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James Spader


James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of teachers Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover with director Peter Sellars; he dropped out in eleventh grade. He bused tables, shoveled manure, and taught yoga before landing his first roles. Spader's first ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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The Blacklist
The Blacklist Raymond 'Red' Reddington
(2013-2018)
Boston Legal
Boston Legal Alan Shore
(2004-2008)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Graham Dalton
(1989)

Filmography

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 2013-2018 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Abraham Stern (2018) ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- The Informant (No. 118) (2018) ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Ruin (2018) ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Ian Garvey (No. 13) (2017) ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- The Kilgannon Corporation (No. 48) (2017) ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron
 2014 The Homesman
Aloysius Duffy
 2012 Lincoln
W.N. Bilbo
 2011-2012 The Office (TV Series)
Robert California
- Free Family Portrait Studio (2012) ... Robert California
- Turf War (2012) ... Robert California
- Fundraiser (2012) ... Robert California
- Angry Andy (2012) ... Robert California
- Welcome Party (2012) ... Robert California
 2009 Shorts
Mr. Black
 2004-2008 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Alan Shore
- Last Call (2008) ... Alan Shore
- Made in China (2008) ... Alan Shore
- Juiced (2008) ... Alan Shore
- Thanksgiving (2008) ... Alan Shore
- Kill, Baby, Kill! (2008) ... Alan Shore
 2004 Shadow of Fear
William Ashbury
 2003-2004 The Practice (TV Series)
Alan Shore
- Adjourned (a.k.a. Cheers) (2004) ... Alan Shore
- New Hoods on the Block (2004) ... Alan Shore
- Comings and Goings (2004) ... Alan Shore
- The Firm (2004) ... Alan Shore
- The Case Against Alan Shore (2004) ... Alan Shore
 2003 Alien Hunter
Julian Rome
 2003 I Witness
Douglas Draper
 2003 The Pentagon Papers (TV Movie)
Daniel Ellsberg
 2002 The Stickup
John Parker
 2002 Secretary
Mr. Grey
 2001 Speaking of Sex
Dr. Roger Klink
 2000 Slow Burn (Video)
Marcus
 2000/I The Watcher
Campbell
 2000/I Supernova
Nick Vanzant
 1998 It All Came True
Stevenson Lowe
 1997 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Jason 'Stanky' Hanky
- The Apology (1997) ... Jason 'Stanky' Hanky
 1997 Critical Care
Dr. Werner Ernst
 1997 Keys to Tulsa
Ronnie Stover
 1997 Driftwood
The Man
 1996 2 Days in the Valley
Lee Woods
 1996 Crash
James Ballard
 1994 Stargate
Dr. Daniel Jackson
 1994 Frasier (TV Series)
Steven
- Slow Tango in South Seattle (1994) ... Steven (voice)
 1994 Wolf
Stewart Swinton
 1993 Dream Lover
Ray Reardon
 1993 The Music of Chance
Jack Pozzi
 1992 Bob Roberts
Chuck Marlin
 1992 Storyville
Cray Fowler
 1991 True Colors
Tim Gerrity
 1990 White Palace
Max Baron
 1990 Bad Influence
Michael Boll
 1989 The Rachel Papers
Deforest
 1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Graham Dalton
 1988 Jack's Back
John / Rick Wesford
 1988 Greasy Lake (Video)
Digby
 1987 Wall Street
Roger Barnes
 1987 Less Than Zero
Rip
 1987 Baby Boom
Ken Arrenberg
 1987 Mannequin
Richards
 1986 Pretty in Pink
Steff
 1985 Starcrossed (TV Movie)
Joey Callaghan
 1985 The New Kids
Dutra
 1985 Tuff Turf
Morgan Hiller
 1984 Family Secrets (TV Movie)
Lowell Everall
 1983 A Killer in the Family (TV Movie)
Donny Tison
 1983 Diner (TV Short)
Fenwick
 1983 Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (TV Movie)
Buddy Gant
 1983 The Family Tree (TV Series)
Jake Nichols
- Alimony (1983) ... Jake Nichols
- Tess's Birthday (1983) ... Jake Nichols
- The Burglary (1983) ... Jake Nichols
- Jake and Elise (1983) ... Jake Nichols
- The Recital (1983) ... Jake Nichols
 1981 Endless Love
Keith Butterfield (as Jimmy Spader)
 1978 Team-Mates
Jimmy
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Other Works:

(Fall 2012) TV commercial for new 2013 Acura (voice over). See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Interviews | 8 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jimmy Spader

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[1990] I had real trouble, actually, for a long time, getting people to hire me. My anxiety used to manifest itself in strange ways. I'd go in to read for some innocent, vulnerable character, and the feedback would be, "Well, we met Jimmy... and he scared us.". See more »

Trivia:

Has a photographic memory. He can look at a script and he remembers what the pages look like. As he films a scene, he "reads" the page. The only reason he screws up a line is if very similar words (e.g. it and is) are written fairly close together. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays sleazy, sneaky villains See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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