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James Marsters

James Marsters became a favorite of fans around the world when he played the character Spike, a punk-Goth vampire on the critically acclaimed television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After six seasons on Buffy, he continued the role on the equally popular spin-off Angel. Marsters has received numerous nominations and awards, including the Spacey award, the Saturn Award, the Cinescape Face of the Future award, the Golden Satellite Award, and the Teen Choice Award.

He co-starred in the feature film P.S. I Love You, a love story also starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Kathy Bates. His other feature film credits include The House on Haunted Hill, Winding Roads and the independent thriller Chance and Shadow Puppets.

Marsters' additional television work includes a starring role in the original television film, Cool Money, a role as the indefatigable Kryptonian villain Braniac on the popular series Smallville, and guest starring roles on The Mountain, Saving Grace, Strange Frequency, Millennium, Andromeda and Without a Trace. He most recently was seen in the two-part Lifetime original movie The Capture of the Green River Killer.

Born in the remote northern California logging town of Greenville and raised in Modesto, Marsters knew he wanted to be an actor after making his debut as Eeyore in a fourth grade production of Winnie the Pooh. After honing his skills through his high school drama department, he studied at New York's prestigious Juilliard School. Marsters began his professional theatrical career in Chicago, performing in stage productions such as The Tempest and Red Noses at Chicago's renowned Goodman Theater. He formed and ran successful theater companies in both Chicago and Seattle.

It was while living in Seattle that Marsters was cast to guest star on the television series Northern Exposure. This inspired him to move to Los Angeles. Within months he was sinking his proverbial teeth into the role of Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Marsters is also a successful singer/songwriter who for two years was the front man of Ghost of the Robot, a band that enjoyed sold out tours around the world before disbanding in 2004. That same year, Marsters' musical interests took yet another exciting turn as he performed solo acoustic concerts of his own material. In conjunction with the release of his first solo album in 2005, Civilized Man, Marsters enjoyed a triumphant solo tour of the United Kingdom and Australia, selling out every performance to enthusiastic crowds. He continues to perform both international tours as well as in U.S. clubs whenever his schedule permits.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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James Marsters Facts

Birth NameJames Wesley Marters
BirthdayAugust 20, 1969 (53)
BirthplaceGreenville, California, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is James Marsters compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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