Jay Tavare is a Native American actor. Tavare is perhaps best known as Vega in 1994 film Street Fighter. Tavare has played a number of roles in movies, including a Seminole in Adaptation, an Apache in The Missing, a Cherokee in Cold Mountain, and a Cheyenne in Into the West. His mother was White Mountain Apache and his father was Navajo and Latin American. Tavare was adopted as an infant and spent most of his teenage years in Europe.