In Hollywood, most actors either find fame on the small screens or on the big screens. It is often rare to find actors who succeed equally on both mediums. However, if there is one person who has managed to achieve this feat, it is James Spader. Spader has appeared in several highly-acclaimed movies including the 1989 Palm D’Or winner – Sex, Lies and Videotape. He has also featured in many TV series, including Boston Legal, and has won multiple awards. Want to know more about this accomplished actor? Then read on.
James Spader’s Bio (Age)
James Todd Spader was born on the 7th of February 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. He hails from a family of five. His mother’s name is Jean Spader (nee Fraser) while his father’s name is Stoddard. The actor also has two elder sisters namely; Libby and Annie. Spader grew up in Boston and attended several private schools including The Pike School, Brooks School, and Philips Academy. He, however, aspired to become an actor from an early age and as such, he dropped out of school during his sophomore year and moved to New York City to pursue his passion.
In the big apple, James Spader took acting classes at the Michael Chekhov School. He also did various odd jobs (bartender, stable boy, truck driver and yoga teacher) whilst waiting for acting opportunities. Spader eventually landed his debut role in the 1981 romantic drama, Endless Love. After that, he garnered appearances in several movies including Tuff Turf, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, Less than Zero, Baby Boom and Wall Street. The Boston native finally rose to the limelight in 1989 thanks to the movie, Sex, Lies and Videotape. The movie revolved around a troubled man, Graham, who videotapes women discussing their lives and sexuality. Spader played the role of the troubled but sexy voyeur and his performance earned him the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Wife and Children
The Boston Legal star was previously married to Hollywood set decorator, Victoria Spader (nee Kheel). The two first met in the 70s when Spader was working as a yoga teacher in New York. They dated for more than a decade before tying the knot in 1987. Their marriage lasted for nearly 17 years and they divorced in 2004. The couple’s union produced two sons namely, Sebastian and Elijah.
Since his divorce, Spader is yet to remarry. However, he is in a long-term relationship with Leslie Stefanson. Stefanson is a former model/actress turned sculptor. During her heydays, she featured in several movies and TV series including The General’s Daughter. She is now an artist and specialises in bronze and terracotta sculptures. Spader and Stefanson first met on the set of the film, Alien Hunter, which they both co-starred in. They commenced a relationship in 2002 and have been together ever since then. The couple is yet to tie the knot but they do have a son together. His name is Nathaneal and he was born in 2008. The Boston Legal star has disclosed Nathaneal will be his last child as he doesn’t plan on having any other kids.
James Spader’s Net Worth
Spader has a net worth estimated at $10 million. His significant fortune is not surprising given the illustrious career he has enjoyed. Since his breakthrough in 1989, the actor has appeared in other movies such as White Palace, Bad Influence, True Colours, Secretary, The Watcher, Crash, 2 Days in the Valley, Alien Hunter, Shorts, Slow Burn, Super Nova, Wolf, Stargate and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The Boston native has also appeared in several TV series including The Blacklist, Boston Legal, The Practice, Frasier and The Family Tree. The Practice is a legal drama about the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. The series ran for eight seasons and spurned a highly successful spin-off known as Boston Legal. James Spader has appeared in both series and played the role of Alan Shore, a morally conscious lawyer who is not afraid of bending the law in order to obtain justice. His performance on both shows earned him at least three Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding lead actor in a TV series.
James Spader is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and his weight is given as 161 lbs or 73 kg. His hair colour is light brown while his eye colour is blue. Talking about the actor’s eyes, Spader has very poor eyesight and cannot wear contacts. He has to rely on glasses and can barely see without them. As a result of this, most of his TV and movie characters are written to wear glasses so that he will be able to work effectively.