James Spader Biography
James Todd Spader, an American actor and producer, is professionally known as James Spader. He was born on the 7th of February, 1960 in Boston Massachusetts.
Spader is an accomplished actor who has enjoyed an impressive career. He is famous for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, the action science fiction film Stargate in 1994, the controversial psychological thriller Crash in 1996, and the erotic romance Secretary in 2002.
James Spader Profile Summary
Celebrated Name: James Spader, Jimmy Spader, Jimmy
Full Name: James Todd Spader
James Spader Age: 62 years old ( as of 2022)
Birth Date: 7 February 1960
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 1.78 m (5ft 10 inches)
Marital Status: Divorced
Wife: Victoria Spader (m. 1987–2004)
Children: Sebastian Spader, Elijah Spader, Nathaneal Spader
Profession: American actor, producer
Net Worth: $25 million
Years active: 1978–present
Partner: Leslie Stefanson (2002–present)
Parents: Stoddard Greenwood Spader, Jean Fraser Spader
Siblings: Libby Spader, Annie Spader
Early life and Educational Background
Spader was born on February 7th, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the youngest of three children. His parents, Jean (née Fraser) and Stoddard (“Todd”) Greenwood Spader, were both teachers.
He has two older sisters, Libby Spader and Annie Spader.
Spader grew up in a progressive home surrounded by “dominant and influential women … that left a great impression”. During his early education, he attended multiple private schools, including The Pike School, where his mother taught art, and the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, where his father taught.
He later transferred to Phillips Academy in Andover, with director Peter Sellers, where he befriended former President’s son John F. Kennedy, Jr., before dropping out at the age of seventeen in eleventh grade and moving to New York City to pursue his acting career. On his way to becoming While trying to break through into the entertainment industry, and become a full-time actor, Spader undertook jobs such as bartending, teaching yoga, driving a meat truck, loading railroad cars, and being a stable boy.
Though many of his family members were professors and scholars, his contrasting interest in acting made him forego his formal education and enroll at New York’s ‘Michael Chekhov School’ to pursue acting.
Spader’s first major film role was in the film Endless Love (1981) although his first film was ‘Team-Mates’ (1978).
In 1983, he began his television career with ‘The Family Tree’ and went on to work in several other series.
His film and television career continued with projects, such as ‘Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction’ (1983), ‘A Killer in the Family’ (1983), ‘Family Secrets’ (1984), ‘The New Kids’ (1985), and ‘Starcrossed’ (1985).
However, his first starring role was in Tuff Turf (1985). He rose to stardom in 1986, when he played the rich, arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink an American romantic comedy film about love and social cliques in American high schools in the 1980s. He co-starred in Mannequin (1987) and the film adaptation of Less Than Zero (1987), in which he played a drug dealer named Rip.
Supporting roles in films such as Baby Boom (1987) and Wall Street (1987). His films ‘Greasy Lake’ and ‘Jack’s Back’which were released in 1988, followed until his breakthrough in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), in which he played a sexual voyeur who complicates the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana residents. For this performance, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film received top ratings from critics and grossed over $36 million worldwide despite opening with a limited release.
Spader’s roles in the early 1990s included a young, affluent widower opposite Susan Sarandon in the romantic drama White Palace (1990), a yuppie who meets the mysterious Rob Lowe in the Noir drama Bad Influence (1990), John Cusack’s best friend in the drama True Colors (1991), and a poker-playing drifter in The Music of Chance (1993).
In 1994 he starred as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the sci-fi film Stargate. In 1996 he played car accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash and assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley.
In 1997 Spader guest starred in the Seinfeld episode “The Apology”, as an angry recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for making fun of him. In 2000 he played a drug-addicted detective tracking down a serial killer in The Watcher. In 2002 he starred as a sadomasochistic boss in Secretary. His other films in the 2000s include ‘Supernova’ (2000), ‘Speaking of Sex’ (2001), ‘The Stickup’ (2002), ‘The Pentagon Papers’ (2003), and ‘Shorts’ (2009).
From 2004 to 2008 Spader starred as Alan Shore in the series Boston Legal, in which he reprised his role from the television series The Practice (2002). Longtime writer-producer David E. Kelley said of the resistance when he first tried to cast Spader in the role, “I was told that no one would ever welcome James Spader into their living room.” Kelley said at a TV Game Changers interview, “People will watch him in the movies, but they will never let him in their own home.”
He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2004 for his portrayal on The Practice and won it again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal. With the 2005 win, he became one of only a few actors to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two series. Even rarer, he won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two series. He also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006.
In October 2006, Spader narrated “China Revealed”, the first episode of Discovery Channel’s documentary series Discovery Atlas.
He has also done the voice-over in several television commercials for Acura. He starred in Race, a play written and directed by David Mamet, which opened on December 6, 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. The show closed on August 21, 2010, after 297 performances.
Spader guest starred as Robert California in “Search Committee”, the season 7 finale of The Office. On June 27, 2011, it was announced that he would join the cast on a permanent basis in the eight season.He planned to stay only through the eighth season, and while the original plan was just to do the guest appearance, executive producer Paul Lieberstein said: “those two scenes became a season”.In 2012, he essayed the character of ‘W. N. Bilbo’ in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Lincoln.’
Spader stars in the NBC series The Blacklist, which premiered on NBC September 23, 2013. He portrays Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives.
Initially, Spader was paid $160,000 per episode of The Blacklist, although this number was later increased to $300,000 per episode. He also played villainous robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
James Spader Age
Spader is 62 years old. He was born on the 7th of February 1960.
James Spader Height
Spader stands at 5ft 10inches (1.78m, 178cm)
James Spader Net Worth
As of March 2022, James Spader has an estimated net worth of more than $25 million. He made this fortune by appearing in many television series and films.
He has appeared in a total of 101 episodes of ‘Boston Legal’ and has been successfully appearing in ‘The Blacklist’ since 2013. In 2006, James Spader became the narrator of the documentary ‘Discovery Atlas’ on the Discovery Channel. Spader is known to charge $125,000 for appearing in a single episode.
Spader is considered one of the most popular actors in the world.
Spader met his first wife, decorator Victoria Kheel, while working in a yoga studio after he moved to New York City in the 1980s. They married in 1987 and had two sons, Sebastian, born 1989 and Elijah, born 1992.
Spader filed for divorce from Kheel in 2004. He began dating his former Alien Hunter (2003) co-star, Leslie Stefanson, in 2002; they have one son, Nathaneal (born August 2008).
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014, Spader revealed he suffers from obsessive–compulsive disorder(OCD).
Spader accepts he can be quite difficult to work with, because his “strong obsessive-compulsive issues” make him very particular on film and TV sets.
The former Boston Legal star, who is now enjoying success on U.S. TV thriller The Blacklist, admits he relies on “a certain routine” and that can prove difficult as he’s preparing for a scene. He told Rolling Stone magazine, “It’s very hard for me… It makes you very addictive in behavior, because routine and ritual become entrenched. But in work, it manifests in obsessive attention to detail, and fixation. It serves my work very well – things don’t slip by. But I’m not very easygoing.”
Spader is a sixth-generation descendant of Connecticut politician Seth P. Beers.
Awards won by James Spader
2016 BTVA People’s Choice
2013 COFCA Award
2013 SEFCA Award
2012 BFCC Award
2012 NFCS Award
2012 SEFCA Award
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards
2006 Satellite Award
2005 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards
1989 Cannes film festival Award
FAQ’S about James Spader
1.Is James Spader’s still married?
Spader was married to Victoria Kheel but the divorced in 2004
2.Who is Spader’s partner?
Spader’s partner is Leslie Stephason, they started dating in 2002 after meeting on set.
3.What Nationality is James Spader?
Spader’s Nationality is American
4.Did Spader and William Shatner get along?
One thing that came from the show “Blacklist” is the friendship between Spader and Shatner his co-star.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Shadow of Fear
The Pentagon Papers
Speaking of Sex
It All Came True
Keys to Tulsa
2 Days in the Valley
The Music of Chance
The Rachel Paper
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Less Than Zero
Pretty in Pink
The New Kids
A Killer in the Family
Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction
The Family Tree
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Live with Kelly and Ryan
Made in Hollywood
Good Morning America
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Blacklist: Are You on the Blacklist?
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Late Night with Conan O’Brien
The Reichen Show
Last Call with Carson Daly
The Daily Show
Cinema 3 1996
Late Show with David Letterman
CBS This Morning
Edición Especial Coleccionist
Scenes from the Round table
Cinema 3 2007
Retrosexual: The 80’s
The Making of ‘Stargate’
Master of Desaster: Roland Emmerich