'Fargo' Actor Steve Reevis Dies At 55

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Award-winning actor Steve Reevis has died at the age of 55.

Reevis died unexpectedly at his home in Montana on Dec. 7, according to Deadline. Reevis' cause of death has not been released publicly. Reevis, a member of the Blackfeet Native American tribe, was known for his role in "Fargo" and other films.

Reevis was born Aug. 14, 1962, and attended the Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, receiving a degree in arts, according to Indian Country Today. Reevis moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career, and reportedly lived in his car on the beach when he was first starting out.

His earliest known role was a stunt driver in 1987's "War Party." His first role as an actor came the next year, in "Twins,"  before appearing in a non-speaking role as a Cheyenne warrior in 1990's "Dances With Wolves."

Reevis then went on to play Chato, an Apache scout, in 1993's "Geronimo: An American Legend." He also played a leading role in "Last of the Dogmen" in 1995.

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Reevis received a First Americans in the Arts award in 1996 for his roles in "Fargo" and "Crazy Horse," and another in 2004 for his work on the television show "Line of Fire."

Tinsel Korey, who worked with Reevis in the independent film "Fishing Naked," said that she was sad to hear about Reevis' death.

"I was blessed to have shared the screen with Steve Reevis," Korey said. "His comedic timing was impeccable, his smile contagious and his spirit uplifted a room. Both on and off screen he had a way of making you feel at home."

"The cast and crew of our movie are absolutely heartbroken," Korey added. "My deepest condolences to his family in this time of great sorrow. He will be missed dearly."

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Reevis is survived by his wife and four children, Page Six reports.

A GoFundMe created for Reevis' funeral expenses described him as a "family man" and a "Blackfeet warrior of the Blackfeet Pikuni Nation."

"It is with a heavy heart that our much loved son, father, brother, uncle and friend Steve Reevis crossed over to the Sand Hills and is walking with God," reads the GoFundMe page.

In a quote listed on Reevis' IMDB page, he once mused on life and respect.

"Life is something that is never supposed to be played with," said the actor. "Life is so precious that we have to understand that our life was given to us by The Creator. When I think of life, it's always about living that life in a beautiful way. Life is about respecting one another in whatever capacity we live in in this world. It's all about total respect for each other and our individual lives."

Sources: Deadline, Indian Country Today, Page Six / Featured Image: DanielSTL/Flickr / Embedded Images: StarsToRemember/Twitter, Cesare Augusto/Twitter

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