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James Todd Spader is an American actor

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BirthdayFebruary 7, 1960
NationalityAmerican
FamousMillionaires, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateBoston, Massachusetts
SpousesLeslie Stefanson
Known asJames Todd Spader, Jimmy Spader, Jimmy
Childrens Elijah Spader, Nathaneal Spader, Sebastian Spader
Universities
  • Phillips Academy
  • Brooks School
  • The Pike School
Birth PlaceBoston, U.S.
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherStoddard Greenwood Spader
MotherJean Fraser Spader
Net Worth$10 million as of Nov 14,2016
Sun SignAquarius
Born inBoston, U.S.
Famous asActor

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Who is James Spader?

James Todd Spader is an American actor who has excelled in portraying some of the most off-beat roles including eccentric, villainous and smarmier characters in both films and television. Although he has worked in several films including ‘Endless Love’, ‘Mannequin’, ‘Less Than Zero’ and ‘Wall Street’, his breakthrough came with the film ’Sex, Lies and Videotape’. He portrayed the character of Graham Dalton, a sexual voyeur in the film which made him a house-hold name and fetched him the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’. His acting career in both films and television span over three decades. Some of his remarkable films include ‘Stargate’ a science fiction, ‘Crash’ a psychological thriller and ‘Secretary’ an erotic romantic film. His role of attorney Alan Shore in the television series ‘The Practice’ is counted as one of his best works in television. He received the ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ and also the ‘Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy’ for it. Some of his other noted roles in television includes that of Robert California in ‘The Office’, and Raymond "Red" Reddington in ‘The Blacklist’. The latest superhero blockbuster, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ saw him playing Ultron, the villain.

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Childhood & Early Life

James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader and Jean Spader as their third child and the only son.

Both his parents were teachers. He studied in ‘The Pike School’ where his mother was an art teacher and also in ‘Brooks School’ where his father was a teacher.

He later joined the ‘Philips Academy’ but left it in the eleventh grade. Though his family line included professors and scholars, his contrasting interest in acting made him forego his formal education and enrol in New York’s ‘Michael Chekhov School’ to pursue acting.

During his training in ‘Michael Chekhov School’, he supported himself by doing various jobs including being a busboy, a yoga instructor, a railroad car loader and a truck driver before coming into full-time acting.

Career

Though his first film was ‘Team-Mates’ (released in 1978), ‘Endless Love’ (released in 1981) is considered his first major film where he played a vital role of Keith Butterfield.

In 1983, he began his television career with ‘The Family Tree’ and went on to work in several other series.

His film career continued with ‘Cocaine: One Man's Seduction’ (1983), ‘A Killer in the Family’ (1983), ‘Family Secrets’ (1984), ‘The New Kids’ (1985) and ‘Starcrossed’ (1985). His first film with a starring role was ‘Turf Turf’ (released in 1985).

Even though he had done several films, he rose to stardom with his 1986 film ‘Pretty in Pink’ where he essayed the character of Steff, a wealthy and arrogant playboy.

In 1987, four of his films namely ‘Mannequin’, ‘Less Than Zero’, ‘Baby Boom’ and ‘Wall Street’ were released. The last two films saw him in supporting roles.

His ‘Greasy Lake’ and ‘Jack’s Back’ were released in 1988 but the real breakthrough came with the 1989 released ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’ where he essayed the role of Graham Dalton, a sexual voyeur. The film won him the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’.

His versatility is reflected in the different roles he played with élan. Some of the characters he played during the 1990s include that of an affluent widower in ‘White Palace’ (1990), a poker-playing drifter in ‘The Music of Chance’ (1993) and an Egyptologist in ‘Stargate’ (1994). He acted as a car accident fetishist in the 1996 released controversial Canadian psychological thriller, ‘Crash’.

He appeared as a guest artist in the 1997 ‘Seinfeld’ episode, ‘The Apology’.

In 2000, his film ‘The Watcher’ portrayed him as a drug-addicted detective in search of a serial killer.

He played the role of a sadistic boss in the 2002 released ‘Secretary’. The film received critical acclaim. His other films in 2000’s include ‘Supernova’ (2000), ‘Speaking of Sex’ (2001), ‘The Stickup’ (2002), ‘The Pentagon Papers’ (2003) and ‘Shorts’ (2009) among others.

He played Alan Shore in the television series ‘The Practice’ from 2003 to 2004 and reprised the role in ‘Boston Legal’ from 2004 to 2008. He won the ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ for the role in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The role also won him the ‘Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy’ in 2006.

In October 2006, he appeared as narrator of ‘China Revealed’ in the first episode of ‘Discovery Atlas’ a documentary series aired on ‘Discovery Channel’.

He has lent his voice for ‘Acura’ in several of its television commercials.

James Spader acted in the play ‘Race’ which was written and directed by David Mamet. The play was opened on Broadway’s ‘Ethel Barrymore Theatre’ on December 6, 2009 and after completing 297 shows closed on August 21, 2010.

From 2011 to 2012 he played Robert California, a less-than-ethical salesman for the series ‘The Office’ and was nominated for ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’.

In 2012, he essayed the character of W. N. Bilbo in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Lincoln’. The cast of the biographical drama includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Day-Lewis. He was nominated for ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ for his role.

From 2013 till now he stars as one of FBI's most wanted fugitives Raymond "Red" Reddington in the NBC series ‘The Blacklist’. The show became a huge hit. In 2014-15 he was nominated for the role in the ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama’.

He played Ultron a villainous robot in the 2015 superhero action blockbuster film ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Personal Life & Legacy

James Todd Spader married Victoria Kheel in 1987 whom he met at a yoga studio while working there as a yoga instructor. The couple has two sons - Elijah and Sebastian. The filed for divorce in 2004.

He began dating Leslie Stefanson in 2002. Their son Nathaneal was born in August 2008.

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James Spader awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

2007Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesBoston Legal (2004)
2005Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesBoston Legal (2004)
2004Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)

James Spader biography timelines

  • // 7th Feb 1960
    James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader and Jean Spader as their third child and the only son.
  • // 1978 To 1981
    Though his first film was ‘Team-Mates’ (released in 1978), ‘Endless Love’ (released in 1981) is considered his first major film where he played a vital role of Keith Butterfield.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, he began his television career with ‘The Family Tree’ and went on to work in several other series.
  • // 1986
    Even though he had done several films, he rose to stardom with his 1986 film ‘Pretty in Pink’ where he essayed the character of Steff, a wealthy and arrogant playboy.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, four of his films namely ‘Mannequin’, ‘Less Than Zero’, ‘Baby Boom’ and ‘Wall Street’ were released. The last two films saw him in supporting roles.
  • // 1987 To 2004
    James Todd Spader married Victoria Kheel in 1987 whom he met at a yoga studio while working there as a yoga instructor. The couple has two sons - Elijah and Sebastian. The filed for divorce in 2004.
  • // 1988 To 1989
    His ‘Greasy Lake’ and ‘Jack’s Back’ were released in 1988 but the real breakthrough came with the 1989 released ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’ where he essayed the role of Graham Dalton, a sexual voyeur. The film won him the ‘Best Actor Award’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival’.
  • // 1997
    He appeared as a guest artist in the 1997 ‘Seinfeld’ episode, ‘The Apology’.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, his film ‘The Watcher’ portrayed him as a drug-addicted detective in search of a serial killer.
  • // 2002 To Aug 2008
    He began dating Leslie Stefanson in 2002. Their son Nathaneal was born in August 2008.
  • // Oct 2006
    In October 2006, he appeared as narrator of ‘China Revealed’ in the first episode of ‘Discovery Atlas’ a documentary series aired on ‘Discovery Channel’.
  • // 6th Dec 2009 To 21st Aug 2010
    James Spader acted in the play ‘Race’ which was written and directed by David Mamet. The play was opened on Broadway’s ‘Ethel Barrymore Theatre’ on December 6, 2009 and after completing 297 shows closed on August 21, 2010.
  • // 2011 To 2012
    From 2011 to 2012 he played Robert California, a less-than-ethical salesman for the series ‘The Office’ and was nominated for ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he essayed the character of W. N. Bilbo in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Lincoln’. The cast of the biographical drama includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Day-Lewis. He was nominated for ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ for his role.
  • // 2013 To 2014
    From 2013 till now he stars as one of FBI's most wanted fugitives Raymond "Red" Reddington in the NBC series ‘The Blacklist’. The show became a huge hit. In 2014-15 he was nominated for the role in the ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama’.
  • // 2015
    He played Ultron a villainous robot in the 2015 superhero action blockbuster film ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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James Spader's FAQ

  • What is James Spader birthday?

    James Spader was born at 1960-02-07

  • Where is James Spader's birth place?

    James Spader was born in Boston, U.S.

  • What is James Spader nationalities?

    James Spader's nationalities is American

  • Who is James Spader spouses?

    James Spader's spouses is Leslie Stefanson

  • Who is James Spader childrens?

    James Spader's childrens is Elijah Spader, Nathaneal Spader, Sebastian Spader

  • What was James Spader universities?

    James Spader studied at Phillips Academy, Brooks School, The Pike School

  • How tall is James Spader?

    James Spader's height is 178

  • Who is James Spader's father?

    James Spader's father is Stoddard Greenwood Spader

  • Who is James Spader's mother?

    James Spader's mother is Jean Fraser Spader

  • What is James Spader's sun sign?

    James Spader is Aquarius

  • How famous is James Spader?

    James Spader is famouse as Actor