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 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.