ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

It's hard to believe that it has already been 15 years since the epic historical drama Gladiator smashed box offices and graced big screens worldwide. Not only was the movie credited with rekindling interest in the Roman past, but also picked up multiple awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.

Before you go on, relive the action-packed extravaganza in the trailer below:

Yet, Crowe was not the only face to gain immense recognition for his participation in the project. Gladiator sky-rocketed a myriad of other cast members further into the limelight, including a young boy called Spencer Treat Clark.

Although the name might not ring a bell, his face certainly will. He played Lucius Verus II, the son of the Roman Empress Lucilla and the nephew of Commodus.

In the role of Lucius, alongside the Empress
In the role of Lucius, alongside the Empress

A young child star

Yet, young Clark got his start early on stage and by the time that he landed the role of Lucius in Ridley Scott's Gladiator in 2000, Spencer had already been in a couple of feature films such as the thriller Arlington Road. This catapulted him even further into the serious movie business.

As Grant Faraday in 'Arlington Road'
As Grant Faraday in 'Arlington Road'

Today, Spencer is 27-years-old and has come very far from the adolescent 12-year-old boy being dressed in Roman tunics and sandals. Just take a look at how gracefully he has matured and grown beautifully into his features - back then he was certainly a good-looking young boy, but now he really is a stunner:

Spencer at 12 and at 27 years of age
Spencer at 12 and at 27 years of age

How did he get to where he is today?

Following Gladiator, he starred in moody superhero movie Unbreakable but then decided to take a break from the big screen, attending a prestigious school before being pulled into Hollywood once again for Mystic River in 2003, alongside Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon.

In 2005, he went on to appear in Bacon's directorial debut of Loverboy before making a more prominent imprint on the acting scene with the remake of The Last House on the Left. Take a look at the trailer here:

Receiving his Bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 2010, Spencer's acting portfolio increased each year.

Not only was he in the modern re-telling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in 2012, but also took a main role in horror flick The Last Exorcism Part II the following year. In 2014, he also played a troubled teen sent to live his estranged father in Druid Peak, which was wonderfully received at many film festivals all over the world.

Recent appearances

Starring alongside Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Dakota Johnson, last month Spencer appeared in dirty cop and drug dealing epic Cymbeline. Get a glimpse of the gritty Shakespeare adaptation here:

Last year, he also graced the big screen in horror flick The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

And this is only the beginning for Spencer's blossoming career as he is set to appear in a number of features in the next couple of years. You will able to catch him in war epic Becker's Farm and The Chronicles of Young Washington.

Spencer keeps a journal for every movie he acts in

In the past, the young actor revealed that since his role in Gladiator, his parents have urged him to keep a journal for every movie he appears in. I bet it would make for a fascinating read, considering that his list of projects under his belt continues to increase and that he has worked with some of the biggest stars in the business.

I mean, c'mon wouldn't you not like to know what Russell Crowe was REALLY like on-set?

Either way, in an industry that often sees young child stars go off acting as they grow up, or embark on a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs to deal with the pressures of being in the spotlight, it is a pleasure to witness one actor progress and see his passion through.

I can't wait to see more of Spencer's work in the future! Can you?


Will you be on the look-out for Spencer in future movies?



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