James Spader is an American actor, known for roles in films such as Pretty in Pink, Lincoln, Stargate, Crash and as Alan Shore in the TV series Boston Legal. He plays the criminal Raymond Reddington in NBC's The Blacklist.
Spader was born on February 7, 1960, in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of teachers Jean and Todd Spader, Spader attended The Pike School, his mother's place of work, and enrolled in Brooks School, his father's place of work, for one year. In the eleventh grade, he dropped out and went to New York to pursue acting. Prior to full-time acting, he held a variety of jobs including being a yoga instructor, busboy, truck driver, stable boy, and railroad-car loader.
Spader's first major role was as Brooke Shield's brother in Endless Love in 1981. His first starring role was in Tuff Turf alongside Robert Downey Jr. He didn't reach stardom until his famous role in Pretty in Pink. Since then, he has been in films such as Less Than Zero, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Secretary, Keys to Tulsa and The Watcher. He has been in TV series such as The Office, Seinfeld and The Practice, and narrated the first episode of Discovery Channel's series Discovery Atlas.
He is set to play Ultron in Marvel Studios' upcoming movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
|The Blacklist Cast and Crew|
| Main Cast: · James Spader · Megan Boone · Diego Klattenhoff · Harry Lennix · Parminder Nagra · Ryan Eggold · |
Recurring Cast: Deborah S Craig · Hisham Tawfiq · Charles Baker · Amir Arison · Rachel Brosnahan · Alan Alda ·
Writers: · Jon Bokenkamp · Lukas Reiter · Patrick Massett & John Zinman · John C. Kelley · Wendy West ·
· J. R. Orci · Amanda Kate Shuman · Joe Carnahan & Jason George · Brandon Margolis & Brandon Sonnier ·
· Anthony Sparks · Jim Campolongo · Jonathan Shapiro · John Eisendrath · Daniel Voll · Elizabeth Benjamin ·
· Richard D'Ovidio ·
Directors: · Joe Carnahan · Jace Alexander · Michael Watkins · Vince Misiano · Nick Gomez · Adam Arkin ·
· Steven Surjik · Dan Lerner · Michael Zinberg · Peter Werner · Randy Zisk · Steven A. Adelson · Paul Edwards ·
· Karen Gaviola ·
Executive Producers: Jon Bokenkamp · John Eisendrath · John Davis · John Fox