Larry Sellers, a Native American actor and stuntman best known for starring in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, is dead at age 72. He passed away of unknown causes on Dec. 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman actor Larry Sellers has died
Sellers's most famous role came on Dr. Quinn as the Cheyenne medicine man "Cloud Dancing." He played the part in over 70 episodes across six seasons from 1993 to 1998.
Star Jane Seymour paid tribute to Sellers after the sad news. "Larry Sellers was truly the the heart and spirit of Dr. Quinn," she wrote on Instagram.
"His presence was magical, mystical, and spiritual. I feel so fortunate to have had all those wonderful years together. He will be missed by us all," Seymour continued.
"My heart goes out to Larry's family and friends, may his memory be a blessing to us all." Seymour added a photo of herself next to Sellers (right) and co-star Joe Lando (left).
Sellers was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, in 1949. According to Uniquelahoma, he was of Osage and Cherokee descent and an adopted member of the Lakota tribe.
Uniquelahoma adds that Sellers told Dr. Quinn producers he would only play "Cloud Dancing" if the character represented "the real Native American both of tribal ethnicity and as a whole of the Native American peoples."
Sellers also served as "Native American consultant" on Dr. Quinn. In addition, he played character parts as Native Americans in films like Wayne's World 2 and in episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Sopranos.
2 News Oklahoma noted that Sellers was also an educator, athlete, activist, and traditional practitioner of Native American ceremonies, on top of his film and TV career.
He was a father of six children, including actor Jerry Wolf. He will be missed.