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Alan Tafoya

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Alan Tafoya
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Born (1963-06-12) June 12, 1963 (age 58)
Dulce, New Mexico US
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Actor, musician, and champion knife fighter.
📆 Years active  1999–present

Alan Tafoya (born June 12, 1963) is a Native American Jicarilla Apache actor.

Early life[edit]

Tafoya was born in Dulce, New Mexico and grew up on the Jicarilla Apache reservation. His father was Tribal Chief Raleigh Tafoya senior. Alan was a tribal criminal investigator from 1989 to 2011 and did national security at Los Almos Labs during the same time period.[1]


Tafoya has appeared in films and television shows, including the TV series Comanche Moon (as Peta Nacoma) and the Tracker in the series Special Ops Mission, as well as his appearance as himself on the Gladiator vs Apache episode of Deadliest Warrior featuring UFC fighter Chuck Liddell.[2]

Tafoya also had roles in the films MacGruber,[3] Ink: A Tale of Captivity,[4] and The Mexican.[5]

He was featured alongside fellow Apache actor Sam Bearpaw in the 2015 western film Western Religion.[6]

Tafoya played the lead role of Sitting Bull in the 2016–17 touring stage musical Sitting Bull's Last Waltz.[7] The Lincoln Journal Star wrote that the musical "accurately recounts the story of Sitting Bull, who's played with dignity and Lou Reed-sounding vocals by Apache actor Alan Tafoya."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Tafoya is the son of Jicarilla Apache tribal chief Raleigh Tafoya senior and is married to stage actress Cynthia Straus. He plays the electric guitar and lives in both Taos, New Mexico and New York City.[9]


  1. "Home". actoralantafoya.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. "SpikeTV's "Deadliest Warrior" goes at those of us who are inspired by the Ultimate Fighting Championship" (PDF). snakeblocker.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. "MacGruber – TV Guide". TV Guide. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  4. "INK: A Tale of Captivity". Santafe.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. "Alan Tafoya". IMDb. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. "Another one in the Cannes – The Argonaut Newsweekly". argonautnews.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. Carper, Dalton. "CARPER: 'Sitting Bull's Last Waltz' excels at storytelling, performance". The Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  8. Wolgamott, L. Kent. "Review: 'Sitting Bull's Last Waltz' is an effective history lesson with rock". JournalStar.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  9. "Behind the Scenes – Cynthia Straus". cynthiastraus.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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