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.
- Named #1 of the Top Ten Sexiest Men of the Buffy / Angel universe in a fan poll by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanzine (2004).
- 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.
- Is the first live-action actor to play the comic book villain Brainiac from the Superman comics.
- Spent the first ten years of his professional acting career in the theater (at various times in New York, Chicago and Seattle).
- Auditioned for the part of Praetor Shinzon in _Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)_ (qv).
- One of his favorite books is "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.".
- 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.
- Has one son, Sullivan (born in 1996), with ex-wife Liane Davidson.