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Who Plays Joe Leaphorn In Dark Winds? Meet Zahn McClarnon

Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, a brainchild of the renowned American author of mystery novels, Tony Hillerman, stands out for his sharp intellect, unflinching stoicism, and unwavering commitment to his profession. He’s often seen working in harmony with fellow officers Bernadette Manuelito and Jim Chee. The character Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, a member of the Navajo Tribal Police, is brought to life by Zahn McClarnon. This casting choice seems to be a perfect match for McClarnon, earning him accolades from viewers.

Zahn McClarnon As Joe Leaphorn In Dark Winds

Zahn McClarnon As Joe Leaphorn In Dark Winds
Source: Dark Winds, AMC+

Born on October 24, 1966, Zahn Tokiya-ku McClarnon is a celebrated American actor, particularly recognized for his role in the Western crime drama series “Longmire.” His birthplace is Denver, Colorado, and he is the offspring of a Hunkpapa Lakota mother and an Irish father. McClarnon’s upbringing spanned across Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Ohio, and Montana. He has openly talked about his childhood, describing it as “rough.”

Personal Life

Zahn McClarnon’s personal life is marked by solitude; he neither has a wife nor a girlfriend and has never tied the knot. In 2005, he was spotted with a woman named Terry Walker at the New York premiere of “Into The West” at the Museum of Natural History. Though there were whispers of a romantic relationship, the absence of further sightings put an end to the speculation.

He often speaks of his drama teacher from Omaha Central High School, Peggy Stommes, as a significant influence on his life.

Career, Movies, And TV

McClarnon’s acting journey began in 1998 with the film “My Neighbor Totoro.” He has since become a prominent figure in the industry, known for his roles in movies like “The Forever Purge,” “The Silencing,” “Togo,” “Hell on the Border,” “Braven,” “Mekko,” “Resolution,” “Down for Life,” “Searchers 2.0,” and more.

His television appearances include “Echo,” “Dark Winds,” “Ark: The Animated Series,” “Reservation Dogs,” “Westworld,” “Ringer,” “Life,” “Saving Grace,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Baywatch,” and others.

McClarnon in ‘Dark Winds’

In the series “Dark Winds,” the creators decided to take some artistic liberties. Unlike in the books, Zahn’s character as Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has a deceased son, a detail not present in the original material. Similarly, the family dynamics with the wife are a new addition. These variations in his roles are something that Zahn finds enjoyable and engaging.