James Spader

Biography: James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both of his parents, Todd and Jean, were teachers. Initially, James attended high school at The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts but transferred to Phillips Academy. He dropped out of Phillips Academy in the eleventh grade and moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. He had a variety of jobs before he became an actor. Some of those include being a bus boy, shoveling manure, and teaching Yoga.

His first role in a major motion picture was in the 1986 film, Pretty in Pink and it was a catalyst for his career. He became more successful in the film industry after starring in several of 'The Brat Pack' films as a bad guy during the 1980's. However, he is most well know for playing eccentric characters in films such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Stargate, and Secretary. His most recent role is that of the quirky lawyer, Alan Shore, in David E. Kelly's television series entitled Boston
James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both of his parents, Todd and Jean, were teachers. Initially, James attended high school at The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts but transferred to Phillips Academy. He dropped out of Phillips Academy in the eleventh grade and moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. He had a variety of jobs before he became an actor. Some of those include being a bus boy, shoveling manure, and teaching Yoga.

His first role in a major motion picture was in the 1986 film, Pretty in Pink and it was a catalyst for his career. He became more successful in the film industry after starring in several of 'The Brat Pack' films as a bad guy during the 1980's. However, he is most well know for playing eccentric characters in films such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Stargate, and Secretary.

His most recent role is that of the quirky lawyer, Alan Shore, in David E. Kelly's television series entitled Boston Legal. He played the same role in The Practice which was also created by David E. Kelly. James won an Emmy for his performance as Alan Shore in both series. He is one of two actors to win two Emmys consecutively for the same role but in two different series. The awards he's won include 3 Emmy Awards for his role as Alan Shore. He won the first one in 2004 for playing the role on The Practice. He won the second in 2005 and the third one in 2007 for playing the role on Boston Legal. He also won a Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

James met Victoria Kheel on the set of Sex, Lies, and Videotape, where she was a set designer, and they were married in 1989. They have two sons whose names are Sebastian and Elijah. In 2005, he filed for divorce.

He is acclaimed as one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation. He has appeared in over 43 motion pictures and continues to work in both film and television.
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James Spader's Scores

Average career score: 68
Highest Metascore: 74 The Blacklist: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 62 The Office: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
74 The Blacklist: Season 1 Sep 23, 2013 Raymond "Red" Reddington 7.7
tbd Boston Legal: Season 3 Sep 19, 2006 Alan Shore 8.4
tbd Boston Legal: Season 2 Sep 27, 2005 Alan Shore 8.0
62 The Office: Season 1 Mar 24, 2005 Robert California 8.4
69 Boston Legal: Season 1 Oct 3, 2004 Alan Shore 8.7
tbd The Practice: Season 8 Sep 28, 2003 Alan Shore 9.0
tbd The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Season 1 Sep 8, 2003 Himself 8.0
tbd The Practice: Season 5 Oct 8, 2000 Alan Shore (Season 8) 8.0