James Spader Biography: Age, Height, Net Worth, Movies, Wife, Wikipedia, Instagram, Children, Awards

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

James Spader is an acclaimed American actor who has been praised for his performances in various film and television genres.

He is best known for his roles as eccentric and unconventional characters, often with a dark or sarcastic edge.

Some of his most notable works include Pretty in Pink, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Stargate, The Practice, Boston Legal, and The Blacklist.


  • Full name: James Todd Spader
  • Date of birth: February 7, 1960
  • Age: 64 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
  • Parents: Stoddard Greenwood Spader and Jean Fraser Spader
  • Siblings: Annie Spader and Libby Spader
  • Spouse: Victoria Spader (m. 1987; div. 2004)
  • Children: Sebastian Spader, Elijah Spader, and Nathaneal Spader
  • Relationship status: Dating Leslie Stefanson since 2002
  • Net worth: $20 million

Early Life & Education

James Spader, now 64 years old, was born on February 7, 1960, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He was the youngest of three children of Stoddard Greenwood Spader and Jean Fraser Spader, both teachers. His father taught at The Roxbury Latin School, while his mother taught art at Phillips Academy.

Spader grew up in a wealthy and cultured environment, surrounded by books, music, and art. He attended private schools, including The Pike School, Brooks School, and Phillips Academy, where he met his future actor friend John Kennedy Jr.

However, he could have improved academically and dropped out at 17. He moved to New York City to pursue his acting career and worked as a yoga instructor, busboy, truck driver, stable boy, and railroad car loader to support himself.

Personal Life

James Spader has had two marriages and three long-term relationships in his life. He married his first wife, Victoria Spader, a yoga instructor 1987.

They had two sons, Sebastian Spader, born in 1989, and Elijah Spader, born in 1992. Sebastian followed his father’s footsteps and became an actor and director, while Elijah became a documentary filmmaker.

James and Victoria divorced in 2004 after 17 years of marriage. James Spader is currently in a relationship with Leslie Stefanson, an actress and sculptor whom he met on the set of the film Alien Hunter in 2002.

They have a son, Nathaneal Spader, born in 2008. James Spader lives with his partner and three sons in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also close to his two sisters, Annie Spader and Libby Spader, both artists.


James Spader began his acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in minor films such as Endless Love, A Killer in the Family, and Tuff Turf.

He gained recognition for his role as the arrogant and wealthy Steff in the teen comedy-drama Pretty in Pink in 1986.

He then starred in the erotic drama Sex, Lies and Videotape in 1989, which earned him critical acclaim and the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.

He continued to play complex and unconventional characters in films such as Bad Influence, White Palace, Bob Roberts, True Colors, and Wolf.

He also ventured into science fiction and fantasy, starring in films such as Stargate, Supernova, and The Watcher. He debuted his voice acting as the villainous Ultron in the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015.

James Spader also had a successful career on television, winning three Emmy Awards for his roles as the charismatic and ethically challenged lawyer Alan Shore in The Practice and Boston Legal and the mysterious and manipulative criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington in The Blacklist.

He also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for these roles. He also appeared in TV shows such as The Office, The Pentagon Papers, and Lincoln.


James Spader has won several awards and nominations for his acting work, including:

  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for Sex, Lies and Videotape in 1989.
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for The Practice 2004.
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Boston Legal in 2005 and 2007.
  • Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy, or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Boston Legal in 2007.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for The Blacklist in 2014.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for The Blacklist in 2015 and 2016.

Social Media

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  • Endless Love
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Stargate
  • The Practice
  • Boston Legal
  • The Office
  • The Blacklist
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

Net Worth

James Spader has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

He earns most of his income from his acting career, especially from his role as Raymond “Red” Reddington in The Blacklist, for which he reportedly earns $300,000 per episode.

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