“Believe in yourself, anything is possible no matter who you are ,or where you come from. Find your path and stay on it, if you want something bad enough, nothing can stop you.” Eddie Spears
American actor Eddie Spears, younger brother of actor Michael Spears, is probably most famous for playing the title role in the boxing film “Black Cloud” (2004). His other acting credits include the TV miniseries “Dreamkeeper” (2003), “Into the West” (2005) and “Comanche Moon” (2008), HBO's telepic “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (2007) and the indie movie “The Slaughter Rule” (2002).
Spears enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, rodeo, hunting and archery. He can dance both the traditional and grass ceremonies of the Lakota. He also can speak Lakota.
In 2005, Spears attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana.
Childhood and Family:
Eddie Spears was born Edward Spears on November 29, 1982. He is part of the Lakota Sioux Lower Brule Tribe of South Dakota. He has one sister and five brothers, including actor Michael Spears (born on December 28, 1977).
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Eddie Spears began acting on television at age 10 when he got the small role of Ishkiye on the TNT film “Geronimo” (1993), a biography of the big Native American leader and medicine man of the Chiricahua Apache. The film was nominated for five Emmys and won one in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special (Donald M. Morgan).
After his debut, however, Spears disappeared from the screen for many years and did not resume his career until 2002 when he costarred as Roy Chutney's best friend Tracy Two Dogs on “The Slaughter Rule,” an independent film directed by Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith and starring Ryan Gosling and David Morse. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 11, 2002 and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. The following year, he was cast as August Schellenberg' teenaged Lakota grandson, Shane Chasing Horse, on the ABC miniseries “Dreamkeeper,” for writer John Fusco and director Steve Barron, and played Franklin on the Showtime superb drama film “Edge of America,” directed by Chris Eyre and penned by Willy Holtzman.
In 2004, Spears had the title role on the drama film “Black Cloud,” which was written and helmed by first timer Rick Schroder. The film premiered at the Nashville Film Festival on April 30, 2004 before receiving a limited release on October 1, 2004.
Spears returned to television in 2005 when he appeared as Red Lance in the last episode of the TNT miniseries “Into the West” called “Ghost Dance.” His older brother, Michael Spears, starred in the miniseries as Dog Star. Two years later, he portrayed Chasing Crane on the HBO drama film “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (2007), based on Dee Brown's book of the same name. The film starred Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg and Anna Paquin and was directed by Yves Simoneau.
In 2008, Spears played Quannah Parker in the CBS TV miniseries “Comanche Moon,” adapted from the 1997 Western novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry.
Spears has completed filming “The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy,” an action/adventure movie directed and written by Tanner Beard. Starring Summer Glau, Jenna Dewan, James Lafferty, Henry Thomas, Eric Balfour and Robert Buckley, among other actors, is set to be released later in 2010. He is also scheduled to play a role on director Dean Teaster's upcoming film, “Timberwolf” (2011). Costars in the film will include Wes Studi, Cloris Leachman, Erin Gray and his brother, Michael.