Doug Spearman was born in Washington, D.C.. to Claude and Doris Spearman. By the way, Doug is not his first name. That's a secret. And he hates being called by it – he also is not a big fan of Douglas "too formal" or Dougy and especially Dougy-fresh. FYI.
He had, can't say that he completely enjoyed, a typical American suburban childhood in Hyattsville, Maryland. Being more inclined to watch musicals than sports he figured out pretty early on he was different that the other boys. Not that it bothered him, it was just something to notice. His parents encouraged or rather allowed him to grow up without spoiling either sex or religion for him. No one ever told Doug he was going to hell for being gay or that God hated him for anything.
The one place his parents put their foot down was on his ambitions to take to the stage. Or worse, Hollywood. From the moment he could turn on a television by himself, he's been enthralled by movies, television series (particularly detective stories), and plays. When he was four his mother sent him to see the Nutcracker performed live. He came home that day, according to family lore, grabbed her by the hand sat her on the living-room sofa and proceeded to re-dance the entire ballet for her; which proved to be telling to his mother on so many levels.
When it came time for him to choose a college and choose a major his parents steered him away from drama school in Chicago toward Indiana University. He, being crafty, got around their restrictions by double majoring in Telecom and Theater and minoring in Art History.
It all paid off in the end. He's constantly enjoyed a long and successful career as a television creative director, writer, and twice-Emmy nominated producer and commercial director. As a producer and director he's worked for NBC, ABC, and CBS, BET, and UPN, the Disney Channel, and E! Entertainment Television. He's launched several networks including UPN, SoapNet, and LOGO. His awards include a BPME silver medal and a New England Ad Age Best of Award.
As a director he's had the opportunity to direct such talented actors as William Shatner, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, Dixie Carter, Martin Sheen, and Candice Bergen to name a few.
On stage Doug has starred in such productions as the American premiere of the British drama, The Ice Pick at the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles, the Men's Room, Moscow, The Bullpen Boys, A Few Good Men, and the world premiere of the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory's production of The Hollow Lands, by Howard Corder. On television Doug starred as Professor Chance Counter in the ground breaking television series Noah's Arc on LOGO and the feature film of the same name.
His career highlights also include work on such television shows as StarTrek Voyager, The Drew Carey Show, Charmed, The Hughleys, America's Most Wanted, Gideon's Crossing, MAD TV, Girlfriends, and the motion picture Cradle 2 The Grave with Jet Li and DMX. Currently he's recurring in the hilarious web series Old Dogs, New Tricks.
In 2006, Doug created a television and film development and production company called The Ogden Group Entertainment. That year Doug also produced and directed his first documentary – "Aretha" on the life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin which aired in January of 2007. In 2009 the Director's Guild of America commissioned Doug to write a film entitled "Pirates 3.0". The film was produced Randal Kleiser and directed by Jeremy Kagen and shot entirely on the lot at Warner Brothers. Doug is currently co-writing and directing the web-series soap parody Santa Juanita.
Doug is also a much read and accomplished social commentary writer – having written articles for edweb.com, ABC radio, Frontier's Magazine, Germany's MANNER, The Advocate, and dot429.com.
His community involvement includes working for the HRC, GLADD, The Black AIDS Institute, SMYLE in Washington, D.C., Lifeworks Mentoring in West Hollywood, Outfest and serving on the Board of Directors of Equality California, The Relational Center in Los Angeles, and The Celebration Theater in Hollywood.
Doug has been honored with many awards including a Leadership Award by the Human Rights Campaign which was presented before the United States Senate, The Connie Norman Award from C.S.W. for for outstanding achievement in fostering racial, ethnic, religious and gender unity within the LGBT community, The Advocacy Award from the United Teachers Association and an Image Award from the Jordan Rustin Coalition in Los Angeles.
Doug is also a proud and sore member of the Gay Polo League and the Bel Air Polo clubs. So far he's managed to only fall off twice. Bravo, Doug!