BOSTON LEGAL James Spader Biography

James Spader : Alan Shore

Date Of Birth: February 7th, 1960   Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

An actor with a taste for extremes, James Spader has forged a career built upon exploring the darker side of human nature. He attracted the attention of television critics and audiences alike with his portrayal of the ethically-challenged attorney, Alan Shore, on ABC’s “The Practice,” a role that won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 2005 Spader was awarded a second Emmy, as he reprised his role on “Boston Legal.”

Spader appeared alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the critically-acclaimed film, “Secretary.” Directed by Steven Shainberg and based on Mary Gaitskills’ novella, Bad Behavior, “Secretary” is a richly imaginative and unique love story about two people who discover that the most delectable pleasures can be found between the hours of 9:00 and 5:00. The Lions Gate Films release won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Originality. Spader also starred in John McNaughton’s “Speaking of Sex,” in which he plays a depression expert, one of the many people who attempt to solve a couple’s marital problems. Produced by Canal Plus, “Speaking of Sex” co-stars Bill Murray, Catherine O’Hara, Lara Flynn Boyle and Megan Mullaly.

Working opposite Albert Brooks, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft and Jeffrey Wright in Sidney Lumet’s “Critical Care” — a satire of modern medical care — Spader portrayed a libidinous second-year resident involved with the hypocrisy and greed at the heart of the hospital system. And in one of his more controversial roles, Spader starred in David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” in which, following a car accident, he finds himself awakened by a sudden mix of violence and sexuality in his life. Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s cult classic novel, “Crash” received the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The film co-starred Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger and Elias Koteas.

Spader’s additional film credits include John Herzfeld’s “2 Days in the Valley,” opposite Charlize Theron; the smash-hit “Stargate,” with Kurt Russell; Mike Nichol’s “Wolf,” with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer; Luis Mandoki’s “White Palace,” opposite Susan Sarandon; “The Music of Chance,” with Mandy Patinkin; Tim Robbins’ political satire, “Bob Roberts”; “True Colors”; “Bad Influence”; and Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” for which he won the coveted Best Actor Award at The Cannes Film Festival in 1989.

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