James Spader
Actor
James Spader
James Todd Spader is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in movies such as Pretty in Pink; Less Than Zero; Sex, Lies, and Videotape; Crash; Stargate; and Secretary. 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.
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Joss Whedon Says He's Done Making Marvel Movies
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Joss Whedon, who was tapped to direct the first two "Avengers" movies after creating a number of critically acclaimed TV shows, is bidding farewell to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The "Buffy" auteur revealed in a conversation at the Oxford Union that last year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was his final contribution to the most successful franchise in the history of film. Whedon explained that once he signed on to direct "The Avengers," he assumed a key creative role in the direction of the whole franchise. He gave input on all the Marvel movies, not just "The Avengers." But when he started working in earnest on "Age of Ultron," he didn't have time to help out with the other movies -- and taking a step back from that work made him realize that it was time to stop it altogether.  "I made a completely clean break -- not because we had a falling out -- just because I was like, 'I can't ... ' If I was still there going, 'Well, here are my thoughts on this film,' I'd be there every ...
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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” lives up to the expectations
- almost 2 years
When I first saw the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” I was confused as to what the plot was but once the movie started, my confusion was cleared up and I was blown away. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark; Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk/Bruce Banner; Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers; Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff; and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Clint Barton, the team comes back together to fight off Ultron (James Spader), an artificial intelligence program/peace-keeping machine (created by Stark) gone wrong that wants to kill all humans. In addition, two new super-human powers, Quicksilver/ Pietro Mximoff (Aaron-Taylor Johnson) and the Scarlett Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) are introduced. The acting, fighting, and special effects in this film were phenomenal. I loved the budding romance between Romanoff and Banner, and there was enough humor in the film to make the ...
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James Spader gives life to 'insane' Ultron
USA Today - almost 2 years
The actor utilized performance capture to perfect the newest 'Avengers' movie villain.           
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'The Blacklist' Season 2 Spoilers: Red Tells The Truth About Tom In Episode 19; What Happened In 'Leonard Caul'? [RECAP]
International Business Times - almost 2 years
Episode 18 of “The Blacklist” Season 2 ended with bang! It had been almost a month for fans waiting to see if Red (James Spader) – who was shot at the end of “Vanessa Cruz” – would survive when the NBC series returned.
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Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” begins to roll out worldwide
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
All this week, we’ve seen Marvel slowly begin to allow reviews to trickle out about Avengers: Age of Ultron, in advance of the global release this weekend, followed by the U.S. next week. So far, the early word has been pretty solid, with some out and out raves and almost no outright detractors. After how big a smash across the board The Avengers was, seeing the sequel apparently continue the trend is a solid sight to behold. Marvel continues their perfect record and comic book fans get another top tier piece of entertainment to enjoy. The summer movie season is about to begin folks… You’d basically have to live under a rock not to be fully aware what this film is about, but at the off chance you don’t, I’m more than willing to provide a quick primer. Continuing the Marvel Cinematic Universe and working not only as a sequel to The Avengers but also Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this flick sees the team of superheroes faced with a dastardly Artificial Intelligence named Ultron (v ...
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James Spader Prepares for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The actor, who is starring in the NBC series “The Blacklist,” prepares for box-office stardom.
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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner – Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Marvel Studios presents ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig ...
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'The Blacklist' Season 2 Spoilers: Episode 17 Synopsis Released; What Will Happen In 'The Longevity Institute'? [VIDEO]
International Business Times - almost 2 years
Liz (Megan Boone) is finally off the hook with those murder charges! On the past few episodes of NBC’s “The Blacklist,” the FBI agent has been facing an indictment for the murder of the harbormaster. But in episode 16 Red (James Spader) tracked down Tom (Ryan Eggold), who returned to Washington, D.C., to confess to the crime. Now Red and Liz can get back to work and focus on the next case, like the one in episode 17, “The Longevity Institute.”
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Megan Boone of The Blacklist Q&A: Star Talks Dancing, Krav Maga and Working With James Spader
US Magazine - about 3 years
She plays intense FBI agent Elizabeth Keen on NBC's The Blacklist, but Megan Boone is naturally humorous off-set, she tells Us Weekly in a recent Q&A. The Michigan native, 30, gives Us the scoop on what it's like working with James Spader, how she trains for the show's action-packed scenes, and what to expect from upcoming episodes.  US: What a hit! Now that it is back, what can we expect in the coming episodes? Megan Boone: You've got a lot that you're going to find out in this season, for sure. They are going to focus a lot on Tom’s relationship and on Red’s. [Elizabeth’s] past is very much intertwined with those story lines. And then a lot of new questions are going to come up as well. US: We can’t handle new questions! MB: If there are no new questions, there are no more presents to open! PHOTOS: The latest celebrity snapshots from Sundance! US: Fair enough! You had previously said that the first time you ran lines with James Spader you started choking on your ...
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Q&A: NBC's Bob Greenblatt on His Comedy Conundrum, the Late Night Transition and More
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
NBC headed into midseason last year with plenty of momentum - only to see its fortunes collapse as The Voice took a winter nap and new hit Revolution went on hiatus. Not taking this fall's solid ratings for granted, NBC will bring its new smash, The Blacklist, back in January before taking a break for the Olympics. [...] the Winter Games will provide a ratings boost as well as a broad platform on which to market the network's upcoming series. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt recently spoke at length with TV Guide Magazine about The Blacklist's big DVR gains, the network's comedy woes, the Peacock's upcoming late-night shift and how bullish he is on big events in the wake of The Sound of Music Live. The Voice is obviously fully ensconced and doing well, which has led to a nice new success with The Blacklist, which is not totally dependent on The Voice lead in - as other shows that have been in that time slot have been. With The Blacklist doing so well, particularly with ...
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Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are One Hot Globes Couple
PopSugar - about 3 years
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts both wore Tom Ford and looked stunning as they prepped to walk the red carpet together at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in LA on Sunday. The couple each have a key role in the show tonight, as Naomi is slated to join the long list of A-list presenters and Liev is up for the award for best actor, TV drama, for Ray Donovan. Liev faces stiff competition in his category as he will compete against award season favorites Bryan Cranston and Kevin Spacey for the award, as well as Michael Sheen and James Spader. Keep reading to see this good-looking couple's night at the Golden Globes. Source: Twitter user LievSchreiber View Slideshow ›
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Another Guy Predicting Another Golden Globes Telecast in Another Blog Post
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Ever since I was a little fat kid who used movies and television as a way to escape my sad, sometimes bullied world, I've loved watching the glitz, the glamor, and the flowing booze of the Golden Globes. While many in the industry don't take the awards seriously (they nominated The Tourist remember?) and feel they don't hold as much weight any more in terms of shaping the Oscar race, I've always enjoyed seeing stars make drunken speeches or schmooze in-between commercial breaks. I also, of course, love that they honor comedic films as well as television. Focusing on the former, let me just say I'm still not over Will Ferrell getting shafted for Elf a decade ago. Anyway, the Globes are a party - nothing less, nothing more. Where else can you find Jack Nicholson literally talking out of his ass or Christine Lahti late out of the gate because she was dropping a deuce? OK, maybe she wasn't but you know what I mean. I love it all, and love that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the fun s ...
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'The Blacklist' gets second season
CNN - about 3 years
NBC has ordered a second season of "The Blacklist," its hit drama that stars James Spader as a world-renowned terrorist.
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'The Blacklist' gets second season order
CNN - about 3 years
NBC has ordered a second season of "The Blacklist," its hit drama that stars James Spader as a world-renowned terrorist.
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NBC Renews 'The Blacklist' For A Second Season
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Looks like we'll be seeing Red for a while. "The Blacklist" has been renewed for a second season. NBC announced that it has renewed the mega-hit James Spader series (and the number one new show of the season) for a full 22-episode second season. Always bet on Red - #TheBlacklist has been renewed for a full 22-episode second season! — The Blacklist (@NBCBlacklist) December 3, 2013 “The success of 'The Blacklist' demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I’m impressed on a daily basis by this creative team’s imagination and the extent to which they will go to capture this grand vision on film,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. Ryan Eggold, who spoke with The Huffington Post last month, had let spill that a second season was on the way, so it's nice to finally have confirmation from NBC. "The Blacklist" just aired its mid-season finale and will return to finish out its first season on Jan. 13.
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'The Blacklist' Star Ryan Eggold On Tom's Big Secrets & What's Ahead
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ryan Eggold really doesn't want to spoil "The Blacklist" for you. On "The Blacklist," Eggold plays Tom, the nice-but-maybe-kind-of-murdery husband to main character Liz (Megan Boone). It's one of the biggest hits of the year and shows no sign of slowing down. While Season 2 has yet to get the green light, Eggold seems to know exactly where "The Blacklist" is heading. The actor stopped by The Huffington Post office to talk about playing a lurky maybe-killer, Tom's sex life and some major spoilers regarding the upcoming Nov. 25 episode. NOTE: Do not read if you are not caught up on "The Blacklist" Season 1. I'm all caught up and let's be real: Everything's crazy. Yeah. It’s getting crazy. The week before last that was when Liz’s dad died, right? Yes, and your first scene with James Spader. That was awesome. Working with him was fantastic. He’s supremely professional and amazingly gifted, obviously. He’s just a very supportive actor. He knows what he wants to happen and he likes to ...
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TV ratings: Is NBC's James Spader drama 'Blacklist' really a hit?
LATimes - over 3 years
Is "The Blacklist" NBC's Holy Grail, the long-sought hit drama the network needs to finally rebuild its schedule? 
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Reportedly Joins 'Avengers' Sequel
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is apparently set to don new superhero garb in Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron." Back in June, it was reported that the "Kick-Ass" actor was the front-runner to portray Quicksilver in Joss Whedon's blockbuster follow-up to "The Avengers." Now, TheWrap notes that Taylor-Johnson has closed a deal to take on the role after verifying that the "Ultron" shooting schedule won't clash with his publicity tour for the forthcoming "Godzilla" remake. Quicksilver is set to appear in two much-anticipated comic book sequels, "Ultron" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." In "X-Men," the superhero's evil origins will be on display, with Evan Peters ("American Horror Story") taking that role. The "Avengers" sequel picks up after Quicksilver and twin sister Scarlet Witch pledge to fight for good instead. The latter version cannot refer to the character's mutant beginnings, as those aspects are unique to the Fox banner. ("Avengers" is produced by Disney.) Saoirse Ronan was or ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Spader
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    He currently stars as high-profile criminal Raymond "Red" Reddington in the crime drama The Blacklist and played the villainous artificial intelligence Ultron in Marvel Studios' 2015 blockbuster superhero film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    More Details Hide Details Spader was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the youngest of three children. His parents Jean (née Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader were both teachers. Spader grew up in a liberal and progressive home, saying regarding his mother and two sisters, “I was always around dominant and influential women, and that left a great impression". During his early education, he attended multiple private schools, including The Pike School, where his mother taught art, and the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, where his father taught. He later transferred to Phillips Academy before dropping out at the age of seventeen and moving to New York City to pursue his acting career. On his way to becoming a full-time actor, Spader undertook jobs such as bartending, teaching yoga, driving a meat truck, loading railroad cars, and being a stable boy.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    Spader stars in the NBC series The Blacklist, which premiered on NBC September 23, 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 51
    On June 27, 2011, it was announced that he would join the cast on a permanent basis.
    More Details Hide Details He planned to stay only through the eighth season, and while the original plan was just to do the guest appearance, executive producer Paul Lieberstein said: "those two scenes became a season".
    In March 2011, he was named to star in the film By Virtue Fall, written and to be directed by Sheldon Turner., the movie was in pre-production.
    More Details Hide Details Spader guest starred as Robert California in "Search Committee", the season 7 finale of The Office.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    He starred in Race, a play written and directed by David Mamet, which opened on December 6, 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details The show closed on August 21, 2010 after 297 performances.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    In October 2006, Spader narrated "China Revealed", the first episode of Discovery Channel's documentary series Discovery Atlas.
    More Details Hide Details He has also done the voice-over in several television commercials for Acura.
    He also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    With the 2005 win, he became one of only a few actors to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two different series.
    More Details Hide Details Even rarer, he won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two different series.
  • 2004
    Age 44
    Spader filed for divorce from Kheel in 2004.
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    He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2004 for his portrayal on The Practice and won it again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal.
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    From 2004 to 2008, Spader starred as Alan Shore in the series Boston Legal, in which he reprised his role from the television series The Practice.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    He began dating his former Alien Hunter (2003) co-star, Leslie Stefanson, in 2002; they have one son, Nathaneal (born August 2008).
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    In 2002, he starred as a sadistic boss in Secretary.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 40
    In 2000, he played a drug-addicted detective tracking down a serial killer in The Watcher.
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  • 1997
    Age 37
    In 1997, Spader guest starred in the Seinfeld episode "The Apology", as an angry recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for making fun of him.
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  • 1996
    Age 36
    In 1996, he played car accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash and assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley.
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  • 1994
    Age 34
    In 1994, he starred as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the sci-fi film Stargate.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 27
    They married in 1987 and have two sons, Elijah and Sebastian.
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    However, he did not rise to stardom until 1986, when he played the rich, arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink.
    More Details Hide Details He co-starred in Mannequin (1987) and the film adaptation of Less Than Zero (1987), in which he played a drug dealer named Rip. Supporting roles in films such as Baby Boom (1987) and Wall Street (1987) followed until his breakthrough in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), in which he played a sexual voyeur who complicates the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana residents. For this performance, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Spader's roles in the early 1990s included a young, affluent widower opposite Susan Sarandon in the romantic drama White Palace (1990), Rob Lowe in the Noir drama Bad Influence (1990), John Cusack's best friend in the drama True Colors (1991), and a poker-playing drifter in The Music of Chance (1993).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 0
    Born on February 7, 1960.
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