James Spader Biography: Age, Height, Career, Net Worth

James Spader Biography: Age, Height, Career, Net Worth


James Spader

James Spader (born 7 February 1960), is a popular actor famous for his mesmerizing contribution to both the movie industry and the TV industry. He is popular for iconic roles such as Raymond Reddington, Ultron, Alan Shore, and many others. Spader has contributed to popular TV series such as The Blacklist, Boston Legal, Avengers – Age of Ultron, The Office Tv series. However, he got his biggest break in the popular movie named Sex, Lies, and Videotape which got him the Best Actor award and enhanced his reputation even further. Also, he performed the role of a lawyer in The Practitioner which made him one of the most iconic actors ever and he even proved it to the sequel series of The Practitioner in Boston Legal. Spader has also earned two golden globe award nominations from his role as Raymond Reddington in the popular HBO show The Blacklist.


James Spader was born in Boston, Massachuttes. He is currently 61 years old. His father’s name was Todd Greenwood Spader and his mother’s name was Jean Spader. Regarding siblings, James has two sisters and he was the only son of his parents. Spader’s parents were teachers so he was very attentive and well educated. Regarding his education, Spader went to The Pike School, and later The Brooks School where his parents worked as a teacher. Despite being a family member of highly educated persons and scholars, James was not fond of studying instead he was fond of arts and drama. He was very passionate about acting and theatre performance. So he dropped out of Phillips Academy when he was in eleventh grade to pursue the career of acting.

James Spader was desperate to become an actor so he decided to join New York’s ‘Michael Chekhov School to learn acting. He was estranged from his family for some time so he started working to fulfill his need and to provide for himself. Spader worked as a Yoga Instructor for a certain period. Later he also began to work as a truck driver and car loader before finding a big break as an actor.


James Spader finally got his first movie in 1978 where he played a lead role in a movie titled TeamMates. However, his dream debut turned into a nightmare as the movie was a super flop. After that, he struggled to get the major role and did here and there cameo roles. After four years in 1981, he found another major role in Endless Love which proved to be good which made Spader relieved and he believed he still had a part in the acting industry. After the success of Endless Love, Spader started getting lots of TV roles which first he was hesitant to take on however he finally said yes to The Family Tree in 1983.

James Spader started to gain a good reputation from his Tv series Family Tree so he continued to gain lots of other projects such as Family Secrets, Killer in the Family, The New Kids, and others. Spader started to get settled in the acting industry but his big break only came in 1986 when he starred in a lead role in Pretty in Pink. His arrogant playboy role made him a really popular lead actor. He continued to get lots of other major and minor roles but in 1989 he finally got his first award as the Best Actor for his lead role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Spader’s reputation increased enormously with that movie. Spader got lots of other projects after his success in Sex, Lies, and videotape. He played the role of a detective in the thriller drama The Watcher released in 2000. In 2002 he got the critical claim for the role in the movie Secretary where he played the role of a sadistic boss.

James Spader was cast as Alan Shore a lawyer in a popular comedy-drama The Practitioner which lasted between 2003-2004. However, the series was canceled but eventually returned as Bostal Legal where Spader played the same character as Alan Shore. Spader was awarded Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in TV drama and Satelite Award for Best actor from the role in Boston Legal. Spader’s reputation in the acting industry was gaining a lot of momentum when he found his best role to date in the FBI thriller drama The Blacklist as Raymond Reddington.

The role has become a fan favorite for over 8 seasons and has led James Spader for his nominations for two Golden Globe Awards for best actor. Spader has also given his voice to the iconic Ultron in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie which also became an iconic character and fan-favorite role among Marvel Universe.

Maritial Status

James Spader married his girlfriend Victoria Kheel in 1987 when he met her during a yoga session when he was a yoga instructor. They had two children named Sebastian and Elizah. Despite the loving relationship, he went on to become a toxic relationship so they decided to separate in 2004 while mutually agreeing to the custody of the children. Currently, James Spader is dating Leslie Stephenson. They began dating in 2002 and their first son named Nathaneal six years later in 2008.

Net Worth

James Spader is a popular actor and director who has played the iconic roles of Raymond Reddington, Alan Shore, and Ultron. He has earned quite an asset and properties from his career as an actor. James has lots of properties and assets which he has shared on his social media. However, he has not revealed how much he earns per movie or from each TV shows. Currenlty, James Spader has a net worth of approximately $25 million as of 2021.

Interesting Facts

  • James Spader left his formal studies to pursue the career in acting.
  • He married Victoria Kheel when he was a yoga instructor.
  • Spader got Best Actor Award from the popular movie Sex, Lies and Videotape.
  • His zodiac sign is Aquarius.
  • James Spader has a net worth of approximately $25 million as of 2021.

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