Underappreciated Actor of Another Color #19: Jay Tavare
Actor Jay Tavare is something of an enigma. He was adopted in his infancy and spent most of his life in Europe, but his father was Latino and Navajo (Tavare was born on the reservation). He's also of White Mountain Apache descent.
You've met him; he's actually quite memorable, though some of his role choices may have been a bit...ahem...questionable.
What drew me to Mr. Tavare was an email from from a commenter; she told me to check out the award-winning Unbowed, in which Tavare plays a captured brave in the late 1800s who falls in love with - *gasp* - a black woman (portrayed by Tembi Locke). And yes, children, there's a kiss, and yes...even a sex scene.
The DVD is damned hard to find, which doesn't really surprise me, even though the film starred the likes of Ron Glass and garnered awards. *shakes head* For now, it's available through his website; the proceeds go to charity.