Shifting from the Big Screen to the Indian Reservation... and Back
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 Spielbergs 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.