James Spader

Biography: In the '80s, Spader made his name playing a string of memorable big-screen baddies, from scummy rich kids (Pretty in Pink) to scheming yuppies (Wall Street). But sex, lies and videotape, which capitalized on his pretty-boy looks and offbeat sexuality, turned him into a leading man. Although he never lacked for work, his career never quite took off, and Spader languished in substandard fare throughout most of the '90s. But his kinky turn as an S&M obsessed lawyer in 2002's Secretary reminded Hollywood what he was capable of and the next year he found his greatest success to date as an ethically challenged lawyer on the final season of The Practice and its 2004 spin-off Boston Legal. Off screen, Spader has very poor eyesight and cannot tolerate contact lenses, so many of his characters wear glasses.

James Spader's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 53
Highest Metascore: 86 Lincoln
Lowest Metascore: 19 Supernova
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
22 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
66 Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1, 2015 Ultron / Ultron 7.0
68 The Homesman Nov 14, 2014 Aloysius Duffy / Aloysius Duffy 6.6
86 Lincoln Nov 9, 2012 W.N. Bilbo / WN Bilbo 7.5
53 Shorts Aug 21, 2009 Mr. Black / Mr. Black tbd
63 Secretary Sep 20, 2002 Mr. Grey 6.7
22 The Watcher Sep 8, 2000 Campbell / Campbell 8.2
19 Supernova Jan 14, 2000 Nick Vanzant 5.6
50 Crash Mar 21, 1997 James Ballard 2.7
42 Stargate Oct 28, 1994 Dr. Daniel Jackson 7.6
62 Dream Lover May 6, 1994 Ray / Ray tbd
70 Bob Roberts Sep 4, 1992 Chuck Marlin / Chuck Marlin 1.6
43 True Colors Mar 15, 1991 Tim Gerrity tbd
66 White Palace Oct 19, 1990 Max Baron / Max Baron tbd
63 Bad Influence Mar 9, 1990 Michael Boll 7.8
86 sex, lies, and videotape Aug 4, 1989 Graham Dalton 7.8
56 The Rachel Papers May 12, 1989 Deforest tbd
48 Less Than Zero Nov 6, 1987 Rip 8.2
53 Baby Boom Oct 7, 1987 Ken Arrenberg 6.1
21 Mannequin Feb 13, 1987 Richards 7.4
56 Pretty in Pink Feb 28, 1986 Steff / Steff 8.3
tbd The New Kids Jan 18, 1985 Dutra tbd
37 Tuff Turf Jan 11, 1985 Morgan Hiller tbd
30 Endless Love Jul 17, 1981 Keith Butterfield / Keith Butterfield 4.5