1. He is best known for portraying eccentric characters in films such as the landmark independent drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape .
2. His best-known television roles are those of attorney Alan Shore in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal , and Robert California in the comedy-mockumentary The Office.
3. Spader was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the youngest of three children.
4. However, he did not rise to stardom until 1986, when he played the rich, arrogant playboy Steff in Pretty in Pink.
5. He co-starred in Mannequin , in which he played a drug dealer named Rip.
6. Supporting roles in films such as Baby Boom , in which he played a sexual voyeur who complicates the lives of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana residents.
7. For this performance, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
8. In 1994, he starred as Egyptologist Daniel Jackson in the sci-fi film Stargate.
9. In 1996, he played car accident fetishist James Ballard in the controversial Canadian film Crash and assassin Lee Woods in 2 Days in the Valley.
10. In 1997, Spader guest starred in the Seinfeld episode “The Apology”, as an angry recovering alcoholic who refuses to apologize to George for making fun of him.
11. In 2000, he played a drug-addicted detective tracking down a serial killer in The Watcher.
12. In 2002, he starred as a sadistic boss in the critically acclaimed film Secretary.
13. From 2004 to 2008, Spader starred as Alan Shore in the series Boston Legal, in which he reprised his role from the television series The Practice.
14. He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2004 for his portrayal on The Practice and won it again in 2005 and 2007 for Boston Legal. With the 2005 win, he became one of only a few actors to win an Emmy award while playing the same character in two different series.
15. Even rarer, he won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two different series.
16. He also won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Boston Legal in 2006.
17. He has also done the voice-over in several television commercials for Acura. In March 2011, he was named to star in the film By Virtue Fall, written and to be directed by Sheldon Turner.
18. Spader guest starred as Robert California in “Search Committee”, the season 7 finale of The Office.
19. On June 27, 2011, it was announced that he would join the cast on a permanent basis.
20. Spader stars in the NBC series The Blacklist, which premiered on NBC September 23, 2013.