Michael Spears (born December 28, 1977) is an American actor.
Spears was born in Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota to Native American parents and lived there until he was in fifth grade. He is a member of the Sicangu Lakota (often called "Sioux") Lower Brule Tribe of South Dakota.
Spears's film credits include a major role as the character Dog Star in the 2005 Steven Spielberg-produced cable mini-series, Into the West, which aired on TNT.
His debut role as the child character Otter, in the Academy-Award-winning 1990 film Dances with Wolves, also earned him national notice at thirteen years old. By the age of 17, Spears had acted in both TV and film with other actors, including Kevin Costner, Jimmy Smits and Kim Delaney. His younger brother Eddie is also an actor, with both movie and TV credits.
Spears is an accomplished hand drum player and singer, often performing at native American "pow-wow" gatherings and in non-tribal venues (he was the opening act for Rita Coolidge and Friends at her 2005 concert in Great Falls, Montana). Michael often travels as a celebrity speaker concentrating on inspirational and educational topics including sustainable energy, and mentors youth in South Dakota. He works with his father and brother as part of the Inter-Tribal Group, whose goal is to encourage creation of "natural" sustainable energy sources.
He can speak Lakota but is not fluent. Michael first learned from his father and grandfather, and is continuing to learn. During the filming of Into the West he (and the other actors) had lessons from a linguist.
In 2007 he was preparing for the release of the movie, Imprint, in which he portrays Tom Grey Horse, a tribal police officer. Also in 2007 he filmed a movie Shadowheart, the cast also includes William Sadler, Christian Fortune, and Devin Brochu, with Angus MacFadyen, which was released on August 4, 2009.
As per an article in Distinctly Montana, dated Fall 2006, Michael’s “love in his life is an Italian-American beauty with just a hint of Dine Cherokee” – they are not married and have 2 sons together. He has 2 other children- Jasmin and Noah from previous relationships,but their mother’s identity is not given.
Tribute for Michael Spears
Tribute to his inspirational career.. A big thank you to him for letting his fans see his heart and hearing his voice. 3.
Official Behind the Scenes of Yellow Rock (Michael Spears and the Black Paw Village)
Michael Spears, "Broken Wing" and our Native American consultant, took a moment after a large dance celebration scene, to talk to our Behind the Scenes crew....
eddie and michael spears
eddie and michael spears.
A collection of Michael pix with some eddie thrown in as well.
Michael & Eddie Spears in Guns, Girls, & Gambling
This is Eddie & Michael Spears' brief scene in Guns, Girls and Gambling. I posted this video as fan promotion, please buy this DVD if you are a Michael or Ed...
Inspirational Michael Spears
Michael Spears inspires me. How he still fights for the Native American people and show them that we are all one. How he shows us that we are all from the sa...
Michael Spears - See you again!
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~ Michael Spears ~
Michael is one of the many 'Gods' in the Native community. So here is an Awsome Slide Show for you! Enjoy, Rate, Comment, Subscribe!
Cowboys and Indians
Cowboys and Indians
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:26:15 -0700
C&I: We understand that Lakota brothers Eddie and Michael Spears, who you've worked with in the past, presented you with the award. … Studi: The young man who played my son and converted to Christianity on several episodes of the television series ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:41:15 -0700
When students apply for college, administrators check social media and can dis-invite students based on things that they see if they are bad enough. Michael Spears has taught digital seminars where he explains to students the effects of careless posting.
Danbury News Times
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:37:03 -0700
Michael Spears, a 23-year-old Danbury man who the government claims headed the ring along with Patterson, has since pleaded guilty to the drug charges, as have two other co-defendants, Antonio Parker, 18, and Jordano Perdomo, 20. Parker will be ...
Indian Country Today Media Network
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:46:49 -0700
A 2012 blog post at iFanboy.com suggested Michael Spears as the main character Dashiell Bad Horse, and Graham Greene, Irene Bedard, Q'orianka Kilcher and Adam Beach in the other major Native roles. The network that has ordered Scalped is WGN ...
Monroe News Star
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:11:15 -0700
ULM instructor of trumpet, Aaron Witek, will be featured in the “Concerto for Trumpet,” and “Band” by Johann Neruda. Guest conductors for the night include Jason Rinehart and Michael Spears, former director of bands at West Monroe High School. For more ...
Longview Daily News
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:54:56 -0700
Woodland — Jessica Hughes, bachelor of science in nursing, magna cum laude; Cassandra Koering, bachelor of science in psychology; Wendy Roldan, bachelor of arts in business administration, magna cum laude; Michael Spears, bachelor of science in ...
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:30:46 -0700
The shops's 70-year-old owner and sole barber, Steve Petroff, says his decision to retire is based on several factors including medical and financial reasons. FOX8′s Michael Spears learned that after five decades of business, some customers simply won ...
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:31:33 -0700
The cliche flute music when Native American Tenkill (Michael Spears) is telling Pleasant a story under the stars is an eye-roller. I was first deterred by the title, but then I found out that some sales genius thought it would draw viewers if the ...
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