Michael Chekhov School
Phillips Andover Academy
Played the lead villain in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"
Stars on the crime drama series "The Blacklist"
Played political operative W.N. Bilbo opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
Guest-starred as Robert California on the final episode of season 7 of "The Office" (NBC)
After much speculation as to who would replace Steve Carell, joined cast of "The Office" (NBC) as series regular, reprising his role of Robert California; announced he was leaving the show in 2012
Made Broadway debut in David Mamet's "Race" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Narrated "China Revealed," the first episode of Discovery Channel's documentary series "Discovery Atlas"
Reprised role of attorney Alan Shore for "The Practice" spinoff "Boston Legal" (ABC); received Golden Globe (2005) and SAG (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and Emmy (2008) nominations for Actor in a Drama Series
Joined the cast of "The Practice" (ABC) as attorney Alan Shore
Starred as Maggie Gyllenhaal's sadomasochistic boss in the critically acclaimed "Secretary"
Appeared with Minnie Driver and Josh Brolin in "Slow Burn" (filmed 1998)
Appeared with Keanu Reeves in "The Watcher," playing a former FBI agent who returns to search for a serial killer
Featured in "Supernova"; director Walter Hill took his name off the troubled project (was credited as Thomas Lee)
Portrayed an unethical resident physician in Sidney Lumet's "Critical Care"
Played car fetishist James Ballard in David Cronenberg's controversial "Crash"
Cast as assassin Lee Woods in the ensemble feature "2 Days in the Valley"
Featured as Jack Nicholson's friend turned enemy in Mike Nichols' "Wolf"
Cast as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the blockbuster hit "Stargate"
Had a memorable role as a hot-headed young gambler in Phillip Haas' "The Music of Chance"
Played the lead role in Mark Frost's "Storyville"
Played John Cusack's moral best friend in "True Colors"
Played a young, affluent widower opposite Susan Sarandon in "White Palace"
Breakthrough film role was playing a sexual voyeur in Steven Soderbergh's "sex, lies, and videotape," for which he was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival
Played a loathsome drug dealer named Rip in "Less Than Zero," based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
Played Blane's (Andrew McCarthy) rakish friend Steff in "Pretty in Pink"; scripted by John Hughes
Acted in the feature "Tuff Turf"
Appeared in the TV-movie, "Cocaine: One Man's Seduction" (NBC)
TV acting debut, playing Fenwick (role originated by Kevin Bacon in the feature) on the unsold CBS pilot "Diner"
Landed his first major film role as Brooke Shields' brother in "Endless Love"
Moved to NYC in the late 1970s, and performed in several off-Broadway stage productions with the Actors Studio
Held a variety of jobs before pursuing acting full-time, including yoga instructor, busboy, truck driver, stable boy, amusement park worker, and railroad car loader
With regard to the impact of "sex, lies and videotape" on his career: "Well, to put this in perspective, I should say that at the time it started to acquire a great deal of attention, I was entering rehearsals on 'Bad Influence,' and my wife was entering the last term of her pregnancy. My life was extremely chaotic anyway. Basically, the way it's affected my life is that different people have started to take notice of my work who took no notice of it before – at least in my perception." – Spader to The New York Times, Aug. 18, 1989
On working in Brat Pack-era movies [i.e., "Pretty in Pink" and "Less Than Zero"]: "There was a sort of club. There were a whole bunch of young actors who were all sort of leads in these films, but I was pretty removed from that. I didn't live in L.A. I was living in New York. I was a hired gun during the period; I was never a member of the club." – Spader quoted in Premiere Magazine, January 1997