Spencer Treat Clark
September 24, 1987
New York, New York, United States
A successful child actor who managed to transition to a wide range of adult roles, Spencer Treat Clark is best known for his supporting parts in major Hollywood films released around the turn of the 21st century. The Northeast native had a number of television roles, including a stint on the soap "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999), before his 10th birthday, and soon graduated to feature films, making his movie debut as the son of Jeff Bridges' character in the tense drama "Arlington Road" (1999). The following year, Clark had notable parts in the Oscar-conquering period film "Gladiator" and the enigmatic thriller "Unbreakable." Aside from an appearance in the lauded crime drama "Mystic River" (2003), he largely focused on his studies while in his teens, eventually resurfacing prominently in the horror remake "The Last House on the Left" (2009). Clark made a few TV guest appearances before firmly reestablishing himself as a screen presence in Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" (2012).A New Yorker by birth, Spencer Treat Clark grew up in nearby Connecticut along with his older sister, Eliza, who would go on to become an actress and screenwriter. With his delicate features, freckles, and mop of brown hair, the endearing Clark easily appealed to producers when he began auditioning, and he soon won small parts on TV, including a recurring role on the long-running soap opera "Another World." In 1999, he made his first feature appearance in the slow-burning thriller "Arlington Road," sharing scenes with Jeff Bridges as his single dad, and he also turned up briefly in another twisty crime drama, "Double Jeopardy." Subsequently, Clark was cast in Ridley Scott's sword-and-sandal epic, "Gladiator," playing Lucius, the nephew of the none-too-doting Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). Before the hit film could even rack up its various awards, including five Oscars, Clark portrayed the sensitive son of Bruce Willis' mysteriously indestructible father in M. Night Shyamalan's moody superhero movie "Unbreakable."After these major productions, Clark steered clear of screen acting for a while and attended the prestigious Taft School as a teen. He returned to Hollywood briefly for a crucial supporting part in the star-studded crime drama "Mystic River" (2003), featuring Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon, and later appeared in a few little-seen indie films, including Bacon's directorial effort "Loverboy" (2005). In 2009, Clark finally returned to high-profile productions, joining the cast of the brutal revenge thriller "The Last House on the Left," along with Aaron Paul and Garret Dillahunt. Following guest spots on major TV dramas such as "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-16) and "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012), he became a part of the Joss Whedon fold when the adored writer/director selected him to play Borachio in his post-"Avengers" project, a playful adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" (2012), which also featured fan-favorite actors such as Clark Gregg and Nathan Fillion. Clark later starred in the indie thriller "Deep Dark Canyon" (2013) and stuck with grittier material for a featured part in "The Last Exorcism Part II" (2013).