James Spader Net Worth

Are you interested in the total net worth of James Spader? Famous actors around the world earn huge amounts of money. James Spader is no exception from this rule. You should know that James Spader is a Hollywood star, born on unknown in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Having starred and featured on many hit Hollywood movies and popular TV shows, this actor has amassed a fortune under his belt! His parents are Stoddard Greenwood Spader, Jean Fraser Spader and he also has a sibling Libby Spader, Annie Spader. As a kid and later as an adult, James Spader attended Brooks School, The Pike School, Phillips Academy. Born in the American James Spader is a very talented actor who is also known of having the aliases or nicknames of James Todd Spader , Jimmy Spader , Jimmy. He is 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall. The total net worth of James Spader is quite a lot – $10 Million.

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James was born into a family of educators Jean Fraser and Stoddard Greenwood Spader, in fact he was educated at his mother’s The Pike School, and his father’s Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, but finished at Phillips Academy to the age of seventeen before moving to New York City to chase an acting career. James Spader opened his net worth account landing a role in the film ‘Endless Love’ directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Afterwards, he appeared in television films ‘A Killer in the Family’ directed by Richard T. Heffron, and ‘Family Secrets’ directed by Jack Hofsiss, plus on the big screen in films ‘Tuff Turf’ directed by Fritz Kiersch, ‘The New Kids’ directed by Sean S. Cunningham, ‘Pretty in Pink’ directed by Howard Deutch , and ‘Wall Street’ co-written and directed by Oliver Stone, among many others, now totalling over 40 plus 15 TV productions. However, the recognition of critics James gained only in 1988 co-starring with Cynthia Gibb in the horror film written and directed by Rowdy Herrington ‘Jack’s Black’, for which he received a nomination of a Saturn Award for the Best Actor, in this way increasing his net worth.

The following year Spader won a Cannes Film Festival Award for the Best Actor for his leading role in ‘Sex, Lies, and Videotape’ directed by Steven Soderbergh. The next successful role in the horror film ‘Wolf’ directed by Mike Nichols brought James a nomination of a Saturn Award for the Best Supporting Actor in 1994. Since then, for a decade Spader took various roles in films as follows ‘Stargate’ directed by Roland Emmerich, ‘Crash’ directed by David Cronenberg, ‘2 Days in the Valley’ directed by John Herzfeld and other films adding to his net worth.

From 2004, Spader began to dominate major film awards and festivals, this way making James net worth grew faster. He was nominated for a Satellite Award for the Best Actor in Television Series Drama for his role in David E. Kelly’s creation ‘Boston Legal’, and in 2005, he received four nominations and won a Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the same role. In 2006 and 2007 James won a Satellite Award for the Best Actor in Television Series and a Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, not to mention the fact that he was nominated for several more awards the same years. It is worth mentioning, that his role of Alan Shore in the ‘Boston Legal’ was the best through his whole career and made the biggest impact on Spader’s net worth.

In 2012, James Spader increased his net worth receiving two nominations by Screen Actors Guild Awards, for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in the comedy series ‘The Office’ and for the for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his role in the film ‘Lincoln’ directed by Steven Spielberg.

In his personal life, James Spader was married to Victoria Kheel(1987-2004) – they have two sons. He has been partnered with married Leslie Stefanson since 2002, and they have three children.

Structural info

  • Full Name: James Spader
  • Net Worth: $10 Million
  • Date Of Birth: February 7, 1960
  • Place Of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Profession: Actor, Voice Actor
  • Education: Brooks School, The Pike School, Phillips Academy
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Victoria Spader (m. 1987–2004)
  • Children: Sebastian Spader, Elijah Spader, Nathaneal Spader
  • Parents: Stoddard Greenwood Spader, Jean Fraser Spader
  • Siblings: Libby Spader, Annie Spader
  • Partner: Leslie Stefanson (2002–)
  • Nicknames: James Todd Spader , Jimmy Spader , Jimmy
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000652
  • Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Cannes Best Actor Award, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
  • Nominations: Screen Actors Guild Awards for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012), Saturn Award
  • Movies: ‘The Office’, ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Less Than Zero’, ‘The Pentagon Papers’ ‘Lies’, ‘The Practice’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Stargate’ , ‘Crash’ , ‘2 Days in the Valley’
  • TV Shows: ‘A Killer in the Family’, ‘Family Secrets’, ‘Tuff Turf’, ‘The New Kids’, ‘Wall Street’


  • 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!
  • 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.
  • [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.
  • [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.
  • [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.
  • [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.”.
  • [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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • (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.
  • 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.”.


  • Was a close friend of John Kennedy Jr., both having attended Phillips Academy (Andover) high school together. Spader even dined occasionally with John Jr. at his mother Jacqueline Kennedy’s Upper East Side apartment in New York.
  • The birth date on the “Ten Most Wanted” poster for Raymond “Red” Reddington on The Blacklist (2013) in February 7, 1960, Spader’s actual birth date.
  • He has English, as well as smaller amounts of Scottish, French, Dutch, German, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Many of his ancestral lines trace back to Colonial America of the 1600s. Among James’s famous ancestors are Laurent Clerc, an educator of the deaf, mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch, Revolutionary War general Joshua Babcock, and Paul Mascarene, a Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. James also shares a common “Vanderbilt” ancestor with famous businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt.
  • Parents are Stoddard Greenwood and Jean Spader.
  • Is a huge fan of Bob Dylan.
  • Ex-son-in-law of Lee Kheel.
  • Fiancée Leslie Stefanson gave birth to his third son on August 31, 2008.
  • Has a photographic memory. He can look at a script and he remembers what the pages look like. As he films a scene, he “reads” the page. The only reason he screws up a line is if very similar words (e.g. it and is) are written fairly close together.
  • His father died two weeks before he began production on Critical Care (1997).
  • He was working as a janitor at a rehearsal studio in Times Square when he landed his first feature film Endless Love (1981).
  • Auditioned for the role of Cadet Captain Alex Dwier in the drama film Taps (1981), but eventually lost to Sean Penn.
  • Has appeared with Eric Stoltz in four films: A Killer in the Family (1983), The New Kids (1985), 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and Keys to Tulsa (1997).
  • Good friends with actors Christian Clemenson, Robert Downey Jr., Eric Stoltz and Jason Alexander.
  • Is quick to point out that, unlike the sleazy, sneaky characters he is best known for playing, he is actually a nice, friendly man in real life.
  • First performer to win Leading Drama Actor Emmy Awards for portraying the same character (Alan Shore) on two different series (The Practice (1997) and Boston Legal (2004)).
  • Has very poor eyesight, and cannot wear contact lenses. Has said that in roles in which he does not wear his eyeglasses, he can barely make out the face of the actor across from him in the scene.
  • Loves cooking and is an excellent chef.
  • Born on the same date (7 February 1960) as Saturday Night Live (1975)’s “TV Fun House” writer/cartoonist Robert Smigel, best known as the voice of Triumph the insult comic dog from Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993).
  • Refuses to watch any of the movies he has appeared in.
  • His wife, Victoria Spader, was the set decorator for Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989).
  • Is known to prefer being called “Jimmy”.
  • Has two unsuccessful television pilots, Diner (1983) and Starcrossed (1985), to his credit.
  • Greatly admires the work of Charles Laughton.
  • Has two sons: Sebastian Spader (born 1989) and Elijah Spader (born 1992).


  • Often plays sleazy, sneaky villains
  • Rich smooth voice


Title Year Status Character
The Blacklist 2013-2017 TV Series Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Ultron
The Homesman 2014 Aloysius Duffy
Lincoln 2012 W.N. Bilbo
The Office 2011-2012 TV Series Robert California
Shorts 2009 Mr. Black
Boston Legal 2004-2008 TV Series Alan Shore
Shadow of Fear 2004 William Ashbury
The Practice 2003-2004 TV Series Alan Shore
Alien Hunter 2003 Julian Rome
I Witness 2003 Douglas Draper
The Pentagon Papers 2003 TV Movie Daniel Ellsberg
The Stickup 2002 John Parker
Secretary 2002 Mr. Grey
Speaking of Sex 2001 Dr. Roger Klink
Slow Burn 2000 Video Marcus
The Watcher 2000/I Campbell
Supernova 2000/I Nick Vanzant
It All Came True 1998 Stevenson Lowe
Seinfeld 1997 TV Series Jason ‘Stanky’ Hanky
Critical Care 1997 Dr. Werner Ernst
Keys to Tulsa 1997 Ronnie Stover
Driftwood 1997 The Man
2 Days in the Valley 1996 Lee Woods
Crash 1996 James Ballard
Stargate 1994 Dr. Daniel Jackson
Frasier 1994 TV Series Steven
Wolf 1994 Stewart Swinton
Dream Lover 1993 Ray Reardon
The Music of Chance 1993 Jack Pozzi
Bob Roberts 1992 Chuck Marlin
Storyville 1992 Cray Fowler
True Colors 1991 Tim Gerrity
White Palace 1990 Max Baron
Bad Influence 1990 Michael Boll
The Rachel Papers 1989 Deforest
Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 Graham Dalton
Jack’s Back 1988 John / Rick Wesford
Greasy Lake 1988 Video Digby
Wall Street 1987 Roger Barnes
Less Than Zero 1987 Rip
Baby Boom 1987 Ken Arrenberg
Mannequin 1987 Richards
Pretty in Pink 1986 Steff
Starcrossed 1985 TV Movie Joey Callaghan
The New Kids 1985 Dutra
Tuff Turf 1985 Morgan Hiller
Family Secrets 1984 TV Movie Lowell Everall
A Killer in the Family 1983 TV Movie Donny Tison
Diner 1983 TV Short Fenwick
Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction 1983 TV Movie Buddy Gant
The Family Tree 1983 TV Series Jake Nichols
Endless Love 1981 Keith Butterfield (as Jimmy Spader)
Team-Mates 1978 Jimmy
Title Year Status Character
The Blacklist TV Series executive producer – 28 episodes, 2015 – 2017 co-executive producer – 18 episodes, 2014 – 2015
Title Year Status Character
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Today 2014-2017 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2017 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
2016 MTV Movie Awards 2016 TV Special Himself – Nominee
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself – Guest
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2005-2015 TV Series Himself – Guest
Avengers: Age of Ultron – From the Inside Out: Making of Avengers – Age of Ultron 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Made in Hollywood 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2012-2015 TV Series Himself – Guest
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Himself – Nominee
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2014 TV Series
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2014 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013-2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
The View 2004-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Blacklist: Are You on the Blacklist? 2013 TV Special Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2009-2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien 2009 TV Series Himself – Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2008 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Himself – Nominee
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series & Presenter
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 2004-2007 TV Series Himself – Guest
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Discovery Atlas 2006 TV Series documentary Narrator
The Reichen Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series & Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself – Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series [Drama]
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series & Co-Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2004 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Daily Show 2003 TV Series Himself – Guest
Cinema 3 1996 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994 TV Series Himself – Guest
CBS This Morning 1994 TV Series Himself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Lego Marvel’s Avengers 2016 Video Game Ultron
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series Dr. Daniel Jackson
The Frame 2013 TV Series James Ballard
Scenes from the Roundtable 2007 Video documentary short Jason ‘Stanky’ Hanky
Cinema 3 2007 TV Series James Ballard
Sexes 2005 TV Series James Ballard
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Graham
Retrosexual: The 80’s 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
Celebrities Uncensored 2003 TV Series Himself
The Making of ‘Stargate’ 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Master of Desaster: Roland Emmerich – eine Hollywoodkarriere 1998 TV Movie documentary Dr. Daniel Jackson (uncredited)


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