Jul. 22nd, 1964
Birmingham, Michigan, USA
5' 5 1/2"
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Comic brat extraordinaire David Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the youngest of three brothers. Raised in both Scottsdale (from age four) and Casa Grande, Arizona, he graduated with a degree in business from Arizona State University in 1986. A natural prankster most of his life, Spade was pushed immediately into stand-up comedy by friends and appeared in nightclubs and college campuses all over the country.
A casting agent saw his routine at "The Improv" in Los Angeles and offered him a mischievous role in the film Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987). In 1990, the diminutive, flaxen-haired comedian finally hit the big time as a regular cast member and writer on "Saturday Night Live" (1975). Slow at first in gaining acceptance on the show, his razor-sharp sarcasm eventually caught on by his second season, when he played a number of smart-aleck characters in a variety of sketches, including a highly disinterested airline steward who bids each passenger adieu with a very sardonic "buh-bye" and an irritating receptionist for Dick Clark (I) Productions who greets each huge celebrity with an unknowing "And you are . . . ?" A master of the putdown, Spade's "Hollywood Minute" reporter also took cynical advantage of tabloid-worthy stars. Spade impersonated such luminaries as Michael J. Fox (I), Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty during his tenure.
Following his SNL departure after six years, he spun off into a slapstick movie career, most noticeably as the scrawny, taciturn foil to SNL's wild and crazy big boy Chris Farley in Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996). The teaming of this unlikely but funny pair ended with Farley's death from a 1997 drug overdose. Since then, Spade has appeared in his own lukewarm vehicles, including Joe Dirt (2001) and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003). More recently he teamed with former SNL member Rob Schneider (I) on the film The Benchwarmers (2006). Television has been more accepting over the years, with Spade earning an Emmy nomination as the droll, skirt-chasing secretary Dennis Finch on "Just Shoot Me!" (1997) and filling in after the untimely death of John Ritter on ABC's "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (2002) as Katey Sagal's unprincipled nephew.
More recently he was the star of the Comedy Central show "The Showbiz Show with David Spade" (2005) in 2005 wherein he more or less resurrected his obnoxious, razor-tongued gossipmonger from the old "Hollywood Minute" put-down segment on SNL, as well as co-starring in the adult-oriented ensemble sitcom "Rules of Engagement" (2007).
- Son of Wayne Spade and Judy Todd. Brothers are Bryan and Andrew.
- Was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon while in college.
- Suffers from hypoglycemia.
- Has a tattoo of cartoon character Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes, on his left biceps. 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv) gave him the tattoo.
- His sarcastic Hollywood Reporter sketch on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) did not endear him to SNL alumnus 'Eddie Murphy (I)' (qv) when Spade did a joke in which a photograph of Murphy, whose career had started to falter, was shown and Spade quipped, "Look children, a falling star--make a wish.".
- Is also a stand-up comedian.
- Grew up in Arizona; graduated from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale in 1982.
- Once worked as a skateboard shop employee.