Actor Chaske Spencer began his acting career in 2002, playing a minor role in the film Skins. He was born in Oklahoma and is of Sioux, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek, French, and Dutch descent. In 1994, he graduated from Clearwater Valley High School and took up acting at the Lewiston Civic Theater.
He continued his education at Lewis Clark State College, but dropped out after a year to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After several odd jobs, he underwent lessons from coaches like David Gideon and Ed Kovens.
Chaske Spencer's other screen credits include the 2003 television movie DreamKeeper and the television miniseries Into the West. A Native American from the Lakota nation, he made his film debut in New Moon, the sequel to the blockbuster flick Twilight. He became a member of the wolf pack, which is portrayed in the original books as Native American. In 2009, he reprised his role as Sam Uley in the sequel, New Moon, as well as in the third installment of the saga, Eclipse.
Chaske is a Native American Indian or First Nation descendant of Lakota (Sioux) Nation.
He shares a house in a Brooklyn, N.Y. neighborhood with Five O'Clock Heroes bass player Adam Morse.
His heroes are The "Champ" ALI, Crazy Horse, Bob Marley, Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, and Lance Armstrong.
His favorite books are The Legend of Crazy Horse, A Spy by Nature, Bright Lights Big City, The Outsiders, All The Pretty Horses, and Scar Tissue.
His favorite movies are With Out Limits, The Dark Knight, Casino Royal, Miami Vice, Raiders of The Lost Ark, Pulp Fiction, (both) Kill Bill, Superbad, Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, I Am Legend, ALI, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
His favorite music artists are Jay Z, Gun n Roses, My Morning Jacket, Miles Davis, Steve Wonder, Kings of Leon, The National, Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Stones, Jane's Addiction, Q Tip, John Legend, The Black Keys, T.I., Mars Volta, Johnny Cash, anything Motown. Ryan Adams.
He enjoys sky diving, new music, film, Native American culture, politics, world issues, travel, books, and people.
He has two younger sisters.
He had to put on 15 pounds of muscle for the film "New Moon".
On preparing for his role in "New Moon" he and the others ate like their characters, fueling up on seven protein meals a day.