James Spader

Actor, Soda jerk, Truck driver
Actor James Spader was known for playing intriguing deviants in a number of acclaimed independent films in the 1980s and 1990s before his magic touch with morally ambiguous outsiders found its way to television on ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Actor (58)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)


The Blacklist 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2012, 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)


Avengers: Age Of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

Ultron (Voice)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

Aloysius Duffy (Actor)

The Stick Up 2014 (Movie)


The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)


Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

W.N. Bilbo (Actor)

The Office 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


The Practice 2003 - 2004, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Boston Legal 2004 - 2009 (TV Show)


Shorts 2009 (Movie)

Mr Black (Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Shadow of Fear 2007 (Movie)


The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


I Witness 2002 (Movie)

Draper (Actor)

Secretary 2002 (Movie)

Mr. Grey (Actor)

Slow Burn 2000 (Movie)


Speaking of Sex 2000 (Movie)

Dr. Roger Klink (Actor)

Supernova 2000 (Movie)

Nick Vanzant (Actor)

The Watcher 2000 (Movie)

Campbell (Actor)

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

Stewanson Lowe (Actor)

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Dr Werner Ernst (Actor)

Driftwood 1997 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Keys to Tulsa 1997 (Movie)

Ronnie Stover (Actor)

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Lee Woods (Actor)

Crash 1996 (Movie)

James Ballard (Actor)

Dream Lover 1994 (Movie)

Ray Reardon (Actor)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

Dr Daniel Jackson (Actor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Stewart Swinton (Actor)

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

Jack Pozzi (Actor)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

News Anchor Chuck Marin (Actor)

Storyville 1992 (Movie)

Cray Fowler (Actor)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

Tim Garrity (Actor)

Bad Influence 1990 (Movie)

Michael Boll (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Max Baron (Actor)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

Graham Dalton (Actor)

The Rachel Papers 1989 (Movie)

DeForest (Actor)

Jack's Back 1988 (Movie)

John/Rick Wesford (Actor)

Baby Boom 1987 (Movie)

Ken Arrenberg (Actor)

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

Rip (Actor)

Mannequin 1987 (Movie)

Richards (Actor)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

Roger Barnes (Actor)

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

Steff (Actor)

Tuff Turf 1985 (Movie)

Morgan Hiller (Actor)

Diner 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Family Secrets 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


The New Kids 1984 (Movie)

Dutra (Actor)

The Family Tree 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

Keith Butterfield (Actor)

A Killer in the Family (TV Show)


Alien Hunter (TV Show)


Starcrossed (TV Show)


The Pentagon Papers (TV Show)



Actor James Spader was known for playing intriguing deviants in a number of acclaimed independent films in the 1980s and 1990s before his magic touch with morally ambiguous outsiders found its way to television on "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08). Spader began his career playing a series of unsympathetic yuppie types in the era of the shamelessly wealthy, then put films like "Wall Street" (1987) and "Less Than Zero" (1987) behind him in favor of exploring man's attraction to danger - often sexual - in acclaimed indie films like "sex, lies, and videotape" (1989), "Crash" (1996) and "Secretary" (2002). In 2003, he was handpicked to shake things up on David E. Kelley's stale law drama, "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), before being given a starring role as lawyer of questionable ethics in the spin-off, "Boston Legal," for which he earned several Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. By the time he joined the cast of "The Office" (NBC, 2005-2013) in 2011, Spader was firmly established as a credible lead in television and on film, capably performing in just about any role that came his way. His starring role on the thriller series "The Blacklist" (NBC 2013- ), playing master manipulator "Red" Reddington, perfectly encapsulated his ability to make unpleasant characters fascinating.


Born Aug. 31, 2008; mother, Leslie Stefanson

Lee Kheel


Victoria Spader Set Decorator

Met while working in a NYC yoga studio in the 1980s Married 1987 She was the set decorator for "sex, lies, and videotape" (1989), which starred him Divorced 2004

Todd Spader


Jean Spader


Elijah Spader

Born 1992; mother, Victoria Spader

Sebastian Spader

Born 1989; mother, Victoria Spader

Leslie Stefanson Actor

Engaged 2008


Michael Chekhov School

New York, New York

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover, Massachusetts
Dropped out in the eleventh grade to pursue acting



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

Bonus Trivia


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


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