Spader, James 1960–

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SPADER, James 1960–

(Jimmy Spader)


Full name, James Todd Spader; born February 7, 1960, in Boston, MA; son of Todd (a teacher) and Jean (a teacher) Spader; married Victoria Kheel (a set decorator), 1979; children: Sebastian, Elijah. Education: Attended Phillips Andover Academy; trained for the stage at Michael Chekov Studio.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—Eli Selden, The Firm, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 212, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Ina Treciokas, I/D Public Relations New York, 155 Spring St., Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10012.

Career: Actor. Appeared with Actors Studio, New York City. Also worked as a truck driver, stable boy, yoga teacher, table busser, soda jerk, amusement park worker, railroad car loader, and at a packing plant.

Awards, Honors: Cannes International Film Festival Award, best actor, 1989, and Independent Spirit Award nomination, Independent Features Project/West, best male lead, 1990, both for sex, lies, and videotape; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 2004, for The Practice; named a member of Entertainment Weekly's "must list," 2004; Golden Globe Award nomination, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, International Press Academy, both best performance by an actor in a television series—drama, 2005, for Boston Legal.


Film Appearances:

Jimmy, Team–Mates (also known as Young Gangs of Wildwood High and Youth Gangs), 1978.

(As Jimmy Spader) Keith Butterfield, Endless Love, Universal, 1981.

Eddie Dutra, The New Kids (also known as Striking Back), Columbia, 1985.

Morgan Hiller, Tuff Turf, New World, 1985.

Steff McKee, Pretty in Pink, Paramount, 1986.

Ken Arrenberg, Baby Boom, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1987.

Mr. Richards, Mannequin, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.

Rip, Less Than Zero, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.

Roger Barnes, Wall Street, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.

John Westford and Rick Westford, Jack's Back, Palisades, 1988.

DeForest, The Rachel Papers, United Artists, 1989.

Graham Dalton, sex, lies, and videotape (also known as Sex, Lies…), Miramax, 1989.

Max Baron, White Palace, Universal, 1990.

Michael Boll, Bad Influence, Emerald Films International, 1990.

Tim Garrity, True Colors, Paramount, 1991.

Anchorman Chuck Marin, Bob Roberts, Paramount/Miramax, 1992.

Cray Fowler, Storyville, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1992.

Jack Pozzi, The Music of Chance, IRS Releasing, 1993.

Dr. Daniel Jackson, Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1994.

Ray Reardon, Dream Lover, Gramercy, 1994.

Stewart Swinton, Wolf, Columbia, 1994.

The man, Driftwood, 1995.

Lee Woods, 2 Days in the Valley, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1996.

Dr. Werner Ernst, Critical Care, Live Entertainment, 1997.

James Ballard, Crash, Fine Line, 1997.

Ronnie Stover, Keys to Tulsa, Gramercy, 1997.

Marcus, Slow Burn, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Joel Campbell, The Watcher, MCA/Universal, 2000.

Nick Vanzant, Supernova, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists/Imperial Entertainment, 2000.

Dr. Roger Klink, Speaking of Sex, Twentieth Century–Fox/Canal Plus Group, 2001.

Parker, The Stick Up, Blockbuster Video, 2001.

E. Edward Grey, Secretary, Lions Gate Films, 2002.

Douglas Draper, I Witness, Promark Entertainment Group, 2003.

William Ashbury, Shadow of Fear, Mainline Productions, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jake Nichols, The Family Tree, NBC, 1983.

Alan Shore, The Practice, ABC, 2003–2004.

Alan Shore, Boston Legal, ABC, 2004—.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

(In archive footage) Retrosexual: The 80s, VH1, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Buddy Gant, Cocaine: One Man's Seduction, NBC, 1983.

Donny Tison, A Killer in the Family, ABC, 1983.

Lowell Everall, Family Secrets, NBC, 1984.

Stevenson Lowe, Curtain Call, Starz!, 1998.

Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers, FX Channel, 2003.

Julian Rome, Alien Hunter, Sci–Fi Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter and honoree, The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Voice of Steven, "Slow Tango in South Seattle," Frasier, NBC, 1994.

Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1994.

Jason "Stanky" Hankey, "The Apology," Seinfeld, NBC, 1997.

(In archive footage) Himself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2003, 2004.

Guest, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004.

Guest, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2004.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Fenwick, Diner, CBS, 1983.

Joey Callaghan, Starcrossed, ABC, 1985.

Alan Shore, Boston Legal, ABC, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in Equus, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Veronica's Room.



Reader, Strange Highways, by Dean R. Koontz, Time Warner AudioBooks, 1995.



Detour, September, 1997.

Entertainment Weekly, June 25, 1993, pp. 32–33; November 11, 1994, pp. 44–45.

Esquire, May, 1991.

GQ, October, 1990, p. 264.

Interview, April, 1993, pp. 82–85.

Missoulian, February 22, 2004.

New York Newsday, June 26, 1994.

New York Times, August 18, 1989.

Playboy, April, 1990, pp. 90–91, 98, 170–71.

Premiere, November, 1987; January, 1997.

TV Guide, October 4, 2003, pp. 48–51; January 31, 2004, p. 18.

USA Today, October 28, 1994.

Vogue, November, 1990.