Producers, Directors, Writers, & Actors with ties to SW Oklahoma
(*Award-winning/Honors)

Annette Arkeketa* (Otoe-Missouria), Lawton, Hokte Productions

Margaret Avery*, Mangum, Actress, Oscar Nomination, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
for "The Color Purple" (1985)

Big Productions*, Dan Big Bee Jr (Comanche) and Lily Shangreaux (Lakota)

Russell Bates*, Lawton, Writer - 1975 Emmy for Animated Startrek

Charlotte Black Elk* (Lakota), Apache, researcher and activist for Native rights, a scholar of Lakota tradition and western technology, featured in many documentaries

Katela Black Elk (Lakota), Apache, Actress

Wallace Bridges, Lawton, Founder and Artistic Director, Idlewild Theatre, Acting professionally on stage, commercials and film, and Educator, www.bridgesweb.com

Layne Brightwell*, Altus, Costume designer, Key costumer, Supervising costumer, Set costumer and Wardrobe supervisor for television series and films such as "Diary of a Mad Black Woman” (2005), “Ghost Whisperer” (2005), “Seabiscuit” (2003) and “The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000)

Florence Britton (1904 - ?), Lawton, Actress

Cameron University, Department of Communications, various student productions*

Mark Carlton, Lawton, Actor & Second Unit Production Manager

Vicki Caroline Cheatwood-Daves*, Lawton - Fort Sill, Playwright, 1996 Best New Play - Southwest Theatre Association, 1997 Robert Bone Memorial Playwriting Award, Dallas Theatre Critics League Award for Best New Play, 2005 Austin film festival screenplay competition finalist, Potlatch screenplay reading series (Dallas), and Alchemy works “Movie Midwifing” screenplay series (Austin), 2005 Worldfest Houston film festival-Special Gold Jury Award, short film dramatic-adaptation

C. J. Cherryh, Lawton, Writer, John W. Campbell Award, Hugo Award, Locus Award, New England Science Fiction Association's Edward E. Smith Memorial Award (The Skylark), Oklahoma Book Award's Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, Asteroid 77185 Cherryh, discovered March 20, 2001 and named in her honor

Pamela Clay, Fort Sill, Actress

Tokala Clifford (Lakota), Actor

Kalvin Cook*, Apache, Actor, Guinness World Record Holder, appeared in numerous movies, television shows and commercials

Alvin Dark aka "Blackie" & "The Swamp Fox" (1922 - ?), Comanche, Baseball Player, Played self in movies

Bill Devine, Fort Sill, Production Manager, Voice recordist, & Sound design

Candace Early, Lawton, Actress & Singer appearing on "All My Children"

Judy Guyll, Lawton, Actress

Ava Hamilton* (Arapaho), Weatherford, Producer & Director

David G. Harper, Fort Sill, Actor

Marc Hausman (Comanche), Lawton, Videographer & Photographer

Tony Head, Fort Sill, Actor

Stephen Hillenburg, Fort Sill, Creator & Executive producer, SpongeBob SquarePants

Charles Nedwin "Ned" Hockman*, Carnegie, Producer, Director, Production Manager, & Actor - 1996 Cameron University Distinguished Alumnus; Boyd Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism, The University of Oklahoma; Former delegate to the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France; Former Delegate to the International Lision Schools of Cinema and Television, Warsaw/Lodz, Poland; Former Delegate to the Mannheim Documentary Film Festival (Ger.); Visiting Professor, Summer Term, University of Washington, Seattle, USA; For 26 years, Director of the Annual Television-News Video Workshop sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, Eastman Kodak, Sony and the University of Oklahoma; President, Oklahoma Motion Picture Hall of Fame, Charter member; University Film and Video Association of America, Member; Oklahoma Governor's Film Committee, & Awarded the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award for Photojournalism by the National Press Photographers Association

Johnny Horn, Lawton, Actor, "Special Ed"; feature film; (2006) "Unsolved Mysteries; NBC TV, commercials

Howard Family, Duncan - Rance, Jean Speegle-Howard, and Ron; Producer, Director & Actors

Tvli Jacobs*, Producer & Director

Cassie Jaye, Fort Sill, Actress

Dr. Matt Jenkins*, Matt Jenkins Productions

Darrell Kosechequetah (Comanche) Producer, Photographer & Graphic Design

Mike Kosechequetah* (Comanche) Producer, Photographer & Graphic Design

Barbara Lawrence, Carnegie, Actress - Among her many roles, in 1955 she was cast as Gertie Cummings in the movie Oklahoma! She reprised the role she played on the stage.

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Lawton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author featured in many documentaries

Lauren Nelson, Lawton, Miss America 2007

Lee Pace*, Chickasha, Actor with a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe, for his work in the 2003 "Soldier's Girl"

Pat Payne*, Ringling, Producer & Composer

Tom Platz, Fort Sill, Actor & Body Builder 1973 Mr. Adonis competition & 1978 World Amateur Championship middleweight division

Rod Pocowatchit* (Pawnee, Shawnee and Comanche), Producer, Director & Writer, Sundance Fellow

Rudy Ramos, Lawton, Actor

Leon Russel, Lawton, Singer, Actor & Musical Arranger

Buddy Ryan, Frederick, Sports legend, played self

Alton Tabor, Hobart, Actor

Sunrise Tippeconnie* (Comanche & Navajo) Producer, Director & Actor

Deron Twohatchet * (Kiowa & Comanche), Producer, Director & Actor

Levi West* (Otoe-Missouria) Lawton, Videographer, 5 Time Emmy Award Winner

Bryan White, Lawton, Singer & Voice

Jan Woomavoyah * (Comanche), Lawton, Producer & Director

Rodney Yee, Altus, Self in Yoga series

Brad Yoder, Fort Sill, Producer, Production Manager, Actor& Writer

 

The research for this data came from many sources such as The Internet Movie Data Base, the Internet Broadway Data Base, Wikipedia, Museum of the Great Plains, and in some cases the person or their family. Should any information need to be updated, corrected, or added, please, call our office at 580-581-3470 or email us at LAHC@cityof.lawton.ok.us.