James Spader biography, Career, Family, Networth, Marriage

Who is James Spader?

James Spader ( James Todd Spader) is an American producer and actor. In addition, he had roles in films such as the drama Sex, and Videotape in 1989, where he portrayed the eccentric character. Moreover, in 2015, he had a role in Avengers called Age of Ultron where he voiced and performed a motion-capture of the titular.

James Spader

Furthermore, James has also been featured in television roles such as; attorney Alan Shore in the last season of The Practice from 1997 to 2004. After that, he had a role in spin-off Boston Legal from 2004 to 2008. In addition, for Boston Legal, he won three Emmy Awards.

James also had a role in Robert California in the comedy-mockumentary The Office from 2005 to 2013. Moreover, currently, James has a lead role in a high-profile criminal-turned-FBI-informant as Raymond “Red” Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist from 2013–present for which he has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations.

How Old Is James Spader?

He was born on February 7, 1960. Spader is 61 years old as of 2021. He shares his birthday with other notable personalities such as Ashton Kutcher, Chris Rock, David Bryan, Deborah Ann Woll, Eddie Izzard, Essence Atkins, Garth Brooks, Gay Talese, among others.

James Spader Family

Who are His Parents?

Spader was born in Boston Massachusetts as the son of Jean Fraser and Stoddard Greenwood Spader. In addition, both of his parents were teachers.

Does He Have Siblings?

He has two siblings where he is the youngest in the family of three children.

James Spader Education

As a young boy, 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. After that, he later transferred to Phillips Academy, where he became friends with former President’s son John F. Kennedy, Jr. However, he never completed his education as he dropped out at the age of seventeen and relocated to New York City to pursue his acting career.

James Spader Wife/Girlfriend

Currently, he is not married, however, he is dating his former co-star in Allien Hunter, Leslies Stefanson. The two started dating in 2002.


Spader divorced his first wife Victoria Kheel in 2004. The two met in the 1980s when he was working at a Yoga studio. They later got married in 1987.

James Spader Kids

Spader has three sons, he shares two sons with his first wife and one son with his girlfriend.


The 1980s

James got his first major film role in his acting career in the film Endless Love in 1981. After that, he got his first starring role in the film Tuff Turf in 1985. James rose to fame in 1986, following a role he played as the rich, arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink. Furthermore, he also co-starred in Mannequin in 1987.

Still, in the same year, he also co-starred in the film adaptation of Less Than Zero where he had a role as a drug dealer named Rip. Still, in 1987 he had a supporting role in films such as Baby Boom and Wall Street. Moreover, his biggest breakthrough came when he landed a role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, where he played a sexual voyeur who complicates the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana residents.

The 1990s

In the early 1990s, he landed a role where he played as the young, affluent widower alongside Susan Sarandon in the romantic drama White Palace in 1990. Moreover, he also had a role as a yuppie who met the mysterious Rob Lowe in the Noir drama Bad Influence in 1990.

Furthermore, James also had a role in the drama True Colors in 1991, where he played John Cusack’s best friend. James was featured as a furious recovering alcoholic in the Seinfeld episode “The Apology” in 1997, refusing to apologize to George for making fun of him. Moreover, in the film The Watcher, he played a drug-addicted investigator on the trail of a serial killer in 2000.

James Spader

The 2000s

In 2002, he appeared as a sadomasochist boss in a film titled the Secretary. In 2004, James was featured as Alan Shore in the television series Boston Legal. He reprised his character from The Practice (2002) a role he played until 2008. “I was informed that no one would ever accept James Spader into their living room,” longtime writer-producer David E. Kelley remarked of the pushback when he originally sought to cast Spader in the part.

In addition, in a TV interview at TV Game Changers, Kelly stated that ” People will see him on the TV but they will never see him in their living room.”

In 2004, he won Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series. This award came for his portrayal of The Practice. In addition, he won the award again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal. When he won in 2005, he became the only of a few actors to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two series. Moreover, he also won the Satellite Award for the Best Actor for Boston Legal in 2006.

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Spader narrated “China Revealed,” the first episode of Discovery Channel’s documentary series Discovery Atlas, in October 2006. In addition, James has also provided the voice-over for numerous Acura television ads. Furthermore, he has also been featured in Race, a play written and directed by David Mamet, premiered on Broadway on December 6, 2009, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. After 297, performances the show closed down in March 2011.

The Office & Blacklist

James was featured as Robert California in the season 7 finale of The Office, “Search Committee.” On June 27, 2011, it was confirmed that he will be joining the cast permanently. Moreover, his intention was to stay just until the eighth season. On the other hand, his intention was for him to make a guest appearance. Executive producer Paul Lieberstein stated that “those two sequences became a season.”

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Currently, he is the lead role in the NBC series The Blacklist, which aired on September 23rd, 2013 NBC. In the series, he plays Raymond “Red” Reddington. He plays as one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives who later turn to be a key informer of the FBI.

James Spader Height

He stands at an average height of 1.78m tall and weighs 73kg

James Spader Net Worth

As of 2021, he has a net worth of $20 Million.

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