CHASKE SPENCER

As a Native American actor, Chaske Spencer (pronounced Chess-kay) strongly identifies with his Lakota Sioux tribe growing up on reservations in Montana and Idaho. Breaking the mold by being both musician and athlete, Chaske is skilled in singing, playing bass and drum and Native American dancing, as well as football, track and horseback riding.

With a strong interest in photography, Chaske first imagined his career behind the camera but soon found himself in front of the camera acting. As a teen, Chaske acted at the Lewiston Civic Theatre. He later studied theatre at Montana School of the Arts and Lewis & Clark State College, and worked with acting coaches like David Gideon and Ed Kovens. Moving to New York City to fuel his acting career, Chaske played Dracula off-Broadway and various roles in The Roundabout and The Public Theatre.

It was in New York that casting director Rene Haynes discovered Chaske and cast him in his first feature film, Skins (2002). This led to the actor’s lead roles in Dreamkeeper and Into the West by Steven Speilberg. Haynes also cast Chaske in the role for which he is best known, Sam Uley of the werewolf pack in The Twilight Saga.

Chaske’s TV career took off with his role on Cinemax’s Banshee as Deputy Billy Raven and has since been seen in Longmire, Sneaky Pete and One Life To Live.

In his downtime, Chaske loves road trips with friends and loud music.