Eddie Spears Biography
Edward Spears (Edward “Eddie” Spears) is a Native American actor. He is famously known for his appearance in the movie, Longmire. He began is acting career at a very young age of 10. His first role was in TNT’s production of Geronimo, which was shot in Arizona.
He also voiced the character of tribal elder Grey Beaver in the 2018 animated film, White Fang. In addition, Spears played the popular Joseph Black Moon from Season 1 to Season 2 of AMC’s television series, Hell On Wheels.
Spears revealed that his most rewarding role to date was Shane Chasing Horse in the film Dreamkeeper. When cast for the lead in the 2004 film Black Cloud, he trained for three months with boxing trainer Jimmy Gambia. This was to perfect his boxing skills before filming started.
The film is about a Navajo boxer training for the Golden Gloves with the promise of a spot at the Olympics while struggling with the secrets of his family’s past. One of the scenes was filmed in Las Vegas during the 2003 Golden Gloves National Championship.
Besides that, in 2005, Spears and his brother Michael modeled for Cochiti Pueblo fashion designer Virgil Ortiz for his “Indigene” clothing line. They were featured on the cover of the August 2005 issue of New Mexico Magazine.
Eddie Spears Age
Eddie Spears was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota, United States of America. He was born on 29th November 1982. His current age is 36 years old as of 2018.
Eddie Spears Height
Eddie Spears is quite a tall and handsome guy in the film industry. He has a height of 6″ 1″, that is approximately 1.85 m. His physique makes him attractive and admirable by all especially ladies.
Eddie Spears Net Worth
Eddie Spears main source of income is from his acting career. Having made his debut at the age of 10, he has appeared in various films. He has also voiced a number of films including White Fang.
His annual salary is approximated to range between $ 50,000 and $ 70,000. He is gradually gaining popularity among his fans. His estimated net worth is around $ 500,000.
Eddie Spears Family | Michael Spears
Spears was born and raised in Chamberlain, South Dakota on the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation. He is the son of Pat Spears. He has five brothers and one sister. His older brother Michael Spears is also an actor. Spears grew up on the Lower Brulé Indian Reservation until the first grade.
Later on, his family moved to Pierre, South Dakota. They moved again to Aberdeen, South Dakota where he grew up. He attended Simmons Middle School and Aberdeen Central High School.
Eddie Spears Movies | Eddie Spears Movies And Tv Shows | Eddie Spears Longmire
- 1993 Geronimo
- 1998 The Witness
- 2002 The Slaughter Rule
- 2003 Edge of America
- 2004 Black Cloud
- 2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
- 2008 Comanche Moon
- 2011 The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy
- 2011-2012 Hell On Wheels
- 2013 We The People
- 2014 Sleepy Hollow
- 2015 Bone Tomahawk
- 2017 Longmire
- 2018 White Fang
Eddie Spears Interview
Q: Your character survived another season. Do you think you would have lasted as long as Joseph in Hell on Wheels?
Eddie Spears: I’m glad he’s lasted this long! He’s a character that I want the audience to root for and relate to, so I’m glad that Joseph’s surviving and leaving the audience curious about what’s going to happen next.
Q: What did you think of your character’s decision to go back over to the Cheyenne — and the particular act that motivated it?
Eddie Spears: Once he got his heart broken and he didn’t have any business in Hell in Wheels, I think it was inevitable that he was going to turn back to his people, or at least turn back to his way of life, of living on his own and living off the land.
Q: Your character kills his adopted father, Reverend Cole. Tell me about shooting that scene…
Eddie Spears: It was difficult because the weekend before we shot that scene, I lost my father… so there was a lot of emotion brought up and I just used it for the character. It was tough. I hated to see Tom [Noonan] go. I really looked up to him as an actor, and he was one of my father’s favorite characters.
Q: You’re Lakota. Did you consult with the crew to make sure Joseph’s return to native life seemed authentic?
Eddie Spears: Yeah, and I want to make it believable as well. When I showed up to wardrobe on the first day after Joseph goes back to being Native, I was like, “Um, I don’t think he would have this because where would he could get this?” And my loin cloth was a little too small and things like that. I asked for stuff like a trade cloth and a shirt and some beavers.
Just the stuff that was close to him, stuff that he already had, stuff that his father gave to him like his knife. He didn’t have a lot of time to get feathers and a lot of other things that the other Natives had because of being caught between both worlds, so I thought that his regalia would reflect that. Where would he even get leather, unless he had time to kill animals and scrape hides?
Q: Last season you said that your family liked the way Hell on Wheels portrays the clash between whites and Indians. How have they responded to Season 2?
Eddie Spears: They like the transition, Joseph going back to his people. My mother was like, “I like that you’re going back. And I like your costume too. It looks good.” [Laughs] My brother wouldn’t let me live it down when my opening scene was a love-making scene. They were giving me a hard time about it, but they liked it. They felt like it was the only innocent relationship that was going on. They were heartbroken when Ruth turned down Joseph.
Q: Joseph faces new prejudice in Hell on Wheels when people find out about him and Ruth. Have you ever dealt with that in your own life?
Eddie Spears: There were fights in school when I had long hair. I got teased and called a girl. But you get through that, and it’s just ignorance I think. And then later on I became friends with those kids that were starting those rumbles.
Q: You’re a pro at riding horses and shooting bows and arrows. Do any of your co-stars ever ask for assistance on their stunts?
Eddie Spears: Some people think that all Indians are amazing horsemen. There’s a lot of great riders on the show and you don’t have to tell them anything, but there were other riders that were falling off or getting bucked off or getting scared. You have to show your horse what he needs to do, so then he’ll do it for you. And don’t be afraid to hang on!
Q: You started your career at the age of ten. What initially attracted you to acting?
Eddie Spears: My brother Michael was already in movies, and I loved being on set and riding horses and seeing people get shot off horses. I was like, “I want to do that!” But then once I got my first speaking role, I was bit by the acting bug. I wanted to break the mold and have an actual Native American playing a Native American, and show my friends and family and other Natives out there that you should pursue your dream.
Q: What would you like to do next?
Eddie Spears: I want to produce and direct. I’ve been writing, and have a few scripts in the same genre that I want to do. I like Westerns and horrors and mystical movies with creatures and magic and stuff like that because there is a lot about Native folklore that people don’t know that I would like to share with the world.