After Russell Means‘ character Benjamin Longshadow passed away in the Cinemax series “Banshee,” the Native American actor passed away in real life on Oct. 22, 2012. Now Zap2it can exclusively reveal that Means’ son, Tatanka Means, will have a role in the series’ upcoming second season.
“‘Banshee’ had the honor of being Russell Means’ last project before he passed,” showrunner Greg Yaitanes tells Zap2it in a statement. “Tatanka, his son, brings not only his talent but a legacy to our show. The Native American culture is a rich aspect of our series and knowing the Means family is part of that is extremely validating. We are excited to have Tatanka join this season as Hoyt Rivers.”
Tatanka will appear in approximately five episodes in the second season of “Banshee.” His character, Hoyt Rivers, will be the Head of Security for Anthony Ruvivar‘s Alex Longshadow, who is the son of the elder Means’ Benjamin on the Cinemax series. This is the first of several roles that will be cast for a “Banshee” storyline that includes the Native American community.
“I’m honored to join the ‘Banshee’ cast. It will feel comforting to work and be with others who had the pleasure of knowing and working alongside my Dad,” Tatanka says. “I look forward to hearing stories of his time on set with everyone. He is my inspiration. He motivated me to become a stronger actor and I am anxious to contribute what I can to the story. ‘Banshee’ is exciting, I hope my character’s involvement will add to another level of excitement.”
“Banshee’s” second season will premiere in 2014 on Cinemax.