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James Todd Spader

Birthdate: Feb. 7th, 1960
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Martial Status: not single
Children: 2 teenage sons
Hair color: dirty blond
Eye color: blue
Height: 5'10

An actor with a taste for extremes, James Spader has forged a career built upon exploring the darker side of human nature. Most recently Spader attracted the attention of television critics and audiences alike with his portrayal of the ethically-challenged attorney, Alan Shore, on ABC’s “The Practice,” a role that won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He returns this year to headline David E. Kelley’s new drama, “Boston Legal.”

Spader appeared alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the critically-acclaimed film, “Secretary.” Directed by Steven Shainberg and based on Mary Gaitskills’ novella, Bad Behavior, “Secretary” is a richly imaginative and unique love story about two people who discover that the most delectable pleasures can be found between the hours of 9:00 and 5:00. The Lions Gate Films release won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Originality. Spader also starred in John McNaughton’s “Speaking of Sex,” in which he plays a depression expert, one of the many people who attempt to solve a couple’s marital problems. Produced by Canal Plus, “Speaking of Sex” co-stars Jay Mohr, Lara Flynn Boyle and Megan Mullaly.

In Walter Hill’s science fiction thriller, “Supernova,” co-starring Angela Bassett, Robert Forster and Robin Tunney, Spader played the co-pilot of a deep space medical vessel who rescues a castaway from the darkness of space. As the ship drifts closer to a giant star about to explode, the crew is drawn into the mystery of their newest passenger and the alien artifact he has smuggled on board. In Blue Rider Pictures’ “Slow Burn,” he co-starred along side Minnie Driver, Josh Brolin and Stuart Wilson. Directed by Christian Ford, the film is a morality tale centered on one woman, three men, a strongbox of diamonds and the remorseless Mexican desert.
Spader worked opposite Albert Brooks, Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Wright in Sidney Lumet’s “Critical Care,” a satire of modern medical care in which he portrays a libidinous second-year resident involved with the hypocrisy and greed at the heart of the hospital system. And in one of his more controversial roles, Spader starred in David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” in which, following a car accident, he finds himself awakened by a sudden mix of violence and sexuality in his life. Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s cult classic novel, “Crash” received the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The film co-starred Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger and Elias Koteas.

This biography was taken from the ABC official website.



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