Eddie Spears

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Eddie Spears
Born Edward Spears
(1982-11-29) 29 November 1982 (age 31)
Chamberlain, South Dakota Lower Brulé Sioux Reservation, South Dakota,  United States
Other names Eddie Spears
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 - present

Edward "Eddie" Spears (born November 29, 1982) is an American actor. He is a member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate Lakota (often called "Sioux") Lower Brulé Tribe of South Dakota.[1]

Early life[edit]

Eddie was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota on the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation.[2] He has 5 brothers and 1 sister. His older brother Michael is also an actor.[3] Eddie grew up on the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation until the first grade of elementary school when his family moved to Pierre, South Dakota.[4]

Career[edit]

Movie career[edit]

Spears has been in the spotlight since age 10 starting with his first role in TNT's production of Geronimo. It was shot in Arizona.[5]

Eddie currently plays Joseph Black Moon on AMC's popular television series, Hell On Wheels.[6] According to him, his most rewarding role to date was Shane Chasing Horse in Dreamkeeper.[7]

When he was cast for the lead in Black Cloud (2004), directed by Rick Schroder, he trained for three months with boxing trainer Jimmy Gambia to perfect his boxing skills before filming started. The story is about a Navajo boxer training for the Golden Gloves with the promise of a spot at the Olympics while struggling with the secrets of his family's heritage. One of the scenes was filmed in Las Vegas during the 2003 Golden Gloves National Championship.[8]

Other work[edit]

In 2005, Eddie and his brother Michael modeled for Native American fashion designer, Cochiti Pueblo Virgil Ortiz, for his "Indigene" clothing line. Eddie and Michael wore Virgil Ortiz's "Indigene" fashion on the cover of the August 2005 issue of New Mexico Magazine.[9]

Awards[edit]

  • Bronze Wrangler Award at the Western Heritage Awards in 2012 for lead actor in Yellow Rock.[10]
  • FAITA Best Actor Award in 2004 for Hallmark entertainment's mini series Dreamkeeper.[11]
  • Phoenix Film Festival Best Actor Award in 2004 for his lead role in Black Cloud.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Spears attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana in October 2005. HatcH is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.[13] Eddie and his brother Michael are active with Native Wind.[14] The Spears brothers were involved with Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP) Native Energy, in which their father Pat Spears, was the former President. COUP was formed in 1994 to provide a forum for utility issues discussion from regulatory and economic perspectives.[15]

Eddie can speak Lakota, but has admitted that he is not fluent. He is an avid outdoorsman with hunting, fishing, archery and rodeo experience. Eddie can dance both the traditional and grass ceremonies of the Lakota. He also travels nationally as a keynote speaker.[16] He currently resides in Montana.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Geronimo Ishkiye TV
1993 Ancient Warriors Lead TV
1998 The Witness Wampishe
2002 The Slaughter Rule Tracy Two Dogs
2003 Dreamkeeper Shane Chasing Horse TV
2003 Edge of America Franklin TV
2004 Black Cloud Black Cloud
2005 Into the West Red Lance TV mini-series
2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Chasing Crane TV
2008 Comanche Moon Quannah Parker (TV mini-series)
2011 Guns, Girls and Gambling Dark Eyes
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Wakaree
2011 Yellow Rock Angry Wolf
2011- Hell On Wheels Joseph Black Moon TV series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817353/bio Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Eddie Spears Homepage Biography http://www.eddiespears.com/bio.htm Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Eddie Spears Biography Page Spears Brothers Fans http://spearsbrothersfans.webs.com/eddie.htm Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Morreale, Marie "DreamKeeper: Meet Eddie Spears" http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/dreamkeeper/latest_news/index.asp?article=interview Scholastic News February 25, 2004.
  5. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817353/bio Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Hill, Pat "Native Stars The Spears Brothers Native Stars Call Bozeman Home" http://www.mtpioneer.com/2012-February-Native-Stars.html The Montana Pioneer, February 2012.
  7. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817353/bio Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817353/bio Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Haaland, Debra "AN EYE FOR FASHION Cochiti Pueblo's renowned potter Virgil Ortiz has expanded his artistic talents to the world of fashion, now rubbing elbows with famed international designer Donna Karan" http://www.nmmagazine.com/FEATURES/current.html New Mexico Magazine, August 2005, Volume 83, Number 8.
  10. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Awards http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000792/ Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Eddie Spears Biography Page Spears Brothers Fans http://spearsbrothersfans.webs.com/eddie.htm Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Eddie Spears Biography Page Spears Brothers Fans http://spearsbrothersfans.webs.com/eddie.htm Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  13. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817353/bio Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  14. ^ http://www.nativeenergy.com/
  15. ^ Renaud, Roseanna "KILI celebrates 25 years and wind turbine dedication" http://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/news/2008-08-07/local_news/009.html Lakota Country Times, August 07, 2008.
  16. ^ Eddie Spears IMDB Biography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817353/bio Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  17. ^ Eddie Spears Biography Page Spears Brothers Fans http://spearsbrothersfans.webs.com/eddie.htm Retrieved March 19, 2013.

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