James Spader is a fantastic award-winning American actor and voice actor; best known for his appearances on blockbuster movies including The Blacklist, Boston Legal, and Stargate, among others. He made his way into the spotlight following his brilliant performance in the 1989 movie titled Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Since then, the actor has continued to garner a lot of fame through his exceptional acting prowess. He has equally recorded several awards in his name. Read on, as we take you through James Spader’s biography, his family, net worth, height and other interesting facts below.
The talented actor was born as James Todd Spader in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States, he first came into this world on the 7th day of February 1960. Apparently, he is the youngest child of his parents and he grew up along with his two older sisters. His parents Stoddard Greenwood Spader and Jean Spader were both teachers. Spader attended The Pike School where his mother was working at the time and later on, he changed to Brooks School to be with his father. Couldn’t stay, Spader went to Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts before he eventually left school before he could graduate in order to pursue a career in acting.
Soon after he left school, Spader relocated to New York City where he kicked off his acting career. To make ends meet, he did different kinds of job, including teaching yoga, being a stable boy, and bartending, among others. He earned his first major role as an actor in the 1981 movie titled Endless Love. After that, he starred in the 1985 movie titled Tuff Turf as well as Prety in Pink. He went on to play the role of a supporting actor in movies such as Baby Boom and Wall Street in 1987.
James Spader got his breakthrough in 1989, following his appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 drama titled Sex, Lies, and Videotape. His role as a sexual spy earned him his first Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival; thus, bringing Spader into the limelight. Spader’s next project was in the 1990 romantic drama titled White Palace, where he starred opposite Susan Sarandon; he also appeared in Bad Influence the same year.
From 1992 to 2000, Spader appeared in a handful of movies including True Colors, The Music of Chance, Stargate, Crash, 2 Days in the Valley, Seinfeld, and The Watcher. In the early 2000s, he starred in Boston Legal, and The Practice, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead actor in 2004, 2005, and 2007.
In 2009, Spader appeared in David Mamet’s play titled Race; he also played Mr. Black in Shorts the same year. Subsequently, he joined the cast of NBC sitcom titled The Office where he played the role of Robert California from 2011 to 2012. Since 2013, Spader has been playing the role of Raymond Reddington in the NBC crime thriller titled The Blacklist. His top-notch performance in the series has earned the talented actor several awards nominations.
His other movies include Alien Hunter, The Homesman, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Hitmen for Hire, among others. He equally played the role of a voice actor in Discovery Atlas and Frasier. Spader has also appeared on several commercials for top brands like Acura.
The award-winning actor has starred in several movies and has earned a huge wealth for himself. James Spader currently has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He earns his fortune from his films as well as television series and other business endeavours. He reportedly earned $125 thousand in salary per episode of the NBC series titled The Blacklist, among others.
James Spader’s Wife And Children
The brilliant actor is also successful in his love life and is a proud father of three children. Spader reportedly met his first wife named Victoria Kheel while he was working as a yoga trainer in New York City many years ago. The couple tied the knot in 1987 and were blessed with two sons named Elijah and Sebastian Spader.
However, for undisclosed reasons, the couple went their separate ways after being together for seventeen years. Their divorce process was finalized in 2004 and they both share equal custody of their children. Prior to their divorce, Spader started another relationship with his Alien Hunter co-star Leslie Stefanson and after his divorce; he made his relationship with Leslie public.
Although the couple never made it down the aisle, they have been together for over fifteen years. They welcomed their symbol of love, a son named Nathaneal in August 2008. Spader and Leslie have been enjoying a blissful relationship and there is no sign of trouble.
Height: How Tall Is James Spader?
The talented actor is a very tall and handsome dude, he stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 161 pounds (73 kg). His distinctive look is his light brown bald hair. In addition, he has blue eyes and wears a shoe of size 9 (US).