James Marsters

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James Marsters
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Birth name James Wesley Marsters
Born August 20, 1962 in Greenville, California, USA
Notable Roles Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike
Angel: Spike
Notable Episodes Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 5x07 - Fool for Love
Awards 1 Saturn Award
2 SFX Awards

James Marsters is an American actor most famous for his role as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spin-off series Angel.

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Biography

James Marsters was born in Greenville, California on August 20, 1962 and moved to Modesto shortly after with his family. After gaining an interest in theatre during high school, Marsters studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 1980 before moving on to Juilliard Drama School in 1982.

Upon graduation from Julliard, Marsters moved to Chicago, where he performed with theatrical groups such as the Northlight and the Bailiwick before creating his own company in the late 1980s, Genesis Theatre Company. In 1989, he appeared in the 6-hour drama, Incorruptible: The Life, Death and Dreams of Maximilian de Robespierre in the title role, for which he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award. In 1990, Marsters moved to Seattle, where he established another company entitled New Mercury Theatre.

It wasn't until 1992 when Marsters first appeared on television as a guest star in the series Northern Exposure, which filmed in the Washington area. He made several other guest appearances before auditioning for the part of Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In an interview with Dreamwatch Magazine (#107), Marsters mentioned that he figured that he would have been sidekick to Juliet Landau's character and later killed off until an episode that he was called back to as a single character, rather than part of a duo. In the fourth season of the series, Marsters was added as a billed actor and remained there until the series finale.

In 2003, following the ending of Buffy, Marsters reprised his role as Spike on Angel, the spin-off series to Buffy. After Angel was ultimately cancelled in 2004, Marsters focused on his musical career in both a rock band named "Ghost of the Robot" and his own solo career before coming back to television in 2005 on another WB series, Smallville. Marsters took up the role of Milton Fine, an alias of the robot Brainiac.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 1999–2003 4 5 6 7
The Enforcers Sullivan McManus 2001 miniseries
Angel Spike 2003–2004 5
The Capture of the Green River Killer Ted Bundy 2008 miniseries

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Northern Exposure Bellhop 3x21 - It Happened in Juneau May 4, 1992
Northern Exposure Reverend Harding 4x14 - Grosse Point, 48230 February 1, 1993
Medicine Ball Mickey Collins 1x04 - Heart and Sole April 10, 1995
Moloney Billy O'Hara 1x14 - Herniated Nick February 6, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x03 - School Hard September 29, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x06 - Halloween October 27, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x07 - Lie to Me November 3, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x09 - What's My Line? (1) November 17, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x10 - What's My Line? (2) November 24, 1997
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x13 - Surprise (1) January 19, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x14 - Innocence (2) January 20, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x16 - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered February 10, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x15 - Passion February 24, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x19 - I Only Have Eyes for You April 28, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x21 - Becoming (1) May 12, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 2x22 - Becoming (2) May 19, 1998
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 3x08 - Lover's Walk November 24, 1998
Millennium Eric Swan 3x11 - Collateral Damage January 22, 1999
Angel Spike 1x03 - In the Dark October 19, 1999
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 4x03 - The Harsh Light of Day October 19, 1999
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike 4x06 - Wild at Heart November 9, 1999
Angel Spike 2x07 - Darla November 14, 2000
Strange Frequency Mitch Brand 1x01 - Soul Man August 18, 2001
Andromeda Charlemagne Bolivar 2x09 - Into the Labyrinth November 26, 2001
Biography Himself 17x01 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer May 14, 2003
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Sergei 1x04 - Tight Squeeze July 25, 2003
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Sergei 1x12 - Mind Games (1) August 15, 2003
The Mountain Ted Tunney 1x08 - A Piece of the Rock November 21, 2004
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x01 - Arrival September 29, 2005
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x04 - Aqua October 20, 2005
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x05 - Thirst October 27, 2005
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x07 - Splinter November 10, 2005
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x08 - Solitude November 17, 2005
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x16 - Hypnotic March 30, 2006
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x21 - Oracle May 4, 2006
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 5x22 - Vessel May 11, 2006
Space Top 10 Countdown Himself 2x03 - Chicks That Kick February 25, 2007
Saving Grace Dudley Payne 1x02 - Bring It On, Earl July 30, 2007
Without a Trace Det. Grant Mars 6x01 - Lost Boy September 27, 2007
Without a Trace Det. Grant Mars 6x02 - Clean Up October 4, 2007
Without a Trace Det. Grant Mars 6x09 - One Wrong Move December 6, 2007
Torchwood Capt. John Hart 2x01 - Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang January 16, 2008
Without a Trace Det. Grant Mars 6x12 - Article 32 January 17, 2008
Torchwood Declassified Himself 2x01 - Episode 201 January 23, 2008
Smallville Prof. Milton Fine 7x10 - Persona January 31, 2008
Torchwood Capt. John Hart 2x13 - Exit Wounds April 2, 2008
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Captain Argyus 1x09 - Cloak of Darkness December 5, 2008
NUMB3RS Damian Lake 5x15 - Guilt Trip February 13, 2009
Lie to Me Pollack 2x02 - Truth or Consequences October 5, 2009
The Super Hero Squad Show Mr. Fantastic 1x12 - If This Be My Thanos October 24, 2009
The Super Hero Squad Show Mr. Fantastic 1x25 - Last Exit Before Doomsday February 13, 2010
The Super Hero Squad Show Mr. Fantastic 1x26 - This Al Dente Earth February 20, 2010
Caprica Barnabas Greeley 1x05 - Know Thy Enemy March 5, 2010
Caprica Barnabas Greeley 1x08 - End of Line March 26, 2010
Hawaii Five-0 (2010) Victor Hesse 1x01 - Pilot September 20, 2010
Caprica Barnabas Greeley 1x09 - Unvanquished October 5, 2010
Smallville Brainiac 5 10x04 - Homecoming October 15, 2010

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Winding Roads Billy Johnson October 7, 1999
Cool Money Bobby Comfort March 19, 2005
Moonshot Buzz Aldrin July 20, 2009
High Plains Invaders Sam Danville August 30, 2009

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Hollywood Squares (1998) April 17-21, 2000
Politically Incorrect Show 41 June 7, 2000
Hollywood Squares (1998) July 9-13, 2001
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest Show 37 April 2, 2004
The Sharon Osbourne Show Show 127 April 23, 2004
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest Show 53 April 27, 2004

Awards and Accolades

Satellite Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama (2003)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Saturn Awards

(7 Nominations, 3 Won)

  • Nominated: Best Genre TV Supporting Actor (2000)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor on Television (2001)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Won: Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award, Male (2002)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2002)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2003)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2004)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor on Television (2005)
Angel

SFX Awards

(2 Nominations, 2 Won)

  • Won: Best Comedy Performance (2002)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Won: Best TV Actor (2002)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Teen Choice Awards

(3 Nominations)

  • Nominated: TV - Choice Sidekick (2000)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Nominated: TV - Choice Actor, Drama (2002)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Nominated: Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure (2003)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer