James Spader

Born Feb 7, 1960

James Todd Spader is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in films such as Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Crash, Stargate, Secretary, and Lincoln. His most famous television roles are those of the colorful attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, for which he won three Emmy Awards, and Robert California in The Office.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Spader.


1960 Birth Born on February 7, 1960.


1981 21 Years Old Spader's first major film role was in 1981 as Brooke Shields' brother in Endless Love, and his first starring role was in Tuff Turf alongside good friend Robert Downey, Jr. But he did not rise to stardom until 1986, when he played Molly Ringwald's foil Steff in Pretty in Pink. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old …  They married in 1987 and have two sons, Elijah and Sebastian.
1989 29 Years Old Supporting roles in movies such as Baby Boom and Wall Street followed until his critical breakthrough in 1989. … Read More


1994 34 Years Old In 1994, he starred as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the blockbuster film Stargate.
1996 36 Years Old He played car-accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash in 1996 and assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley.
1997 37 Years Old In 1997, Spader guest starred in an episode of Seinfeld as an angry recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for making fun of him.


2000 40 Years Old In 2000, he played a drug-addicted detective tracking down serial killer Keanu Reeves in The Watcher.
2001 41 Years Old In 2001, he starred as Maggie Gyllenhaal's sadistic boss in the critically acclaimed Secretary.
From 2004 to 2008, Spader starred as the lead character Alan Shore in the television series Boston Legal, in which he reprised his role from the television series The Practice.
2005 45 Years Old With the 2005 Emmy Win, Spader became one of the few actors (along with co-star William Shatner as Denny Crane) to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two different series. … Read More
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Spader also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006.


2011 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2011, Spader was named to star in By Virtue Fall, a film written and to be directed by Sheldon Turner. … Read More
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