Chaske Spencer

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Chaske Spencer
Chaske Spencer with Lets Move.JPG
Spencer in May 2011
Born (1975-03-09) March 9, 1975 (age 43)
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States
OccupationActor, producer

Chaske Spencer (pronounced Chas-Kay; born March 9, 1975)[1] is a Native American actor and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Spencer was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and grew up in Montana, Kooskia, Lapwai, and Lewiston, Idaho. His heritage includes Lakota, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek, French, and Dutch;[2] he is a member of the Fort Peck Tribe,[3] and has two younger sisters. He graduated from Clearwater Valley High School in 1994, where he went by the name James Spencer,[4] and acted as a young teen at the Lewiston Civic Theater. Spencer went to college at Lewis Clark State College for a year before dropping out to pursue his acting career.

He struggled doing odd jobs and addiction by taking acting lessons from coaches like David Gideon and Ed Kovens.[5][6] Then he got a role in the 2002 film Skins, which then lead to Dreamkeeper, and Into the West.

In 2009, Spencer played werewolf Sam Uley in New Moon, based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name. He finished filming Eclipse in October 2009, reprising his role as Sam.[7]

In 2015, Spencer was cast in the recurring role of Billy Raven in Banshee after making his debut one year prior in the web series Banshee Origins.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Skins Teen Rudy Movie
2003 Dreamkeeper Eagle Boy Movie
2004 Red Dead Revolver Voice: Shadow Wolf / Chief Running Moon / Duellist Video game
2005 Into the West Voices That Carry Mini series
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Sam Uley Movie
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie
2011 Shouting Secrets Wesley Movie
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Sam Uley Movie
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Movie
The Frontier Eli TV Movie
2013 Winter in the Blood Virgil First Raise Movie
2014 The Hero Pose Joe Short
Desert Cathedral Duran Palouse Movie
Banshee Origins Deputy Billy Raven TV mini-series
The Jingle Dress John Red Elk Movie
2015 Addiction: A 60's Love Story Chaska Movie
2015–2016 Banshee Deputy Billy Raven TV series
2017 Walking Out Sun Bear Movie
Woman Walks Ahead Movie
2017–present Sneaky Pete Chayton Dockery TV series
TBA Indian Summer Wez McKendrick Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Outcome
2014 The Short Film Awards SOFIE Award Best Actor in a Short Film Hero Pose Won


  1. ^ Chaske Spencer - Biography
  2. ^ Interview with a New Moon Werewolf | Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Sweet, Brandi (2011-06-01). ""Twilight: New Moon" and "Twilight: Eclipse" Actor Chaske Spencer Speaks Out on Getting Healthy in Indian Country". Let's Move! Bureau of Indian Education, Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  5. ^ Berry, Carol (March 19, 2013). "Chaske Spencer: A Native Actor Who Left Addiction Behind". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  6. ^ . Buddy TV Retrieved July 15, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Sciretta, Peter (March 23, 2009). "Summit Casts New Moon's Wolf Pack". /Film. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Schilling, Vincent (January 9, 2015). "Chaske Spencer Joins Cast of 'Banshee' as Officer Billy Raven". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved May 15, 2016.

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