James Spader

James Spader

His role as Steff in 'Pretty in Pink' (1986)
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!Source: fortunecity.com 
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.More James Spader quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“If I don't need the money, I don't work.”More James Spader quotes [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
If I don't need the money, I don't work.More James Spader quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More James Spader quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For me, when working on a film or play or television show, everything for me starts with the screenplay and I am devoted to that and that is what I work from. Any research I do or any preparation I do on my own is all ultimately in service of that.More James Spader quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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