Born on this day, actor James Spader has proven time and again he has the acting ability to work on virtually any television and film genre.
Currently known for playing the charismatically charming Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington on the Jon Bokenkamp created NBC crime drama “The Blacklist,” the Boston born actor has been seen on both television and film screens playing a diverse array of characters.
Playing Reddington has earned Spader two Golden Globe Award nominations.
Anyone familiar with Spader’s voice would have instantly recognised it when watching the 2015 Joss Whedon directed “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Splendidly articulated in a way only Spader could accomplish, “The Blacklist” actor gave voice to the title character, Ultron.
In writing of Spader, it would be remiss of me to not mention Alan Shore. Shore, the attorney Spader played in the two David E. Kelley created dramedy series “The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” is reminiscent of Reddington. Both characters, in their own away, are intellectually brilliant. Their composure, unflapping in any crisis, remains at a constant.
With the quality of Spader’s work being what it is, it shouldn’t come as any huge surprise to learn the actor is a three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner.
Prior to his character transitioning from “The Practice” to “Boston Legal,” Spader’s first of three Primetime Emmy Awards came in 2004 when her garnered the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
In 2005 and 2007, the actor walked away with the same award for his work playing the same character but on “Boston Legal.”
These are of course not the first awards Spader had been honoured with. If you recall the 1989 Steven Soderbergh directed “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” you might remember a young Spader playing Graham Dalton.
At the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, for his work on the Soderbergh directed drama, Spader picked up the award for Best Actor.
Another character associated with Spader is the nerdy archaeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson. While it was Michael Shanks that played the character in the long running television series “Stargate SG-1,” it was Spader that gave the archaeologist both form and voice in the 1994 science fiction film “Stargate.”
When there was word of a “Stargate” reboot, I had envisioned the possibility of Spader returning to the franchise. Unfortunately, it seems all plans pertaining to a reboot have been scrapped in favour of the series “Stargate Origins.”
Further to Spader, other entertainment professionals born on this day include but is not limited to:
For a more comprehensive list of individuals born on this day, click “7 Feb. Birthdays.”