James Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusettes. While
both of his parents had careers in the teaching profession, James was more
interested in pursuing a career in acting. When he was 17 or 18 he moved to New
York and enrolled in the Michael Chekhov Studio to study drama. Around that same
time he got a tiny part in a little known film entitled, "Team Mates," in 1978.
Although his role was miniscule, this lead to his second film, "Endless Love,"
in which he had a much more substantial part. During the early 1980s James
Spader appeared in a few TV-movies, and in 1985 he had the starring role in the
film, "Tuff Turf," where he plays a young rebellious high school student. During
the latter part of the 1980s Spader had minor roles in such films as Pretty in
Pink , "Less Than Zero," and "Mannequin," constantly being typecast as a stuck
up yuppie. In 1987 Spader married Victoria Kheel, whom he'd known since 1979.
They have two children together, Sebastian and Elijah. In 1989 Spader won the
best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of "Graham," in
the film Sex, Lies, and Videotape. This really was a turning point for James
Spader in terms of getting the proper recognition he deserved for his work. The
year that followed brought him a steamy role in the film, "White Palace,"
co-starring Susan Sarandon. For the next few years he appeared in various films
including,"True Colors," "Bad Influence," "Storyville," and a cameo in "Bob
Roberts." In 1994 Spader appeared in the successful science fiction film,
Stargate , along with Kurt Russell. This brought additional recognition for the
remarkable actor, because of his terrific portrayal of "Dr.Daniel Jackson," a
young egyptologist/linguist. In the years that followed since "Stargate," Spader
has continued to show off his talents in films like, "Crash," "Two Days in the
Valley," and "Critical Care." He most recently appeared in an episode of
"Seinfeld," delivering a hilarious performance. James Spader is truly something
very special, and I'm sure we will continue to get nothing but the best from any
of his future projects!