He won the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in The Practice and won it again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal.    Winner in 2005, he became one of the few actors to win an Emmy Award while playing the same character in two series. Even rarer, he won a second Emmy in a row playing the same character in two series. He also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006. James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor. He has portrayed eccentric characters in films such as the drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), for which he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, the action sci-fi film Stargate (1994), the controversial psychological thriller Crash (1996), the erotic romance Secretary (2002) and Steven Spielberg`s Lincoln (2012). He also voiced and directed motion capture of the title character of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). During his early studies, he attended many private schools, including pike school in Andover, where his mother taught art, and Brooks School in North Andover, where his father was a teacher. He then transferred to Phillips Academy, befriended John F. Kennedy`s son, John F. Kennedy Jr., retired at the age of seventeen, and moved to New York City to pursue his acting career.   During his full-time acting studies, Spader held jobs such as bartender, yoga classes, driving a meat cart, loading railroad cars, and a stable boy.  His television roles include that of lawyer Alan Shore in the final season of The Practice (2003-2004) and his spin-off Boston Legal (2004-2008) (for which he won three Emmy Awards) and Robert California in the mockumentary comedy The Office (2011-2012). He currently plays the high-profile criminal who became an FBI informant, Raymond “Red” Reddington in the NBC crime drama The Blacklist (since 2013), for which he received two Golden Globe Award nominations.
In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Spader revealed that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Spader is a sixth-generation descendant of Connecticut politician Seth P. Beers. Spader met his first wife, decorator Victoria Kheel, while working in a yoga studio after moving to New York In the 1980s. They married in 1987 and had two sons. Spader filed for divorce from Kheel in 2004. He began dating his former Alien Hunter (2003) co-star, Leslie Stefanson, in 2002.  They have a son together.
Spader played the role of Robert California in “Search Committee,” the season 7 finale of The Office. On June 27, 2011, it was announced that he would join the cast permanently. He only planned to stay until the eighth season. While the initial plan was only to make the guest appearance, executive producer Paul Lieberstein said, “These two scenes have become a season.”  Spader was born in Boston on February 7, 1960, the youngest of three children. His parents, Jean (née Fraser) and Stoddard (“Todd”) Greenwood Spader, were both teachers.     He has two older sisters, Libby Spader and Annie Spader. According to Spader, he had a very progressive and liberal upbringing. “I`ve always been with dominant and influential women, and that made a good impression.”   From 2004 to 2008, Spader played the role of Alan Shore in the series Boston Legal, in which he repeated his role in the television series The Practice (2002). Longtime writer and producer David E. Kelley said there was resistance when he first tried to give Spader the role: “I was told that no one would ever welcome James Spader into his living room.” In a TV interview with Game Changers, Kelley remarked, “People will see him (Spader) in the movies, but they`ll never let him into their own home. In October 2006, Spader narrated “China Revealed,” the first episode of the Discovery Channel documentary series Discovery Atlas. He also voice-overed several television commercials for Acura. He starred in Race, a play written and directed by David Mamet that premiered on December 6, 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway.  The show ended on August 21, 2010 after 297 performances. In March 2011, he was named lead actor in the film By Virtue Fall, written and directed by Sheldon Turner. In June 2011 [Update], the film was in pre-production. Spader starred in the television series The Blacklist, which first aired on NBC on September 23, 2013. He plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI`s most wanted refugees.
He also played the evil robot Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Spader`s first major film role was in the film Endless Love (1981), and his first lead role was in Tuff Turf (1985). He rose to fame in 1986 when he played the wealthy and arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink. He starred in Mannequin (1987) and the film adaptation of Less than Zero (1987), in which he played a drug dealer named Rip. Supporting roles in films such as Baby Boom (1987) and Wall Street (1987) followed until his breakthrough in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), in which he played a sexual voyeur that complicates the lives of three residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For this achievement, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Spader`s roles in the early 1990s included a wealthy young widower alongside Susan Sarandon in the romantic drama White Palace (1990), a yuppie who meets the mysterious Rob Lowe in the black drama Bad Influence (1990), John Cusack`s best friend in the drama True Colors (1991), and a drifter playing poker in The Music of Chance (1993). In 1994, he played Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the science fiction film Stargate. In 1996, he played car accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash and Assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley. In 1997, Spader played a guest role in the Seinfeld episode “The Apology” as an angry and recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for mocking him. In 2000, he played a drug detective who tracked down a serial killer in The Watcher.
In 2002, he played a sadomasochistic boss in Secretary.