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Eddie Spears (born November 29, 1982) is an American actor. He is a member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate Lakota (often called "Sioux") Lower Brulé Tribe of South Dakota.

He has five brothers and one sister. His older brother MichaelSpears is also an actor.

Spears has been in the spotlight since age 10, starting with his first role in TNT's production of ''Geronimo''. It was shot in Arizona.

According to him, his most rewarding role to date was Shane Chasing Horse in ''Dreamkeeper''.

When he was cast for the lead in ''BlackCloud'', directed by Rick Schroder, Spears trained for three months with legendary boxing trainer Jimmy Gambia to perfect his boxing skills before filming started. The story 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 heritage. One of the scenes was filmed in Las Vegas during the 2003 Golden Gloves National Championship.

He attended and was a mentor at the 2nd annual 'Hatch' audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana in October 2005. 'Hatch' is a film and arts festival whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.

He can speak Lakota, but has admitted that he is not fluent. He is an avid outdoorsman with hunting, fishing, archery and rodeo experience. Eddie can dance both the traditional and grass ceremonies of the Lakota. He also travels nationally as a keynote speaker.

!! Filmography associated with Eddie Spears:
* ''HellOnWheels'' (2011-2012)
* ''ComancheMoon'' (2008)
* ''BuryMyHeartAtWoundedKnee'' (2007)
* ''IntoTheWest'' (2005)
* ''BlackCloud'' (2004)
* ''EdgeOfAmerica'' (2003)
* ''{{Dreamkeeper}}'' (2003)
* ''TheSlaughterRule'' (2002)
* ''{{Geronimo}}'' (1993)

!! Tropes associated with Eddie Spears:
* AmericanAccents: Slightly. Of the Upper Midwest variety.
* {{Archery}}: Has shot bow and arrow for most of his life.
* DawsonCasting: Played the older brother to Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley from ''{{Twilight}}'') in ''IntoTheWest'' who is actually eight years older than him.
* DyeingForYourArt: Cut his hair for the role in HellOnWheels. Prior to that he had never cut his hair.
* FakeNationality: May be due in part to the overwhelming underrepresentation of Native Actors in contemporary media. He has portrayed the epynomous ''BlackCloud'' who is from the Navajo Nation, Quannah Parker in ''ComancheMoon'' who is [[CaptainObvious Commanche]], and a young Apache in the tv film ''{{Geronimo}}.'' He also currently portrays Joseph Blackmoon who is Cheyenne in HellOnWheels. Eddie Spears, however, is Lakota.
* GreenAesop: Was in a video promoting ''Native Wind'' which was formed to protect the environment and promote the welfare of Native Americans by facilitating the development of wind power and other renewable energy resources on tribal lands.
* {{Hunk}}: Complete with a cleft chin.
* ImportantHaircut: His character Joseph Blackmoon does this. In real life he did this as well which was meaninful in that he has never cut his hair prior to that.
* ManlyMenCanHunt: Apparently loves hunting and fishing.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He is down to earth and takes great interest in giving back to his community.
* PlayingAgainstType: His role as Joseph Blackmoon in HellOnWheels. He even lampshades this:
--> "You know, mostly it seems like I'm always playing a pissed off Indian, but Joseph has a lot of character and a lot of places to go. Indians normally play the victims -- but Joseph gets everybody to root for him, and I like that about it."
* RealLifeRelative: In ''IntoTheWest'' he plays Red Lance, the grandson of Dog Star who prior to being [[TimeshiftedActor aged]] was played by his brother, MichaelSpears.
* ShirtlessScene: Has had a few in the course of his career. [[MrFanservice Quite a few...]]
* ShownTheirWork: For his role of Quanah Parker in ''ComancheMoon'' he did A LOT of research despite the role being so small.
* StarMakingRole: His role as Shane Chasing Horse in ''{{Dreamkeeper}}''
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Stands a 6' 1".
* ThoseTwoActors: Overlaps a few movies with his [[MichaelSpears older brother]].
* ThoseTwoGuys: Though they have not shared too many films together when a film stars them it will be advertised as "Starring the Spears Brothers."
** Any Blog that dedicates a post to one inevitably does the same for the other.
* TrainingFromHell: Perhaps not from hell but he did spend several months training with Jimmy Gambia for his starring role in BlackCloud. Eddie actually lived with him during that time and in addition to his training learned about proper eating habits. It could not have been that easy.
* TrueCompanions: Has stated that he feels this way about the cast members of ''HellOnWheels''
* TypeCasting: Many of the characters he has portrayed are [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys rebellious]], [[TroubledButCute angry]], and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold aggressive]]. HellOnWheels was a welcome change for him as he was able to actually break out of that kind of role.
* UnskilledButStrong: In the director's commentary of ''BlackCloud'' Ricky Schroder pointed out in the first fight scene that Eddie was strong enough to lift him off the ground and fling him around as though he weighed nothing. This was prior to Eddie's training with Jimmy Gambia.