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James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989), the action science fiction film Stargate (1994), the controversial psychological thriller Crash (1996), the erotic romance Secretary (2002), and the superhero film Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron
(2015). His best-known television roles are those of attorney Alan Shore
Alan Shore
in The Practice
The Practice
and its spin-off Boston Legal
Boston Legal
(for which he won three Emmy Awards), and Robert California
Robert California
in the comedy-mockumentary The Office. He currently stars as high-profile criminal-turned-FBI-informant Raymond "Red" Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist, for which he has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Spader was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the youngest of three children. His parents, Jean (née Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader, were both teachers.[1][2][3] Spader grew up in a liberal and progressive home, saying regarding his mother and two sisters, “I was always around dominant and influential women, and that left a great impression".[4] During his early education, he attended multiple private schools, including The Pike School, where his mother taught art, and the Brooks School
Brooks School
in North Andover, Massachusetts, where his father taught.[4] He later transferred to Phillips Academy
Phillips Academy
before dropping out at the age of seventeen and moving to New York City
New York City
to pursue his acting career.[5][1] On his way to becoming a full-time actor, Spader undertook jobs such as bartending, teaching yoga, driving a meat truck, loading railroad cars, and being a stable boy.[5] Career[edit]

Spader at the San Diego Comic-Con International
San Diego Comic-Con International
to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Spader's first major film role was in the film Endless Love (1981), and his first starring role was in Tuff Turf (1985). However, he did not rise to stardom until 1986, when he played the rich, arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink. He co-starred in Mannequin (1987) and the film adaptation of Less Than Zero (1987), in which he played a drug dealer named Rip. Supporting roles in films such as Baby Boom (1987) and Wall Street (1987) followed until his breakthrough in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), in which he played a sexual voyeur who complicates the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
residents. For this performance, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.[6] Spader's roles in the early 1990s included a young, affluent widower opposite Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
in the romantic drama White Palace (1990), Rob Lowe in the Noir drama Bad Influence (1990), John Cusack's best friend in the drama True Colors (1991), and a poker-playing drifter in The Music of Chance (1993). In 1994, he starred as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the sci-fi film Stargate. In 1996, he played car accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash and assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley. In 1997, Spader guest starred in the Seinfeld
Seinfeld
episode "The Apology", as an angry recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for making fun of him. In 2000, he played a drug-addicted detective tracking down a serial killer in The Watcher. In 2002, he starred as a sadistic boss in Secretary. From 2004 to 2008, Spader starred as Alan Shore
Alan Shore
in the series Boston Legal, in which he reprised his role from the television series The Practice. Longtime writer-producer David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley
said he received a lot of push back from the powers that be when he first tried to cast Spader in the role."I was told that no one would ever welcome James Spader into their living room," Kelley recalled at a TV Game Changers panel presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. "People will watch him in the movies, but they will never let him in their own home."[7] He won the Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2004 for his portrayal on The Practice
The Practice
and won it again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal.[6][8][9] With the 2005 win, he became one of only a few actors to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two different series. Even rarer, he won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two different series. He also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal
Boston Legal
in 2006.[6] In October 2006, Spader narrated "China Revealed", the first episode of Discovery Channel's documentary series Discovery Atlas. He has also done the voice-over in several television commercials for Acura.[10] He starred in Race, a play written and directed by David Mamet, which opened on December 6, 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
on Broadway.[11] The show closed on August 21, 2010 after 297 performances.[12] In March 2011, he was named to star in the film By Virtue Fall, written and to be directed by Sheldon Turner. As of June 2011[update], the movie was in pre-production.[13] Spader guest starred as Robert California
Robert California
in "Search Committee", the season 7 finale of The Office. On June 27, 2011, it was announced that he would join the cast on a permanent basis.[14] He planned to stay only through the eighth season, and while the original plan was just to do the guest appearance, executive producer Paul Lieberstein said: "those two scenes became a season".[15] Spader stars in the NBC
NBC
series The Blacklist, which premiered on NBC September 23, 2013. He portrays Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. He also played villainous robot Ultron
Ultron
in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron
(2015). Personal life[edit] Spader met his first wife, decorator Victoria Kheel, while working in a yoga studio after he moved to New York City
New York City
in the 1980s. They married in 1987 and have two sons, Sebastian (born 1989) and Elijah (born 1992). Spader filed for divorce from Kheel in 2004. He began dating his former Alien Hunter
Alien Hunter
(2003) co-star, Leslie Stefanson, in 2002;[16] they have one son, Nathaneal (born August 2008).[3] Spader has admitted to having strong obsessive-compulsive issues.[17] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1978 Team-Mates Jimmy

1981 Endless Love Keith Butterfield Credited as Jimmy Spader

1985 Tuff Turf Morgan Hiller

1985 The New Kids Eddie "Dutra" Dutra

1986 Pretty in Pink Steff

1987 Mannequin Richards

1987 Baby Boom Ken Arrenberg

1987 Less Than Zero Rip

1987 Wall Street Roger Barnes

1988 Greasy Lake Digby

1988 Jack's Back John / Rick Westford Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor

1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Graham Dalton Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
— Best Actor Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead

1989 The Rachel Papers Deforest

1990 Bad Influence Michael Boll

1990 White Palace Max Baron

1991 True Colors Tim Gerrity

1992 Storyville Cray Fowler

1992 Bob Roberts Chuck Marlin

1993 The Music of Chance Jack Pozzi

1993 Dream Lover Ray Reardon

1994 Wolf Stewart Swinton Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

1994 Stargate Dr. Daniel Jackson

1996 Crash James Ballard

1996 2 Days in the Valley Lee Woods

1996 Keys to Tulsa Ronnie Stover

1997 Driftwood The Man

1997 Critical Care Dr. Werner Ernst

1998 Curtain Call Stevenson Lowe

2000 Supernova Nick Vanzant

2000 The Watcher Joel Campbell

2000 Slow Burn Marcus

2001 Speaking of Sex Dr. Roger Klink

2002 Secretary E. Edward Grey

2002 The Stickup John Parker

2003 I Witness Douglas Draper

2003 Alien Hunter Julian Rome

2004 Shadow of Fear William Ashbury

2009 Shorts Mr. Black

2012 Lincoln William N. Bilbo Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2014 The Homesman Aloysius Duffy

2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Virtual Performance

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1983 The Family Tree Jake Nichols 6 episodes

1983 Cocaine: One Man's Seduction Buddy Gant Television film

1983 A Killer in the Family Donny Tison Television film

1984 Family Secrets Lowell Everall Television film

1985 Starcrossed Joey Callaghan Television film

1994 Frasier Steven (voice) Episode: "Slow Tango in South Seattle"

1997 Seinfeld Jason "Stanky" Hanky Episode: "The Apology"

2003 The Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg Television film

2003–2004 The Practice Alan Shore 22 episodes Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

2004–2008 Boston Legal Alan Shore 101 episodes Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2005, 2007) Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated— Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated— Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2007, 2008, 2009) Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007, 2008, 2009)

2006 Discovery Atlas Narrator (voice) Episode: "China Revealed"

2011–2012 The Office Robert California 19 episodes Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

2013–present The Blacklist Raymond "Red" Reddington 106 episodes Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2014–15) Nominated— Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by James Spader References[edit]

^ a b Biography.com Editors. " James Spader
James Spader
Biography". The Biography.com website. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved 2 December 2015. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ " James Spader
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Biography (1960–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ a b Goldman, Andres (21 April 2014). "James Spader, the strangest man on TV". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 October 2015.  ^ a b Rebello, Stephen. "PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: JAMES SPADER". Playboy. Retrieved 2 December 2015.  ^ a b " James Spader
James Spader
Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2007-09-23.  ^ a b c "Awards for James Spader". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-09-17.  ^ " David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley
Reveals Why James Spader
James Spader
Almost Didn't Star in 'Boston Legal'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-07.  ^ " James Spader
James Spader
Emmy Award
Emmy Award
Winner". Emmys.com.  ^ James Spader
James Spader
at the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
Database ^ Greenberg, Karl (2006-10-13). " Acura
Acura
Targets 'Alpha' Driver In New Ads". Marketing Daily. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29.  ^ "New York Production Listings". Backstage. 24 June 2009.  ^ " James Spader
James Spader
Rips Into Mamet's 'Race'". The New York Times. May 12, 2009.  ^ "James Spader, Carla Gugino, Ryan Phillippe Join Cast of 'By Virtue Fall'". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ "This Side of the Truth". RickyGervais.com.  ^ Elavsky, Cindy (2012-03-16). "Celebrity Extra". Downriver Sunday Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23.  ^ " James Spader
James Spader
Plans to Wed Again". Contact Music. 2005-12-29. Retrieved 2007-09-17.  ^ "James Spader: The Strangest Man on TV". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 

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Cannes Film Festival
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1946-1975

Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1946) Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1949) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1951) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1952) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1953) Spencer Tracy/cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) John Kitzmiller
John Kitzmiller
(1957) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1958) Bradford Dillman/Dean Stockwell/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1959) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
(1961) Dean Stockwell/Jason Robards/Ralph Richardson/ Murray Melvin
Murray Melvin
(1962) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1963) Antal Páger/ Saro Urzì
Saro Urzì
(1964) Terence Stamp
Terence Stamp
(1965) Per Oscarsson
Per Oscarsson
(1966) Oded Kotler
Oded Kotler
(1967) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(1969) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1970) Riccardo Cucciolla
Riccardo Cucciolla
(1971) Jean Yanne (1972) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
(1975)

1976-2000

José Luis Gómez
José Luis Gómez
(1976) Fernando Rey
Fernando Rey
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1979) Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
(1980) Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(1981) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1982) Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1983) Alfredo Landa/ Francisco Rabal
Francisco Rabal
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Michel Blanc/ Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1987) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(1988) James Spader
James Spader
(1989) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1990) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1991) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Ge You (1994) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1995) Pascal Duquenne/ Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1996) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1997) Peter Mullan
Peter Mullan
(1998) Emmanuel Schotte (1999) Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Tony Leung Chiu-wai
(2000)

2001-present

Benoît Magimel
Benoît Magimel
(2001) Olivier Gourmet
Olivier Gourmet
(2002) Muzaffer Ozdemir/Emin Toprak (2003) Yūya Yagira (2004) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(2005) Jamel Debbouze/Samy Naceri/Roschdy Zem/Sami Bouajila/Bernard Blancan (2006) Konstantin Lavronenko (2007) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Javier Bardem/ Elio Germano
Elio Germano
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Vincent Lindon
Vincent Lindon
(2015) Shahab Hosseini
Shahab Hosseini
(2016) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2017)

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Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Robert Young (1956) Robert Young (1957) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1959) Robert Stack
Robert Stack
(1960) Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
(1961) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1962) E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
(1963) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1966) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1967) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1968) Carl Betz
Carl Betz
(1969) Robert Young (1970) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) Richard Thomas (1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake (1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1976) James Garner
James Garner
(1977) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1978) Ron Leibman (1979) Ed Asner
Ed Asner
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) Daniel J. Travanti (1982) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1985) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1986) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(1987) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1988) Carroll O'Connor
Carroll O'Connor
(1989) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1990) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1991) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1992) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
(1995) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1996) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1997) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(1998) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1999) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2000) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(2003) James Spader
James Spader
(2004) James Spader
James Spader
(2005) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2006) James Spader
James Spader
(2007) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2008) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2009) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2010) Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Rami Malek
Rami Malek
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy

John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1996) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(1997) Drew Carey
Drew Carey
(1998) Jay Mohr
Jay Mohr
(1999) Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz
(2000) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2001) Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac
(2002) Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac
(2003) Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman
(2004) Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman
(2005) James Spader
James Spader
(2006) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
(2007) Justin Kirk
Justin Kirk
(2008) Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison
(2009) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2010) Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
(2011) Johnny Galecki
Johnny Galecki
(2012) John Goodman
John Goodman
(2013) Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambor
(2014) Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambor
(2015) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2016) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2017)

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