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Marcel Spears and Cedric the Entertainer on the set of The Neighborhood
Marcel Spears and Cedric the Entertainer in The Neighborhood. Pic credit: CBS.

Marcel Spears is grateful for the opportunities he has received and appreciates being called an “overnight sensation.”

Since graduating from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Spears made a name for himself in many stage productions, followed by his television debut in the comedy, The Mayor.

Now, he is starring alongside Cedric the Entertainer as family man Calvin Butler in the CBS comedy, The Neighborhood.

The show is all about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to an L.A. neighborhood where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his outgoing demeanor.

Spears plays his chipper younger son, Marty, who lives next door to his parents with his unemployed older brother Malcolm (Sheaun McKinney).

The cast is rounded out by their mom, Tina (Tichina Arnold), and neighbors Gemma Johnson (Beth Behrs), and her husband Dave (Max Greenfield).

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