Aug. 20th, 1962
Greenville, California, USA
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James Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an actor.
Marsters moved to Chicago, where his first professional acting role was Ferdinand in The Tempest at the Goodman Theatre in 1987. In this production, he was rolled onto the stage strapped naked to a wheel. He also appeared with well-known Chicago companies such as the Northlight and the Bailiwick and with his own group, the Genesis Theatre Company. Marsters was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance of the lead role of Robespierre in the six-hour drama Incorruptible: The Life, Death and Dreams of Maximilian de Robespierre in 1989.In 1990, Marsters moved to Seattle and, with Liane Davidson and Greg Musick, formed the New Mercury Theatre. In this and other companies, Marsters was involved in a wide range of plays, including Teechers (a British play by John Godber), Anouilh's Antigone, an original work based on the Dr. Seuss books, and Shaw's Misalliance.
In 1992, Marsters got his first acting job on TV on Northern Exposure, in which he appeared for two episodes as a bellboy and a church minister. He has made guest appearances on television series such as Andromeda, as well as the independent films Chance (2002), Winding Roads (1999), and the 2005 USA Network movie Cool Money. In 1999, he had a small role in the remake of House on Haunted Hill as a TV cameraman.
- Has played two of Superman's arch enemies. On the TV series _"Smallville"(2001), he played Milton Fine, AKA "Brainiac." In the animated video _Superman/Doomsday (2007)_, he played the voice role of Lex Luthor.
- His appearance at the 2002 Shore Leave sci-fi convention was so popular that a great number of fans had to watch his Q&A sessions from specially set up monitors outside the conference hall. Despite the almost Beatlemania-like overcrowding at the event, he stayed on for over 2 hours after he was scheduled to leave to ensure every single fan who'd waited in line got an autograph.
- Has one son, Sullivan (born in 1996), with ex-wife Liane Davidson.
- Loves filming the violent scenes and stunt work on "Buffy" and takes great pride in doing his own stunts
- Fronted a band called Ghost of the Robot. The band's first album, "Mad Brilliant," was released in February 2003. After just over two years together, he dissolved the group to pursue a solo performing and recording career. His first solo CD, "Civilized Man," was released during his sell-out 2005 European tour.
- He says Spike is the best role he's ever had because he's been able to play so many different sides of him.
- Originally his Spike character from _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) was supposed to be killed during his first season on Buffy, but due to his very high popularity fan base for the show, they kept him on the show instead.
- He lived at one point (possibly still living there) in a house right on the beach. He once said during an interview that the worst part of living there was that because of his role on _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv), he couldn't go out on the beach for any length of time because he'd pick up a tan.