The eccentric, inimitable James Todd Spader graced the earth with his presence for the first time on February 7, 1960. Now, you may be thinking, this is an atypical man crush, but I beg to differ. Spader’s standout performances on both the big and small screens for the past several decades have electrified audiences and his ever-adapting ability to become whichever character he’s portraying is nothing less than scintillating.
Here at EPIX, we’ve got two vastly different doses of James. First, when Spader played it down against Rob Lowe’s vicious and manipulative bad boy in Bad Influence (above) proving once again that he could tackle myriad roles. Then in Supernova, a film notorious for not doing as well as it should have (especially having big names like Francis Ford Coppola and Walter Hill attached)––but worth a watch for it’s cult status alone.
In film, Spader catapulted to stardom thanks to his turn as the brutish-but-handsome playboy Steff in 1986’s Pretty in Pink, and after other featured roles in films like Less Than Zero, made a name for himself as the cunning voyeur in Steven Soderbergh’s groundbreaking independent film Sex, Lies, and Videotape for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes. More recently, he provided the voice of the evil Ultron in the latest Avengers installment.
When it comes to television, Spader is a three-time Emmy award-winner, once for his performance as Alan Shore on The Practice, and twice for portraying the same character on the acclaimed Boston Legal. He took over for Steve Carell after his departure on The Office, playing the new man in charge, Robert California. The role was supposed to only last two episodes, but Spader’s hysterical performance coerced the showrunners to keep him on for an entire season. Nowadays you can find Spader on The Blacklist playing everyone’s favorite criminal mastermind, Red.
Ladies and gentleman, today, tomorrow, and always, please consider James Spader for your Monday crush.