A high-energy comedic actor who had hit the big time with regular series work, movie roles and a successful stand-up career before age twenty-five, affable African-American performer Aries Spears started off at age fourteen and has been working hard, climbing the ladder of success ever since. Spears made his TV debut doing stand-up on the popular HBO series "Def Comedy Jam" at age sixteen. The following year he moved to Los Angeles and was cast in a small role as a thug, making his feature film debut in the comedy "Home of Angels" (1993). In 1993, Spears was featured in episodes of the NBC sitcom "A Different World," hardly old enough himself to attend the college at which the show was set. He was next cast as Glenn Frey's apprentice sleuth in the short-lived detective series "South of Sunset" (1993-1994, aired on NBC and VH1).
Spears would next be known for taking a particularly stinging smack from Regina King while playing Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brother in the Cameron Crowe comedy "Jerry Maguire" (1996). That same year he began voicing characters on "C-Bear and Jamal," a Fox animated series featuring an inner-city protagonist, In 1997, Spears joined forces with John Leguizamo, another veritable whirlwind of comedic energy, for the feature "The Pest." 1997 also marked the beginning of Spears' run on the Fox sketch comedy series "Mad TV," a showcase for the performer's talent that would prove his skills and further his career considerably. His impersonations of such celebrities as Eddie Murphy, Tito Jackson, and most memorably James Brown added significantly to the show's appeal.
While starring on "Mad TV," Spears continued to work in film. In 1998, he was given the opportunity to play one of his own idols when he was cast as legendary comic Redd Foxx in the Frankie Lymon biopic "Why Do Fools Fall in Love." In 2001 he got laughs as "The Other Carson Daly" (as opposed to the white-bread host of MTV's teen scream-fest "TRL") in "Josie and the Pussycats" and co-starred in the college comedy "Higher Ed" as a chronic pot smoker who has a bad influence on his roommate (rapper-turned-actor Pras), a former burnout trying hard to be studios.
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Began performing stand-up routines locally at age 14 (date approximate)
Made TV debut as stand-up comedian on "Def Comedy Jam" (HBO) at age 16
Moved to Los Angeles, CA at age 17
Made feature debut in comedy "Home of Angels"
Cast as regular on short-lived detective series "South of Sunset" (aired on CBS and VH1)
Acted on episodes of NBC sitcom "A Different World"
Guest starred on episode of "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (Fox)
Lent voice to Fox animated series "C-Bear and Jamal"
Played the brother of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character in Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire"
Featured in comedy "The Pest"
Joined cast as regular on Fox sketch comedy series "Mad TV"
Played legendary comic Redd Foxx in Frankie Lymon biopic "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"
Played a dope-addled long-term college student in stoner comedy "Higher Ed"
Voiced several characters on animated series "The Proud Family" (Disney Channel)
Featured as "the Other Carson Daly" in comedy remake "Josie and the Pussycats"
Cast opposite Martin Short in "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood"
Played various characters on Showtime comedy series "The Underground"
Guest starred on "CSI: Miami" (CBS)
Executive produced and starred in Showtime comedy special "Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling"
Appeared in the comedy "Promoted."