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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 July 1964Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Birth NameDavid Wayne Spade
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. He is the son of Judith J. (Meek), a writer and editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales rep, and is of German, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. Raised in both Scottsdale (from age four) and Casa Grande, Arizona, he graduated with a degree in business from Arizona State University in 1986. A natural prankster most of his life, Spade was pushed immediately into stand-up comedy by friends and appeared in nightclubs and college campuses all over the country.

A casting agent saw his routine at "The Improv" in Los Angeles and offered him a mischievous role in the film Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987). In 1990, the diminutive, flaxen-haired comedian finally hit the big time as a regular cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live (1975). Slow at first in gaining acceptance on the show, his razor-sharp sarcasm eventually caught on by his second season, when he played a number of smart-aleck characters in a variety of sketches, including a highly disinterested airline steward who bids each passenger adieu with a very sardonic "buh-bye" and an irritating receptionist for Dick Clark Productions who greets each huge celebrity with an unknowing "And you are . . . ?" A master of the putdown, Spade's "Hollywood Minute" reporter also took cynical advantage of tabloid-worthy stars. Spade impersonated such luminaries as Michael J. Fox, Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty during his tenure.

Following his SNL departure after six years, he spun off into a slapstick movie career, most noticeably as the scrawny, taciturn foil to SNL's wild and crazy big boy Chris Farley in Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996). The teaming of this unlikely but funny pair ended with Farley's death from a 1997 drug overdose. Since then, Spade has appeared in his own lukewarm vehicles, including Joe Dirt (2001) and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003). More recently he teamed with former SNL member Rob Schneider on the film The Benchwarmers (2006). Television has been more accepting over the years, with Spade earning an Emmy nomination as the droll, skirt-chasing secretary Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me! (1997) and filling in after the untimely death of John Ritter on ABC's 8 Simple Rules (2002) as Katey Sagal's unprincipled nephew.

More recently he was the star of the Comedy Central show The Showbiz Show with David Spade (2005) in 2005 wherein he more or less resurrected his obnoxious, razor-tongued gossipmonger from the old "Hollywood Minute" put-down segment on SNL, as well as co-starring in the adult-oriented ensemble sitcom Rules of Engagement (2007).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trade Mark (2)

Razor sharp sarcasm
Often acts alongside with a large-looking actor (ie. Chris Farley, Patrick Warburton and Kevin James)

Trivia (35)

Brother-in-law of fashion designer Kate Spade. Kate is married to his older brother, Andy Spade, who is president of Kate Spade Designs.
Youngest of three sons.
David's father left his family when David was still was very young. Years later, his stepfather, a war veteran, committed suicide.
Grew up in Arizona; graduated from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale in May 1982. A fellow graduate was J.R. Moehringer.
Once worked as a skateboard shop employee.
Was going to be in the George Wendt role in The Naked Truth (1995).
Studied business at Arizona State University. Graduated in 1986.
Parents are Wayne Spade and Judy Todd. Brothers are Bryan Spade and Andy Spade.
Was attacked with a stun gun by his personal assistant, David "Skippy" Malloy, and was then robbed. [November 2000]
During his first season on Saturday Night Live (1975), he appeared only three times.
Charged by police in his home state of Arizona with reckless jet-skiing.
Has been commercial spokesman for Sierra Mist soda and Capital One credit cards.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. [September 2003]
Born on the same day as actor/comedian John Leguizamo. He also shares a birthday with the following celebrities: Alex Trebek, Willem Dafoe and Danny Glover.
Has a tattoo of cartoon character Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes, on his left biceps. Sean Penn gave him the tattoo.
Was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon while in college.
In 1987, he performed on Fox's The Late Show (1986) and was offered a spot as a rotating host by the producers upon Joan Rivers' departure, but declined.
His sarcastic Hollywood Reporter sketch on Saturday Night Live (1975) did not endear him to SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy when Spade did a joke in which a photograph of Murphy, whose career had started to falter, was shown and Spade quipped, "Look children, a falling star--make a wish.".
Played Danny Woodburn's son in 8 Simple Rules (2002), although he is actually four days older than him.
Tended to perform in films and Saturday Night Live (1975) skits with the late Chris Farley.
Was one of the guests at Lindsay Lohan's 19th birthday party.
Close friend of Heather Locklear, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. Friends with Aaron Eckhart.
He was so smart in third grade he got moved up to the fourth grade for some of his classes.
Is very sensitive to sunlight.
Is also a stand-up comedian.
On August 26, 2008, Jillian Grace gave birth to a baby girl, named Harper. David Spade, who had a brief relationship with Jillian, was confirmed as the father.
Admitted on his official twitter account that he made his very first trip to Europe, in July, with Grown Ups (2010) co-stars Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Kevin James. They went to England, Ireland, and Germany to promote the film before its European opening. [July 2010]
Stated in an interview after the death of his good friend Chris Farley that he was concerned about his lifestyle and the choices that he made.
Best known by the public for his role as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me! (1997).
His acting mentor was George Segal.
TV commercials for Capital One (the "no" man)
Hosted the "Showbiz Show" on Comedy Central [October 2005]
He has German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Swiss-German ancestry.
Auditioned for In Living Color (1990).
His idol when he was young was James Garner. Spade used to watch him on The Rockford Files (1974), before co-starring with Garner on 8 Simple Rules (2002).

Personal Quotes (32)

I just couldn't have gone into a room where Chris was in a box. [on why he chose not to attend actor/friend Chris Farley's funeral]
I've been with a beautiful girl from time to time.
Success? You can't get a big head about it. When people stare at me, they could be whispering to their friend, 'That guy sucks! Have you seen him before? He's horrible.'
It's just a campy blast. I just want to do as little as I can and make it good, and try not to sell out. I'm sure I will, but I'm just trying to postpone it.
I want to get back to my fighting weight of 98 pounds. I have the exact measurements of that guy from the movie, Powder. Right now, I am the reigning West Coast Powder.
You know, you want to pull in a wide audience.
When I started I'd fly across the country to do a gig for a hundred bucks.
I never have kids in movies or in TV shows.
I never dated much in high school or college.
I have no stories to sell. A lot of my relationships are with civilians, and no one wants to hear about those.
I have no detectable hair style.
I got into stand-up to get on a sitcom.
I feel like I've got this anti-marriage thing, but it's less that and more I'm over thinking it to get it right.
Everyone is so weird in L.A. that if you're somewhat normal, it's exotic.
There's always something funny about men chasing women.
It's funny because it's funny.
You can either look at things in a brutal, truthful way that's depressing, or you can screw around and have fun.
In grade school I was smart, but I didn't have any friends. In high school, I quit being smart and started having friends.
I've had it where things didn't go well for me with movies or something that got canceled.
I've got to get on myself to be sharp, funny and loose.
I'm like a Dilbert cartoon.
I only have one note, let's be honest. But I'll play a different version of that one note.
No one wants to know I set my alarm and get up 8, but I think it's too weird to sleep in too late.
My career is just kind of crazy.
Most of the shows I want to do I'm not smart enough to figure out how to watch.
It's so crazy in Hollywood.
It's hard to have a career.
To make money I picked up work as a busboy, valet parker, skateboard shop employee.
To be famous and broke is hard.
There are too many fawning entertainment shows out there and not one of them is making fun of it all.
Sometimes when I watch a TV season, your favorite shows die quickly. And then sometimes it's not your favorite, and they live on for 12 years.
Single guys get a bad rap.

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