When first glancing at Lester Speight, the first thought that comes to mind is, ‘this guy is not to be messed with’; but on the contrary – he’s just the opposite. Lester Speight, who is 6’5” and clocks in around 285 lbs., quickly turns the attention away from his size once he flashes that million-dollar smile. “It’s funny, my size gives off the wrong impression to people, but they quickly learn I’m not the neighborhood bully, but the neighborhood “Super Hero” laughs Speight.
Speight who hails from Baltimore, MD, has been defending one thing or another most of his life. During his college years, Speight was a Division I All-American Linebacker for Morgan State University and later went on to sign with the Baltimore Stars of the USFL. After the Stars, Speight continued his sports career and began a professional wrestling career, where he was known to fans as ‘Rasta the Voodoo Man.’
“Speight has appeared on TV shows like, "Homicide: Life on the Street " HBO "The Corner" in his Baltimore City roots. It didn’t take long for Speight to get his feet wet in the industry. He immediately traveled to the west coast to journey into a full-time acting career.” Speight’s landed roles in a variety of television shows upon arriving in Los Angeles, including,"Walker, Texas Ranger" "18 Wheels of Justice," "Ladies Man," "Three Sisters," "That's My Bush," “Arli$$”, “The Young and the Restless”, “NYPD Blue” and “Malcolm in the Middle” to name a few. Early on, his feature films included, "Meteor Man," director Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday,” “The Replacements,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted.”
Since then, with a body of work that spans over two decades, the opportunity came up for Speight to play "Hardcore Eddie" in Paramount Studio’s, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" or TF3, directed by Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg. TF3 went on to be the box office juggernaut that it is. TF3: “Dark of the Moon” has now surpassed "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" to become the fourth highest grossing movie of all-times grossing worldwide over $1 billion. Lester kicked off 2009 with 5 major movie roles including "Something Like a Business" starred opposite Kevin Hart, "Peep World" and WWE "Knucklehead" 2010, he starred opposite Dwayne Johnson in the role of ‘Baphomet’ in the thrill feature, “Faster”. But Speight’s breakout role that he is most known for is the Reebok Super Bowl commercial as the hard-hitting office linebacker Terry Tate, the overly aggressive employee who makes it his job to keep office employees in order. To date, that commercial is still the number #1 rated Super Bowl spot of all-time by "Sports Illustrated" who feature Speight in a February
2013 Super Bowl Special Edition “The 8 Debate Greatest Super Bowl Commercial Terry Tate, Office Linebacker Reebok 2003 voted #1, "you know you need a cover sheet on your TPS reports Richard." Tate bellows. "that ain't new, baby! Soon after Speight turned a guest starring spot into two seasons, as ‘Calvin’ on “My Wife and Kids”, starring opposite Damon Wayans. His recent TV and film credits have included appearances on “Prison Break”, “Numb3rs”, and “Bones”, He also landed a lead role in the 2007 “Norbit” starring opposite Eddie Murphy as ‘Blue Lattimore’ one of Rasputia's three brothers. Then came “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” and “Finding Amada”. Fans can catch Speight in the role of ‘Hugh’ on Warner Brothers webisode, “Rockville CA.”
If Speight’s acting career isn’t enough to keep him busy, he has also taken on the project as the voice of ‘Augustus Cole’ in Xbox 360 video games, “Gears of War 1” and “Gears of War 2”. In 2007, he won the G-Phoria Award for Best Voice Over Actor. Speight follow "Gears of War 3 success by launching his 4th installment releasing "Gears of War: Judgement in 2013.” The entire franchise broke $1 billion in lifetime sales. All four games feature Lester's outstanding voice over acting. To Lester's ever growing body of work, he now wears the hat of executive producer, with two smash hit short films, "Police Guys" winners of Action on Film International Film Festival USA, which Lester was nominated AOF/WAB Award: ‘Best Villain.’ "Police Guys” also won for Outstanding Cast Performance AOF. Who can't forget Director Adam Shankman’s "Dragula" 2013.
Definitely a force to be reckoned with, Lester is now conquering the Comedy World with his style of Stand-Up Comedy. One could say he is succeeding and he’s doing it with style, with grace and not to mention size.