Aries Spears (born April 3, 1975) is an American actor and comedian. Spears was one of three black actors in season three of FOX's sketch comedy series MADtv and was also one of the most experienced actors on the show.
Aries Spears (born on April 3, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) was a child comedic prodigy at the young age of 14. Spears started doing his own comedy routine around his hometown. Spears' first television appearance was cable's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, followed by It's Showtime at the Apollo (1987). He moved to Los Angeles in 1992, landed a recurring role on A Different World (1987) and became a regular at The Comedy Store, The Improv and The Laugh Factory. His additional television credits include Crosstown Traffic, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993) and Soul Train.
By the age of 17, he landed a part in the movie Malcolm X. Shortly thereafter, Spears was cast in a starring role opposite Glenn Frey in South of Sunset (1993). Spears' other movies included Home of Angels (1994), starring Abe Vigoda, Sherman Hemsley and Joe Frazier. Spears also appeared in The Pest (1997) opposite John Leguizamo, Jerry Maguire (1996), and Out-of-Sync (1995).
Aries Spears joined the cast of MADtv during the 3rd season, and left at the end of the 10th season. During his stay, he created memorable characters, such as comedienne Belma Buttons (co-host of fictional BET show "Reality Check"), Dollar Bill Montgomery (a host of an urban parody of Politically Incorrect called "Real **********ing Talk with Dollar Bill Montgomery"), and James Brown Jr. (co-host of Cabana Chat).
But he became famous for the most imitations of African American celebrities, political figures, athletes, rappers, R&B singers, and reporters. His most memorable impersonations included , Bill Cosby, Bobby Brown, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Evander Holyfield, Jesse Jackson, Kevin Eubanks, LL Cool J, Magic Johnson, MC Hammer, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Queen Latifah, Shaquille O'Neal, Sisqo, Wayne Brady, Jay-Z
Spears recently appeared on a season 2 episode of Mind of Mencia, which parodied Jamie Foxx's role in Kanye West's music video for Gold Digger. He also appeared in the 2007 movie Hood of Horror.
Spears can also be found in The Underground (TV series).