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James Wesley Marsters was born on the 20th August 1962, in Greenville, California USA and is a stage and movie actor, producer and musician. He is best known for his roles of Spike in the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spin-off “Angel”. His other notable appearances include in “Smallville” and the “Doctor Who” spin-off TV series “Torchwood”, as well as the support role of John in the 2007 romantic drama “P.S. I Love You”, featuring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank in the leading roles.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this multitalented performer has accumulated so far? How rich James Marsters is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of James Marsters’s net worth, as of early 2017, exceeds the sum of $5 million, acquired through his acting career which has been active since 1987.

James Marsters Net Worth $5 million

James was one of three children of a social worker and a United Methodist Church’s minister. He attended Grace M. Davis High School where he joined its theatre group, his interest in acting dating back to his fourth grade when he was cast as Eeyore in a “Winnie the Pooh” school stageplay. In 1980, he enrolled at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, then after relocating to New York City, in 1982 James enrolled at the prestigious Juilliard School where he spent the next two years, crafting and honing his acting skills. His next stop was Chicago, Illinois where he began his professional acting career, debuting in the role of Ferdinand in Goodman Theatre’s “The Tempest” play in 1987. In the course of the next several years, he performed with several companies, such as the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre as well as with his own Genesis Theatre Company. For his portrayal of Robespierre in “Incorruptible: The Life, Death and Dreams of Maximillian de Robespierre”, a 1989 six-hour historical drama stageplay, James was honored with a Joseph Jefferson Award. These ventures provided the basis for James Marsters’ net worth and established a path to a prominent acting career.

In 1990 James, alongside Greg Musick and Liane Davidson founded New Mercury Theatre in Seattle, Washington, within which he appeared in over a dozen plays such as “Misalliance” and “Antigone”. In 1992, Marsters debuted on the small screen with side roles of church minister and a bellboy in two episodes of “Northern Exposure”. However, the real breakthrough in Marsters’ acting career came in 1997, with the role of Spike in the Warner Bros’ TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Although the initial plan was for Spike – evil and dirty vampire – to be killed after just a couple of episodes, due to huge, positive fan base’s response, the producer decided to keep the character, who eventually became Buffy’s romantic partner. James reprised his role of Spike in the series’ spin-off “Angel” between 1999 and 2004, and certainly the two latter engagements helped James Marsters to dramatically boost his career as well as his net worth.

Between 2005 and 2010, James appeared as Milton Fine as well as Brainiac and Brainiac 5 in the Superman-inspired TV series “Smallville”. Marsters has also appeared in several other popular TV series and sitcoms, including “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, “Numb3rs”, “Kaprika”, “Supernatural”, as well as “Witches of East End”, “Hawaii Five-0” and “Vidiots”.

Apart from his on-camera career, James Marsters is still active in the theatre, having also produced over 70 stageplays.

Besides acting, James Marsters is also an accomplished musician – he was the frontman and lead singer of Ghost of the Robot band, and has also performed as a solo artist in LA’s club scene for years. As a solo musician, James has released two studio albums – “Civilized Man” in 2005 and “Like a Waterfall” in 2007. Doubtlessly, all these achievements have just increased James Marsters’ popularity as well as his revenues by a large margin.

When it comes to his personal life, Marsters was married to Liane Davidson between 1989 and 1997, with whom he has one son. Since 2011, he has been married to a fellow actress, and producer, Patricia Jasmin Rahman.

James Wesley Marsters information

James Wesley Marsters information

Birth date: August 20, 1962
Birth place: Greenville, California, United States
Height:1.75 m
Profession:Voice Actor, Writer, Musician
Education:Juilliard School, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
Nationality:American
Spouse:Patricia Rahman (m. 2011), Liane Davidson (m. 1989–1997)
Children:Sullivan Marsters
Siblings:Susan Marsters, Paul Marsters
Music groups:Ghost of the Robot (Since 2002)

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abruptio2018filmingLes Hackel
Vidiots2016TV SeriesJames Marsters
New Life2016William Morton
Tales from the Underworld: A Knight with Cruella2016Video shortMordred
Dudes & Dragons2015Lord Tensley
Billie Bob Joe2015James Marsters
The Devil You Know2015TV Mini-SeriesRev. George Burroughs
Hawaii Five-02010-2014TV SeriesVictor Hesse
Witches of East End2014TV SeriesMason Tarkoff
Metal Hurlant Chronicles2012-2014TV SeriesDoc Rowan / Brad Davis
Ultimate Spider-Man2013TV SeriesKorvac Chitauri #3
Warehouse 132013TV SeriesSutton Professor Sutton
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2013TV SeriesDandy Highwayman / Librarian / Man 2
Wedding Band2013TV SeriesDeclan Horn
Three Inches2011TV MovieTroy Hamilton
Supernatural2011TV SeriesDon Stark
The Super Hero Squad Show2009-2011TV SeriesMr. Fantastic
DC Universe Online2011Video GameLex Luthor (voice)
Smallville2005-2010TV SeriesMilton Fine Brainiac Brainiac 5
Caprica2010TV SeriesBarnabas Greeley
Lie to Me2009TV SeriesJay Pollack
High Plains Invaders2009TV MovieSam Danville
Real Heroes: Firefighter2009Video GameJimmy 'Match' Morris (voice)
Moonshot2009TV MovieBuzz Aldrin
Dragonball: Evolution2009Lord Piccolo
Numb3rs2009TV SeriesDamian Lake
Star Wars: The Clone Wars2008TV SeriesCaptain Argyus
The Capture of the Green River Killer2008TV Mini-SeriesTed Bundy
Torchwood2008TV SeriesCaptain John Hart
Without a Trace2007-2008TV SeriesDetective Grant Mars
P.S. I Love You2007John
Superman/Doomsday2007VideoLex Luthor (voice)
Saving Grace2007TV SeriesDudley Payne
Shadow Puppets2007Jack
Cool Money2005TV MovieBobby Comfort
The Mountain2004TV SeriesTed Tunney
Angel1999-2004TV SeriesSpike
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds2003Video GameSpike (voice)
Spider-Man2003TV SeriesSergei
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1997-2003TV SeriesSpike
Strange Frequency 22003TV MovieMitch (segment "Soul Man")
Chance2002Simon
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2002Video GameSpike (voice)
Andromeda2001TV SeriesCharlemagne Bolivar
Strange Frequency2001TV SeriesMitch Brand
The Enforcers2001TV Mini-SeriesSullivan McManus
House on Haunted Hill1999Channel 3 Cameraman
Winding Roads1999Billy Johnson
Millennium1999TV SeriesEric Swan
Moloney1997TV SeriesBilly O'Hara
Medicine Ball1995TV SeriesMickey Collins
Northern Exposure1992-1993TV SeriesReverend Harding / Bellhop

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vidiots2016TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vidiots2016TV Series 2 episodes
James Marsters: Words and Music2005Video

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vidiots2016TV Series 1 episode
James Marsters: Words and Music2005Video uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998-2001TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kessi Blue2016Short co-director

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
James Marsters: Words and Music2005Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Back in the Jacket: A Smallville Homecoming2011Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Buffy': Season 4 Overview2003Video documentary shortHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHimself
'Buffy': Season 3 Overview2003Video documentary shortHimself
HypaSpace2002TV Series documentaryHimself
'Buffy': Season 2 Overview2002Video documentary shortHimself
Politically Incorrect2001-2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2000-2001TV SeriesHimself
All Access Pass2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Why We (Heart) Vampires2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tweet Out2013TV SeriesHimself
Back in the Jacket: A Smallville Homecoming2011Video documentary shortHimself
Picture Perfect: The Making of the Pilot2011Video shortHimself
FedCon XIX: Beyond Imagination2010DocumentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself
Torchwood Declassified2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Space Top 10 Countdown2007TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
'Angel': The Final Season2005Video documentaryHimself
James Marsters: Words and Music2005VideoHimself
2nd Annual Spaceys2004TV SpecialHimself
'Buffy': Season 7 Overview2004Video documentary shortHimself
'Buffy': Season 6 Overview2004Video documentary shortHimself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Reality Quest2004Documentary shortHimself
'Buffy': Season 5 Overview2003Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesLord Piccolo
Smallville2008-2011TV SeriesBrainiac
'Angel': Season One2003Video documentary shortSpike (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor in a Television SeriesBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2004SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest TV ActorBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2003SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Science Fiction or Fantasy ActorBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002Cinescape Genre Face of the Future AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USAMaleBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)
2002SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Comedy PerformanceBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest TV ActorBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2001Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Genre AwardSyFy Portal Genre AwardsBest Special GuestTorchwood (2006)
2005Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionAngel (1999)
2003Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor in a Television SeriesBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, DramaBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2003Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor - Drama/Action AdventureBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor in a Television SeriesBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2002Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice Actor, DramaBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Genre TV Supporting ActorBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
2000Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice SidekickBuffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)
2001Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Male TV Star (TV-Star m)


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#Fact
1As of 2016 he has been the narrator on 15 audio books of Jim Butcher's 'The Dresden Files' as well as the shorts in the the anthology 'Side Jobs'. He is so much the character of Harry Dresden that when a scheduling conflict did not allow for his reading of book number 13 'Ghost Story', and it was read instead by John Glover, fan outcry and a desire for continuity caused the book to be re-recorded with Marsters and re-released four years later. While Glover did a fine job of the reading, Marsters is truly an actor with his voice in these books, with each character recognizable from the other and from one book to another, allowing the listener to become familiar and invested in them all.
2Auditioned for a role in True Blood (2008) but was deemed "not tall enough" for the part by the producers. Claims it was the first time he was willing to portray another vampire.
3Has starred in three of the WB television series that continued in comic book form: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Smallville (2001) and Angel (1999).
4Finished filming "The Pierre Heist" (Cool Money (2005)) in Toronto. He played the lead, "Bobby Comfort". It is a TV movie that is rumoured to air in January or February of 2005. [November 2004]
5His movie Cool Money (2005) (formerly The Pierre Heist) will air in March 2005. [March 2005]
6Will be guest-starring on the upcoming series 5 of The WB's Smallville (2001). [July 2005]
7Filming for Torchwood (2006) season 2 in Cardiff and doing a concert at The Point 21/7. Also, appears in an episode of TNT's new series Saving Grace (2007). [June 2007]
8At a recent convention, announced he has been given the opportunity to do his dream - a movie version of Macbeth. Currently he's working on adapting the Bard's famous tragedy for the big screen. Sadly, there has been talk that the movie's funding had fallen through. [July 2004]
9Marsters was booked to be a Guest of Honor at Fright Night Film Festival, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, on 29 June-1 July, 2012.
10Graduated High School with a 3.8 GPA.
11Engaged to Patricia Rahman [May 21, 2010].
12Has 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".
13Is the first live-action actor to play the comic book villain Brainiac from the Superman comics.
14Is the legal guardian of his niece.
15Auditioned for the part of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
16Is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed.
17Enjoys playing the guitar, watching football, and spending time with friends at the beach.
18According to both Marina Sirtis and Joss Whedon, he tested for the role of Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). In order for him to have time off to film the movie, his character was sent to Africa at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)'s sixth season.
19He says his personal strength is patience while his personal weakness is his temper
20He says Spike is the best role he's ever had because he's been able to play so many different sides of him.
21One of his favorite books is "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.".
22His favorite playwright is Anton Chekhov.
23Loves filming the violent scenes and stunt work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and takes great pride in doing his own stunts.
24Was asked to audition with both a Cockney accent and a Southern accent, as the writers/producers hadn't decided which they wanted Spike to be
25Was one of the three actors called in to audition for the role of Spike opposite Juliet Landau.
26Originally, his BtVS character of Spike was supposed to be Creole, and James practiced a Bayou accent. But almost at the last minute, producer Joss Whedon decided Spike should be British.
27Named #1 of the Top Ten Sexiest Men of the Buffy / Angel universe in a fan poll by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanzine (2004).
28Just as his character's human counterpart from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), he is also a writer in real-life. He and comic book writer/novelist Christopher Golden teamed up in 1999 for Dark Horse Comics' "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike & Dru" comic book tie-in miniseries. It is now reprinted as a graphic novel.
29The Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford, England, held a 2004 poll asking movie viewers to vote for the actor and actress they would most like to see in the roles of Romeo and Juliet. The winners were Marsters and Keira Knightley. More than 2,000 people voted for more than 150 different actors for both roles. Marsters, a Shakespearean actor, triumphed over Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. Speaking from his Californian home, Marsters said, "I'm flattered and excited that people would think of me for the role of Romeo. I think the themes of violence and social disintegration are as important today as they were in Shakespeare's day." (April 23, 2004)
30Has two siblings. One older sister (Susan, born 1960) and one younger brother (Paul, born 1964).
31Has one son, Sullivan (born in 1996), with ex-wife Liane Davidson.
32Originally his Spike character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) 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.
33His favorite Buffy episode is Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling (2001).
34Has produced more than 70 plays.
35Has long harbored a desire to direct a film adaptation of "Macbeth." He frequently cites the Shakespeare tragedy as his favorite play.
36One of his first major theater roles was a Chicago production of "The Tempest," in which he was strapped near-naked to a large wooden wheel for his entrance. He claims that he has never been self-conscious about appearing nude since.
37Spent the first ten years of his professional acting career in the theater (at various times in New York, Chicago and Seattle).
38His 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.
39Fronted 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.
40He 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), he couldn't go out on the beach for any length of time because he'd pick up a tan.
41Has a HUGE cult following in the Sci-Fi/fantasy community. There are (literally) hundreds of websites dedicated to him and his immensely popular vampire character 'Spike' on the internet.
42Was recognizable in public chiefly for his platinum-blond-bleached hair. He had to bleach his hair regularly to play Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). In a famous "Entertainment Weekly" interview, he admitted to adding four to seven packets of Sweet 'n' Low to the bleaching solution, to take the sting out. When the show ended, Marsters had his bleached hair shaved on TV (to sell for charity) and reverted back to his normal brown hair.
43While doing regional theatre in Chicago, he co-founded the New Mercury Theatre company (named after Orson Welles's "Mercury Theatre"). In 1990, New Mercury's founders packed the operation up and relocated to Seattle in the hopes of finding more opportunity; they played there for a number of years, using any available space, including the basements of restaurants and churches, but eventually found themselves a more permanent space near Pioneer Square.
44Studied at Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre.
45Graduated from Davis High School in Modesto, California.
46Won the Sexiest Male Vampire Award at the Nocturnal 2K Convention in London, England. [July 2000]
47Gained the scar on his left eyebrow when he was mugged whilst living in Queens

#Quote
1[on being turned down for a role in True Blood (2008)] It was the first time I was willing to play another vampire (...) I was gonna have to fight one of the leads [possibly Alexander Skarsgård] and I was just like, 'I wanted to go to the director and say, 'Uh, Mr. [Alan] Ball, I kind of make my bread and butter by fighting tall guys. Ask Tom Welling, ask David Boreanaz, ask John Barrowman, you know? That's kind of what I do."
2[on Sarah Michelle Gellar being "Team Angel"] "Well, I have to say, I really messed with her a lot, so perhaps there's more to her choice than just what happened on the show, I grew up as a subversive artist, and you have to be so polite to the lead on a film all the time - whether they're nice or not - so something about that stuck in my craw and I would, sometimes, lovingly mess with her. It's mean, but I couldn't help myself. So, maybe I understand why she said that."
3(on John Barrowman in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang] He's got so much energy. He's just like the character! He's very intelligent. He's a natural born leader. He'll save you if you need to be saved. If you need help he'll go out of his way to make sure you're ok as he did with me. I blew a stunt and I was bleeding through my costume the next day but I didn't want anyone to know that I'd blown the stunt the night before. So he got his personal doctor to come and stitch me up and get me all ready to shoot, so that the producers didn't have to find out.
4Regarding which of his own stunts he does and does not do: I don't fall. If my feet leave the floor, that ain't me.
5About his Millennium appearance: I was really honored because I noticed that the lead, Lance, I noticed him in Alien 2, you know, and he broke my heart. In that movie, I mean, how can you break a guy's heart in the middle of all that blood? You know, but he's really one of the best actors we have. And I went on [Millennium] and the whole crew, the show is a lot like Buffy in that it strays toward cinema. It tries to be as good as a movie, and what that means is that everyone works really hard. This is the joke name of Buffy in Hollywood: Buffy the Weekend Slayer. Because we start at 4:00 in the morning on Monday and we leave the set about 6:00 in the morning on Saturday. And with Millennium, it's just that much. The joke about Millennium was that there's two shots for every shot that they use. They shoot many more set-ups than they even cut to. And everyone was apologizing to me: 'Sorry we're not nicer, we're just kinda stressed out right now.' And, I don't know, I've never seen people work harder and be nicer about it, and I was honored to be on the set frankly.
6[on refusing to take his shirt off for fans at conventions] Nobody was interested until the episode when I kissed Buffy, then wham. (March 29, 2005)
7[on hearing of plans to bring the Spike character back for a third WB series] As long as I could do it within, say, the next four or five years. Past that, I'm too old. Spike's a vampire, man, and I've got high standards - you have to believe that the guy has not aged since we met him. There's a little poetic license, but I don't want to get into a situation where the script says, "Well, he was drinking pig blood and he aged." (March 3, 2005)
8[on the difference between playing Spike in _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)_ and playing Brainiac in Smallville (2001):] One important thing is that Brainiac is always smiling. He's so good at what he does, he's enjoying himself... He's a very intelligent character. Spike was not stupid, but I don't think his hallmark quality was vast reserves of intelligence - charm, good hair, maybe, but not intelligence. And this man is very good at lying, which Spike never was. [October 15, 2005]
9What I noticed was that when I go on the Internet, or used to, my head would swell. Why am I an actor? God knows but some of it has got to be the need for acceptance and stuff, right? So I'm just drawn to that stuff like honey and at some point I just had to say, 'James, get off the 'Net, go back, clean your toilet.' Now I find I'm like a mentor to the guys in the band because they're tasting it now too. And I'm like, 'Charlie, get off the Internet. Get off your fan site now. You're losing it.' And he's like, 'Yeah, boss, right.'
10I have not, just because -- see this brings up a very interesting thing, I don't have a computer, because it so -- it's like bourbon, going to a fan site you know, it makes you feel so puffed up about yourself and so cool, and I promised myself when Joss asked me to come on the show as a regular, I hung up the phone after screaming like an idiot and then like I didn't even pretend to be cool, I sat down and I was like 'okay, I'm gonna be getting a lot of money, I'm gonna be getting a lot of fame, but the most important thing is if I can keep from becoming an asshole'.
11I don't have a computer - I don't like to get into it that much 'cause it can screw with your head a little.
12I don't know much about the internet, I'm afraid.
13[about Episode 6-19, "Seeing Red," the scene in which Spike tries to rape Buffy:] That was the hardest day of my life. I have turned roles down because they are rapists. It's something I don't even want to watch. If I even click on it on TV, I have to click it off or I'll put my foot through the screen... What you see on that screen is just my terror at having to do that scene. There's not really any acting going on and I haven't watched the scene. I've seen little clips. You know, 'previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' They show it sometimes and I'm always like, 'Oh, God.' ... The writers are fabulous, but when I showed up on set that day I told them: 'Sometimes you guys just don't know what you do. You just do not know what you're asking us...' I'm proud of it artistically, but as a human being I never, never, never want to do a scene like that again and I will always refuse because I know what it does to me. [United Press International, June 11, 2003]
14[on getting cast in Angel (1999)] "I danced a jig when they invited me back. I love doing Buffy and Angel [Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999)]. You get to hit people, man. On Angel, the creators are the same guys [Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt] as on Buffy. David Boreanaz, of course, was there too. I was nervous the first day that I shot "Angel" because I had only played Spike on Buffy once in about two years [Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lovers Walk (1998)]. In fact, I had to review tapes to find the character again. But once I got on the set, I was in full vamp makeup, fighting David again. So it really felt like old times." (1999)
15[on Anthony Head] "I can't say enough about Anthony - he is one of the better actors I've ever worked with. He is the shit. He does the heavy lifting for the show with all that exposition. Every week he has to convince us that the world is going to come to an end again and again. He's got to talk about the Box of Tathor or the Talisman of Nigeria or whatever and sell it. He has to give it weight so it doesn't seem repetitious. He does that every time so well. And I knew Spike was a cool character when Anthony said so. So I had always wanted to do a scene with him." (May 2000)
16[on being cast as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] "The character was supposed to die in three to five episodes. We did three and I didn't die. We did two more and I didn't die. In the script for the fifth episode, I got conked on the head with an organ, and said, 'Well, that's it - I'm dead.' Then they sent me another script and I was back. It was a pleasant surprise that I didn't die, because I was fully expecting to. All I really wanted was a good body count and a good death, but lo and behold, I got a career." (May 2000)
17[on whether he would be interested in returning his character Spike to the Angel (1999) universe:] "I have no idea what's in the future - but what I do know is that I play a vampire, and the clock is ticking on how long this face can be believably exactly the same as when we met him [seven years previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)]. If they want to do something, let's not wait too long." (10 May 2004)
18[on the ending of his role as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999)] "David [David Boreanaz] and I are from theater. We're used to shows being really wonderful and then they're over. You have to be able to reconcile that or everything's sad. Yeah, it was a fabulous job, wow. I've had great jobs before and I'll have other great jobs in my future." (2 May 2004)
19[on his role as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] "Joss Whedon said to me, 'If you think you are taking over the show, you have got another think coming.' He said, 'You are here only because I don't want to kill a villain off every week. I want my villains to be more interesting and multifaceted and then die.'" (May 2, 2004)
20[on his role as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999)] "This job is so far beyond any expectations I had. I mean, I'm on a postage stamp in Russia [issued in Karakalpakia, a region within the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Uzbekistan]. There's no way you can plan for that. You just have to sit back and giggle and go, 'Oh, wow.'" (2 May 2004)
21Within the walls of these conventions, I am Leonardo DiCaprio...when I step out of that situation, I am just another actor.
22I am a lucky regional theater actor who happened to get a good role.
23Sex is part of the human experience and if you are going to be an actor and a storyteller to tell human stories, that's going to be part of it because, frankly, it's the central thing in all our lives.
24(on getting the part of Spike) "I walked in there thinking I was the s***, swaggering around, among other Spikes...and I got up in the middle of the room with all these Spikes, and started doing Shakespeare. They all pulled back, and I told them, 'Can't do that? Good luck in there.' It was MY role. I took it by the throat."
25Chekov man, it's all the same thing. Chekov and Buffy the Vampire Slayer - it's all about beautiful losers.
26"It's just me and a guitar, so I'm not going to be doing a lot of Smashing Pumpkins. I do Tom Waits, Neil Young, Bob Dylan. That's all the good stuff, man. That's when they had good songs written for just voice and guitar. I wish I could do Johnny Lee Hooker (John Lee Hooker), but I'm not that good." - on his acoustic performance at 14 Below, Santa Monica on 29th August 2000.
27[on his British accent in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)] "I patterned the accent after this guy I was in a play with, but that was three years ago. Now I'm listening to Tony Head [Anthony Head; Giles in "Buffy"], who sounds kind of like Spike in real life. It's much more tough-guy talk in real life. His accent [as Giles] is just as fake as mine. His is nice and gritty, but it's not North London. I'm always afraid that I'm morphing over into Tony Head, wherever he's from."
28All I wanted when I came on the show was a good body count and a good death. That's all.


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