James Spader is a popular American actor. He was born on February 7, 1960 at Boston, Massachusetts to Jean and Stoddard Greenwood Spader. In his early life, he studied at The Pike School, where his mother is teaching Art and he also went to the Brooks School, where his father is also teaching at North Andover in Massachusetts. Later, he moved to Phillips Academy but the actor drops out as he reached the 11th grade to study acting at New York’s Michael Chekhov School.
James started acting on his first major film role as Keith Butterfield in the 1981 romantic drama film,
which stars Brooke Shields and . He did his first starring film as Morgan Hiller in the drama film, Turf Turf in 1985. But he did not rose to fame until he bagged the role of Steff McKee, a rich and conceited playboy in the romantic comedy film, Pretty in Pink. James also acted as Mr. Richards in the fantasy film, Mannequin in 1987 and later co-starred in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel, Less Than Zero. He did a supporting role as Ken Arrenberg in the comedy film, Baby Boom and as Roger Barnes in the drama film, Wall Street. He was starred as Graham Dalton in the independent drama film, Sex, Lies and Videotape. James got the Best Actor Award in Cannes Film Festival for his appearance in the film.
In the early 90’s, James acted as Max Baron in the romantic drama film, White Palace opposite with
. He was John Cusack’s best friend in the 1991 drama film, True Colors. In 1993, he was starred as Jack Pozzi, a poker player in the drama film, The Music of Chance under the direction of Philip Haas. In year 1994, James was also starred in the popular science fiction film, Stargate as Dr. Daniel Jackson, a professor who have accepted that his theory about the Great Pyramid of Giza was not constructed by the 4th Dynasty pharaohs. In 1996, he was featured as James Ballard in the box-office Canadian-British thriller film, Crash and as Lee Woods, a hitman in the film, 2 Days in the Valley. Later, the actor made a guest appearance in an episode of Seinfield entitled, The Apology. In year 2000, James bagged the role of Joel Campbell, a retired FBI special agent in The Watcher. James played the main lead as E. Edward Grey in the critically acclaimed erotic romance film, Secretary in 2002.
James acted in the legal dramedy series, Boston Legal from year 2004 to 2008. He reprised his role as Alan Shore in the legal drama series,
. James won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award in the 2004 Emmy Award for doing his role in The Practice. He won the same award in year 2005 and 2007 for his role as Alan Shore in Boston Legal. James also received the Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical in the Satellite Award for his outstanding performance in Boston Legal in year 2006.
James also narrated China Revealed, the very 1st episode of the series, Discovery Atlas which was aired on Discovery Channel in October 2006. He also worked as a voice-over in various TV commercials for the vehicle brand, Acura. James was also part of the David Mamet’s play entitled, Race which was held at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre. He was also part of Sheldon Turner’s By Virtue Fall in 2011.
James also made a guest appearance as Robert California in the Season 7 of the comedy series, The Office. He was later announced to be part of the show permanently. In 2013, the Marvel Studios broadcasted that James will be part of the 2015’s superhero film, Avengers: Age of Ultron. He played as the heinous robot named, Ultron. At present, James was starred as Raymond Reddington, a fugitive in the crime drama series, The Blacklist.
James got married to Victoria Kheel in 1987 and got divorced in year 2004.