union Pacific Railroad's westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. His role as the Pawnee Killer character is the Native American resistance who is ruthless and very unforgiving while trying to find acceptance from his father, Many Horses (Wes Studi).
Some of Gerald’s recent high-profile television appearances include portraying Soaring Eagle, in the Steven Spielberg-produced TNT miniseries “Into the West”, a pivotal cameo on the primetime series “Blackstone”, and Crow Hunter on ABC’s primetime miniseries “Dreamkeeper”. He also starred as Ambrose in CTV’s “Luna: Spirit of the Whale”, which featured Jason Priestley and an all-star First Nations cast that included Tantoo Cardinal, Adam Beach and Graham Greene.
Gerald is a part of cinematic history in the Italian-shot “My West” (later dubbed “Gunslinger’s Revenge”), staring David Bowie and Harvey Keitel. It was the first spaghetti western to use First Nations actors in aboriginal roles. He also appeared in “Lewis and Clark: The Journey West”, one of the first historical Westerns to be screened on IMAX. Gerald has appeared in numerous Award winning television series and feature films including the cult classic feature film “FUBAR 2”.
As a filmmaker, Gerald scored critical acclaim for two National Film Board of Canada documentaries: “Honour Thy Father”, which chronicled Gerald’s conflict with the Anglican Church in granting a traditional funeral for his father, and “Walking Alone”, a biopic of an ex-founder/leader of a nation-wide gang.
Gerald remains inspirational to others and true to himself. Everyday Gerald says, “Live life to the fullest” & be able to say “I lived today!” Already an internationally recognized talent, abundant with spirituality, Gerald Auger says he "is honored to receive this AMPIA nomination and recognition".