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Osage actor follows parents’ footsteps working in show business

If you are an owner of Apple products, you may have seen his face in advertisements. Or maybe you saw him walking down the streets of Pawhuska with his famous dad, or at In-Lon-Schka dancing with the Pawhuska District.

Jerry Wolf, 29, born in Los Angeles and raised in Malibu, is an Osage actor, writer and producer hoping to make an impact for Indian Country and put his degree in Development Studies from Brown University to use.

“Both my parents are actors … I’ve been surrounded by this industry since before I could even recognize it,” he said. “Now that I’m in it, it’s time to put my degree to use and connect to the network I’ve been born into.”

Wolf is the son of Susie Duff, a comedic actress, and Larry Sellers. Sellers, Osage and currently an Osage language instructor in Pawhuska, is most well known for his roles as Cloud Dancing on the popular 90s TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and as the Naked Indian in Wayne’s World 2 (1993).

“I didn’t encourage him at all, he’s choosing to do it all on his own,” Sellers said. “It’s a hard business, there are no overnight successes in that business.”

He said acting requires skill, luck, and sometimes it is who you know and what part of the business you’re working in. He said his son has called him for acting advice in the past and the most recent call he received was a question about how to cry in a scene. He told his son he has to relate to an experience that was emotional for him and concentrate on that experience and revisit it every time he has to cry.

Wolf didn’t always want to become an actor. He was making a documentary for his thesis at Brown when his friend asked him to help him produce a short film, “Four Winds.”

“We were auditioning our leads and didn’t have any strong options, Nick Brokaw the director, asked me to read the role’s audition piece and it turned out I was our best choice. That’s why I’m an actor,” Wolf said. “That was 2010, and I’ve been working on being successful in show business ever since.”

According to his IMDB profile, he has had training from various acting coaches and workshops, including Second City Conservatory where he studied Comedy Improv. His performance skills include comedic acting, improvisation and stunts. He was a member of Brown University’s Polo team when he was in school.

Some of his film credits include: Four Winds (2013), Derby Kings (2013) and If Dating Was Like a Job Interview (2014).

He also had a small role for the now-canceled CBS series starring Halle Berry, called Extant. Wolf played a robot soldier.

He is currently developing two films, a marvel universe character and a western “Bourne Identity-esque” classic showdown. He’s involved with developing a TV series about Casinos, and he said he is always “involved with up and coming filmmakers and actors who I can help out, develop their concept as an actor and producer.”

He said he hopes to make movies, open hotels and restaurants and generally collaborate with tribal nations at the federal level. He said his inspirations include his dad, Larry Sellers, Ryan Gosling and his brother, Nick Brokaw.

He is the grandson of Carl Sellers and Kathleen Rector Sellers. His Osage name is Gra.To^ Sha.Kah (Hawk Talon). He is the great-great-grandson of Wah.Weh.See (Pierce St. John) and his great-great-grandmother was Keah Sompah (Opal St. John). He is from the Buffalo Bull Clan.


By

Shannon Shaw Duty


Original Publish Date: 2016-06-01 00:00:00

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Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.
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