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James Spader

James Spader

Birthday: 7 February 1960, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth Name: James Todd Spader
Height: 178 cm

James Todd Spader was born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of teachers Jean (Fraser) and Stoddard Greenwood "Todd" Spader. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover with ...Show more

James Spader
[1995] I'm not eager at all to present my life out there for public consumption. I like to do one or Show more [1995] I'm not eager at all to present my life out there for public consumption. I like to do one or two films a year and then do what is absolutely obligatory in terms of promoting them. My life outside of films is vital to me. Hide
When you're a kid running around playing make-believe, everything is changing from moment to moment Show more When you're a kid running around playing make-believe, everything is changing from moment to moment - and a TV show is like that too. That's what I got into the business for! I like to know just enough to do the job. Hide
[2005] I've had a lazy career, sometimes one film a year, sometimes none. I'm walking around in the Show more [2005] I've had a lazy career, sometimes one film a year, sometimes none. I'm walking around in the street and doing this other thing, living, that I'm much more interested in. I just do some acting on the side. Hide
I have my own artistic sensibilities and Crash (1996) complements them. It is a provocative, challen Show more I have my own artistic sensibilities and Crash (1996) complements them. It is a provocative, challenging, disturbing film made for adults. It's not a skeleton in the closet for me. Hide
If I don't need the money, I don't work. I'm going to spend time with my family and friends, and I'm Show more If I don't need the money, I don't work. I'm going to spend time with my family and friends, and I'm going to travel and read and listen to music and try to learn a little bit more about how to be a human being, as opposed to learning how to be somebody else. Hide
[1990] I had real trouble, actually, for a long time, getting people to hire me. My anxiety used to Show more [1990] I had real trouble, actually, for a long time, getting people to hire me. My anxiety used to manifest itself in strange ways. I'd go in to read for some innocent, vulnerable character, and the feedback would be, "Well, we met Jimmy... and he scared us.". Hide
I've always loved antiheroes. Those were the characters I was drawn to growing up, and if I'm equipp Show more I've always loved antiheroes. Those were the characters I was drawn to growing up, and if I'm equipped to play a hero at all, it's certainly an antihero! Hide
Sometimes with people their work is the most important thing to them, and sometimes the work enables Show more Sometimes with people their work is the most important thing to them, and sometimes the work enables you to do other things that are more important to you. I probably am closer to that. Hide
Studio people are afraid of Crash (1996). It makes a statement about whoever releases the film. Mira Show more Studio people are afraid of Crash (1996). It makes a statement about whoever releases the film. Miramax took a lot of flak for releasing Kids (1995). The same will happen for whoever releases Crash (1996). Hide
If I don't need the money, I don't work. I don't mind going to somebody and saying, "Okay, this is h Show more If I don't need the money, I don't work. I don't mind going to somebody and saying, "Okay, this is how much money I need to pay my bills for the next six months. If you pay me that, I'll do the film.". Hide
[on doing Stargate (1994)] I didn't have a great knowledge of this genre. The only demand I was putt Show more [on doing Stargate (1994)] I didn't have a great knowledge of this genre. The only demand I was putting on the picture was that my paycheck came in and that I had fun making it. It seemed like it would be rather light-hearted. And it was. I'm not a big fan of films that take themselves seriously. Hide
[1990] You know, when you choose to make your living as an actor, it's all fine and good to look at Show more [1990] You know, when you choose to make your living as an actor, it's all fine and good to look at it as some kind of artistic endeavor. At its best, it is that. But the fact is, most of the actors out there don't earn $3 million a picture and can't afford to take two years off between films and look for the right thing. Most of us are tradesmen. Acting for me, is a passion, but it's also a job, and I've always approached it as such. I have a certain manual-laborist view of acting. There's no shame in taking a film because you need some money. No shame in taking a film because you have always wanted to visit China. I was thinking about this last night as I was driving home. I started to go back through the different films I've done, and the television movies I've done and I started to think about why I chose them at that time. And I realized, every single film I've ever done I've taken because of the money. Every single one. I'm not ashamed to say that. Hide
[on his menial jobs before acting] I drove a truck for a while for a meat packing plant. I shoveled Show more [on his menial jobs before acting] I drove a truck for a while for a meat packing plant. I shoveled manure at the Clarmont Riding Academy in New York. Mopped floors for a while. I uploaded railroad cars and trailers at a warehouse. I wasn't really qualified for anything else. Hide
Acting is a great way to make a living, especially when I consider what my alternatives were and pro Show more Acting is a great way to make a living, especially when I consider what my alternatives were and probably still are. I mean, you are only making movies. It is a lot less pressure than being a surgeon; although it seemed like the only other thing that I was qualified for was manual labour. Hide
I played cops and robbers and pirates and all the rest when I was a kid, but I didn't want to grow u Show more I played cops and robbers and pirates and all the rest when I was a kid, but I didn't want to grow up and be an actor and play cops and robbers and pirates. I wanted to grow up and be that, be cops and robbers and pirates. Hide
I grew up a Red Sox fan. I grew up going to Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts and the Science Show more I grew up a Red Sox fan. I grew up going to Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts and the Science Museum and Symphony Hall and going to the Common, walking around. My whole family at different times lived and worked in Boston. Hide
(Why did he accept the lead in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)?): I took the film because I was inte Show more (Why did he accept the lead in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)?): I took the film because I was interested in doing that part. Looking at work as stepping stones is something I don't have any time or energy for. It seems a shame to look at your work as some sort of means to an end, because the end is death, you know? The means is the flesh and blood, so you'd better enjoy it. F--- the end. Hide
(on his sadomasochistic scenes in the movie Secretary (2002)): I did something in that scene that I' Show more (on his sadomasochistic scenes in the movie Secretary (2002)): I did something in that scene that I'd never done in a film before but that's been the case with so many of my movies. Hide
You just want to work. I like playing character roles and I do not mind being a real son-of-a-bitch, Show more You just want to work. I like playing character roles and I do not mind being a real son-of-a-bitch, or embarrassing myself. But as you go along you begin to realize that the work has a criterion and as your choices get broader you start cutting out the things that are not worth the time. On the whole I have been lucky; I do not look back with a huge amount of distaste for the work I have done. Hide
James Spader's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (43)
James Spader James Spader'S roles
Jason 'Stanky' Hanky
Jason 'Stanky' Hanky

Robert California
Robert California

Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Raymond 'Red' Reddington

Steff
Steff

Nick Vanzant
Nick Vanzant

Mr. Grey
Mr. Grey

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