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  • James Spader

    Born on February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts

awards & nominations

The Blacklist (2013)

James Spader as "Raymond "Red" Reddington"

When former government agent and fugitive Raymond "Red" Reddington surrenders to the FBI, he makes them an offer they can't refuse. On the mysterious condition that he work only with recent Quantico graduate Liz Keen, he agrees to help put away criminals from a list that he compiled, which includes politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists -- starting with long-thought-dead terrorist Ranko Zamani. As the two pursue their quarry, Red forces the rookie profiler to think like a criminal to see the bigger picture.

Golden Globe (2014) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Lincoln (2012)

James Spader as "W.N. Bilbo"

With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Office (2005)

This U.S. adaptation -- set at a paper company in Scranton, Pa. -- has a similar documentary style to that of the Ricky Gervais-led British original. It features the Dunder-Mifflin staff, which includes characters based on roles in the British show -- and, quite possibly, people with whom you work in your office. There's Jim, the likable employee who's a bit of an every man. Jim has a thing for receptionist-turned-sales-rep Pam -- because office romances are always a good idea! There's also Dwight, the co-worker who is successful but devoid of social skills and common sense.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Boston Legal (2004)

James Spader as "Alan Shore"

The Boston law firm Crane, Poole and Schmidt deals in the often high-priced world of civil litigation, where smarmy Alan Shore feels at home. Loose cannon Denny Crane has the run of the place, while other members of the firm try -- with often dismal results -- to keep him in check.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2008) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2007) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (2005) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2005) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

The Practice (1997)

James Spader as "Alan Shore"

Dylan McDermott ("In the Line of Fire") stars in a one-hour ensemble drama as Bobby Donnell, a passionate lawyer in a Boston law firm whose instincts tell him important cases are not always about money. Lisa Gay Hamilton also stars as Rebecca Washington, the understanding receptionist who endlessly keeps the members of the firm in check.

Emmy (Primetime) (2004) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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