Acclaimed Canadian actor Gerald Auger nabs role in new AMC series Hell on Wheels
Auger is the owner and CEO of Black Eagle Entertainment, a business designed to advance First Nations status in mainstream society and debunk cultural stereotypes of his people.
Gerald Auger, one of the busiest First Nations actors on the continent, is embarking on a new project: the role of Pawnee Killer in Endemol USA’s and AMC's highly anticipated historical drama Hell On Wheels, airing on Sundays after "The Walking Dead".
The Western-style series, directed by David Von Ancken ("Vampire Diaries", “Californication”) was filmed in Calgary. It's set in the 1860s and centres on former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), whose search for the Union soldiers who killed his wife leads him to the Union Pacific Railroad's westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Themes of vengeance and subjugation abound in this original work, which has just been green-lit to a full series.
Auger plays the character of Pawnee Killer, the Indian resistance for “Hell on Wheels”. One of seven of the series' regular leads, Pawnee Killer is ruthless and unforgiving to the encroaching white man as he attempts to find acceptance from his father, Many Horses (Wes Studi).
Some of Auger's recent high-profile TV appearances include the role of Soaring Eagle (a supporting lead role in the Steven Spielberg-produced TNT miniseries “Into the West”) and Crow Hunter (on ABC’s primetime miniseries “Dreamkeeper”) and a pivotal cameo on the primetime series “Blackstone”. He also starred as Chief Ambrose McQuinna 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.
After being discovered in 1995 at the Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, Auger became a part of cinematic history when he joined the cast of the Italian-shot “My West” (later dubbed “Gunslinger’s Revenge”), starring 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”, a release that also became a milestone as one of the first historical Westerns to be screened on IMAX. In 2010, Auger was also featured in the cult classic feature film “FUBAR 2”.
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Up next for Auger is a role as a guide and interpreter in the “Western Confidential” (starring FUBAR’s Paul Spence), as well as a role in “The Plateau”, a coming-of-age outing in which Auger plays a native cop searching for his missing best friend. The movie premiered at the Dreamspeakers International Film Festival.
Auger has a principal part in the soon-to-be-filmed “Scattered Leaves: Legend of the Ghostkiller”, and is writing and producing a drama entitled “The Ancients” for APTN.
Projects in which Auger has appeared have won two Emmy Awards in the U.S. and five Gemini Awards in Canada, with several nominations for Golden Globes, Emmys, Screen Actors Guild, Gemini, AMPIA and other awards internationally.
Auger is the owner and CEO of Black Eagle Entertainment, a business designed to advance First Nations status in mainstream society and debunk cultural stereotypes of his people. Through Black Eagle Entertainment, Auger plans to produce feature films, television series and documentaries.