James Spader

Mostly Credited As: James Spader
Birth Name: James Todd Spader
Date Of Birth: February 07, 1960 (Age 56)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

James Spader

James Spader was born in Boston, Massachusetts, as James Todd Spader, on February 7, 1960. Both of his parents were teachers, and made sure he was getting a solid education. They sent him to the Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass, until he dropped out and moved to New York to become an actor. While in New York, he did odd jobs to support himself, and to pay for his training at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio.
Spader has always been open about his motivation for his roles: money. Even so, his films have carried themes through the decades. In the eighties, he was cast as the sleazy, villainous type in films like ’Pretty in Pink’ and ’Less than Zero’. Through the nineties, his roles turned more sexually oriented. ’Sex Lies and Videotape’ earned him a Best Actor award, followed by others like ’Crash’ and ‘Secretary’. The Turn of the century brought him into the dramatic world of the court system. One character, Alan Shore, won him three Emmys across two different shows, ’The Practice’ and ’Boston Legal’. In 2013, he took the role as ‘Red’ Reddington, on The Blacklist. The show uses the culmination of traits that he’s developed over his career to put together a very meticulously calculated, sadistic villain with an underlying “something” that makes you wonder.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Blacklist (2013)As: Raymond "Red" Reddington
Boston Legal (2004)As: Alan Shore
The Practice (1997)As: Alan Shore (S08)
The Family Tree (1983)As: Jake Nichols
Episode Cast Credits 

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  James Spader, Jenna Fischer, Gad Elmaleh, Josh Freese 03x10: (Jan/19/2016) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  James Spader, Jane Krakowski, the Wombats, Jack Antonoff 02x53: (Apr/27/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  James Spader, Rachel Dratch, La Roux 01x108: (Oct/06/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  April 14, 2015 01x248: (Apr/14/2015) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  James Spader, Margot Robbie, Tobias Jesso Jr. 02x33: (Feb/26/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  James Spader 01x128: (Sep/19/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  James Spader, Kermit the Frog, Black 47 01x21: (Mar/17/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 181 63x181: (Sep/22/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly (1983) 
  James Spader, Jim Caviezel, Mary Lambert 33x16: (Sep/22/2014) As Himself 
  Guest co-host Janelle Wang; James Spader; Dr. Melina Jampolis 27x252: (Aug/18/2009) As Himself 
  James Spader 24x44: (Nov/03/2005) As Himself 
  Jason Alexander/James Spader 23x190: (May/27/2005) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  James Spader, guest co-host Jason Biggs 17x16: (Sep/30/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Season 16, Episode 52 16x52: (Nov/14/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Guest co-host Sherri Shepherd, James Spader, Jim Gaffigan 10x56: (Nov/21/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Season 8, Episode 24 08x24: (Sep/30/2004) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  James Spader, Lior Suchard, Far East Movement 21x39: (Feb/11/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  James Spader, Lara Logan, Steve Byrne 16x21: (Oct/15/2007) As Himself 
  Tom Green, Ciara & Petey Pablo 13x15: (Oct/08/2004) As Himself 

Anderson Live (2011) 
  Co-Host NeNe Leakes | James Spader 02x50: (Nov/19/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  James Spader, Cynthia Littleton 08x179: (Nov/16/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  James Spader, Cathy Ladman, Laura Izibor 05x158: (Sep/29/2009) As Himself 
  James Spader 05x130: (Jul/30/2009) As Himself 

The Office (US) (2005) 
  Search Committee (Part 2) 07x26: (May/19/2011) As Robert California 
  Search Committee (Part 1) 07x25: (May/19/2011) As Robert California 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  James Spader, Jack MacBrayer, Mat Kearney 01x33: (Jul/22/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 59th Annual Emmy Awards 59x01: (Sep/16/2007) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for 'Boston Legal') 
  The 57th Annual Emmy Awards 57x01: (Sep/18/2005) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for 'Boston Legal') 
  The 56th Annual Emmy Awards 56x01: (Sep/19/2004) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (for 'The Practice') 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  James Spader, Amy Sedaris, Robyn Hitchcock 14x41: (Nov/21/2006) As Himself 
  James Spader, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Plant 12x122: (May/13/2005) As Himself 
  James Spader, Amy Poehler, Kenny Hotz & Spencer Rice 12x19: (Sep/30/2004) As Himself 
  James Spader, Ruben Studdard, Kenny Chesney 11x76: (Feb/19/2004) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  James Spader, Rascal Flatts, Chi-Lan Lieu 04x32: (Oct/17/2006) As Himself 
  James Spader, Jennifer Finnigan 03x120: (Mar/06/2006) As Himself 
  James Spader/Debbie Reynolds 02x39: (Oct/28/2004) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  James Spader, Ima Robot 03x22: (Feb/25/2004) As Himself 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  James Spader 08x148: (Nov/19/2003) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Seinfeld (1989) 
  The Apology 09x09: (Dec/11/1997) As Jason "Stanky" Hanky 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Glenn Close, James Spader, Robbie Robertson 02x48: (Nov/10/1994) As Himself 

Frasier (1993) 
  Slow Tango in South Seattle 02x01: (Sep/20/1994) Voiced  Steven 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

The Blacklist (2013)• Co-Executive Producer

Episode Crew


James has two children from his first wife: Sebastian and Elijah

Prefers to be called Jimmy

He declined to reprise his "Stargate" role, Dr. Daniel Jackson, in the spin-off series "Stargate SG-1". He was succeeded in the role by Michael Shanks.

Has won two emmys. First was for playing the role of Alan Shore in ABC's The Practice, and the second for playing the same character in the spin-off series Boston Legal. He thus became one of the few actors to win an emmy for playing the same character in an original series and a spin-off series.

He was married to Victoria Spader from 1987 until their divorce in 2004.

He is a fan of Bob Dylan and great admirer of Charles Laughton.

In the late Eighties was known as a member of a group of actors called 'The Brat Pack'

Has one son with his long time girlfriend, Leslie Stefanson

Due to his poor eyesight, he often can't see the faces of his co stars, unless he is wearing his glasses.

Accepted his return to 'The Office' because he wanted to be able to afford to work on 'Lincoln'.

James Spader Quotes
If I don't need the money, I don't work. I'm going to spend time with my family and friends, and I'm going to travel and read and listen to music and try to learn a little bit more about how to be a human being, as opposed to learning how to be somebody else.

Sometimes with people their work is the most important thing to them, and sometimes the work enables you to do other things that are more important to you. I probably am closer to that.