Born and raised the eldest of six children in Edmonton, Canada, film and television actor Nathaniel Arcand is a Plains Cree (Nehiyaw) Native American whose career has largely been built around Native and First Nation roles. Inspired to be an actor after seeing a Bruce Lee movie at a drive-in when he was just five years old, Arcand's first screen role came with a small appearance in the 1994 family Western "Savage Land." His big break came when he was cast in the CBC series "North of 60" in 1994, in a rebellious-teen role that eventually netted him a Gemini nomination. From there, Arcand landed roles in various popular Canadian TV series including "Da Vinci's Inquest," its spin-off "Da Vinci's City Hall," and the saddleback soap-opera "Heartland." Arcand was chosen to be the new Tonto in a youth-culture rebooting of "The Lone Ranger" by The WB, opposite teen heartthrob Chad Michael Murray. Though initially intended to be a series, this youthful "Lone Ranger"--with Arcand as a martial arts-practicing, sexy sister-possessing Tonto--was shelved after its movie-length 2003 pilot. In features, Arcand has been in scores of Westerns, though often maligned ones; like the Richard Attenborough-directed biopic "Grey Owl," or the "Young Guns"-styled, Civil War popcorn movie "American Outlaws." Two more notable cinematic roles were in "Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning," the third film in the Candian werewolf trilogy, and in the Vikings/Indians would-be-blockbuster "Pathfinder."
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Portrayed bad boy William MacNeil on the popular Canadian TV series "North of 60" (CBC)
Film debut in "Savage Land"
Played supporting role in the TNT original "Crazy Horse"
Had featured role in "Grey Owl"
Starred in the award-winning short film "Virtual Insanity"
Appeared in the Sundance-screened "The Doe Boy"
Played supporting role in "American Outlaws"
Played Tonto in the WB's "Lone Ranger"
Cast in the TNT miniseries, "Into the West"
Cast with Karl Urban in the Viking film "Pathfinder"