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Chaske Spencer

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Emerging actor and activist Chaske Spencer was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. When he was young, he dreamt of becoming a photographer, and before long he found himself in front of the camera instead, in pursuit of an acting career. Chaske moved to New York City and in between bartending and waiting tables to make a living, he was cast in his very first off off-Broadway play, DRACULA, playing the title role. From there he did a number of New York Theatre pieces, performed at THE PUBLIC THEATRE in NYC and THE ROUNDABOUT and was fortunate enough to be discovered by television/film casting director RENE HAYNES. Rene cast him in his first feature SKINS as well as the lead in DREAMKEEPER and Steven Spielberg’s INTO THE WEST. Rene also cast him in his recent and most buzzworthy role to date, playing SAM ULEY (the leader of the werewolves); in the popular Summit Entertainment TWILIGHT film series sequels: NEW MOON and ECLIPSE, as well as the JUST RELEASED BREAKING DAWN. NEW MOON premiered on November 20, 2009 with record-breaking numbers and ECLIPSE set records as well. . BREAKING DAWN has been split into two parts with the second part set to be released in 2012. Chaske has just completed shooting the new film SHOUTING SECRETS alongside Q'oriaka Kilcher (PRINCESS KUALIANI, NEW WORLD) and is scheduled to film WINTER IN THE BLOOD in Summer 2011 along with his ECLIPSE co-star Julia Jones. With experience both on stage and on screen, Chaske’s credibility as a quality actor stands strong. He is passionate about making a difference with all people in the area of reducing poverty and creating sustainable communities. In fact, he is engaged in several projects to that end. His work as a spokesperson for UNITED GLOBAL SHIFT (unitedglobalshift.org) gives him the opportunity to impact many areas he is committed to shifting (poverty, sustainable communities, global empowerment) Through his personal project BE THE SHIFT, he is shining a spotlight on initiatives designed to create sustainability and prosperity. Chaske recently testified in Washington D.C. on the impact of negative stereotypes on youth. Partnered with his manager JOSSELYNE HERMAN and veteran producer TED KURDYLA, his production company URBAN DREAM is in development on three feature films,THE BLOCK, 6:45 and ROOM OF MY OWN. www.urbandreamrentertainment.com Additionally, Chaske expects to soon be starring in ALL MY RELATIONS-- a role created specifically for him. ALL MY RELATIONS is a contemporary Native project that has been developed for television by producers Rene Haynes and Susan England. From his first acting role as a vampire in DRACULA to his most current role in NEW MOON as the lead werewolf, it seems Chaske Spencer has truly come full circle.

 

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