Chaske Spencer

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Chaske Spencer
Chaske Spencer with Lets Move.JPG
Spencer in May 2011
Born Chaske Spencer
(1975-03-09) March 9, 1975 (age 40)
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA
Occupation actor and producer

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

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 taking lessons from coaches like David Gideon and Ed Kovens. 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.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Skins (film) 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 Sam Uley Movie
2011 Shouting Secrets Wesley Movie
Winter in the Blood Virgil First Raise Movie
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Sam Uley 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


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