The arrival of Rick’s group into Alexandria resulted in Spencer losing his brother, then his father, and ultimately his mother, Deanna. He believes if Rick had not led the charge to kill the Saviors at the compound, maybe there could have been a deal to be made instead of bloodshed. Spencer tries to do the right thing, while trying to find the reconciliation between the safety Rick’s group brought and the destruction Rick’s group brought as well. Always a touch on the opportunistic side, Spencer continues to take the path of least resistance.
Prior to The Walking Dead, Austin Nichols appeared in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Glory Road, opposite Josh Lucas and Derek Luke; Twentieth Century Fox’s hit film The Day After Tomorrow, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal; Universal’s Wimbledon, opposite Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany; and independent films The Informers, from acclaimed author Bret Easton Ellis; Beautiful Boy, starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello; and Parkland, the story of JFK's assassination and the lives surrounding those involved.
Austin recently recurred on Ray Donovan and his other past television credits include One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, and HBO’s John from Cincinnati.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Nichols moved to Los Angeles to study creative writing at USC. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English while simultaneously pursuing a career in acting. Nichols got his start with roles on HBO’s Six Feet Under and David Milch’s Deadwood.
In addition to acting and writing, Nichols comes from an impressive athletic background. He was ranked 3rd in the world in water skiing and won the Pan American championship in 1997.