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James Marsters

Highest Rated:   57% Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Lowest Rated:   14% Dragonball Evolution (2009)
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Birthplace:   Greenville, California, USA
An unlikely candidate to end up as immortal vampire Spike on Joss Whedon's popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (in addition to reprising his role for the spin-off series Angel), former stage actor James Marsters got his start in the spotlight by performing in such Shakespeare classics as The Tempest before donning fangs to portray the conflicted bloodsucker who eventually falls for the one girl sworn to do battle with the undead. Marsters was born in the Northern California logging town of Greenville, later moving with his family and spending much of his childhood in nearby Modesto. From his grade-school stage debut as Eeyore in a production of Winnie the Pooh, the aspiring thespian knew that he had the talent and drive to become an actor. After studying his craft at New York's renowned Juilliard School of the Arts, he set his sites on Chicago, making a name for himself with impressive performances at the Goodman Theater before heading west to Los Angeles. The talented stage actor made a transition to the small screen when he made an appearance on the popular series Northern Exposure in 1992, with a few other minor television roles preceding his rise to fame on the wildly popular Buffy. Though his character, Spike, was originally supposed to be killed off during his first season on the show, he proved so popular that he was kept on and eventually made a regular. In addition to his appearances on Buffy and Angel, Marsters also found time to act in a pair of independent films entitled Winding Roads and Chance. While fans of his character on Buffy may have been saddened when that series wound to a close, they could take some solace in the fact that he would return as the mischievous Spike in the 2003-2004 season of successful spin-off Angel. Marsters' other small-screen roles included appearances in Strange Frequency and Andromeda, as well as voice work on the animated television series Spider-Man in 2003. In addition to his theater roles, Marsters maintained an entirely different stage persona as a member of the rock band Ghost of the Robot.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% New Life
  • William Morton
2016
No Score Yet Dragon Warriors
  • Lord Tensley
2014
No Score Yet Three Inches
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet High Plains Invaders (Alien Attack)(Alien Western)
  • Sam Phoenix
2009
14% Dragonball Evolution
  • Lord Piccolo
$9.4M 2009
No Score Yet Moonshot
  • Buzz Aldrin
2009
No Score Yet The Capture of the Green River Killer
  • Ted Bundy
2008
24% P.S. I Love You
  • John McCarthy
$53.6M 2007
57% Superman: Doomsday
  • Lex Luthor
2007
No Score Yet Shadow Puppets
  • Jack
2007
No Score Yet Cool Money
  • Bobby Comfort
2005
No Score Yet Chance
  • Simon
2002
No Score Yet Strange Frequency 2
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Buffy Musical: Once More with Singing
  • Actor
2001
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Channel 3 Cameraman
1999
No Score Yet Winding Roads
  • Billy Johnson
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Metal Hurlant Chronicles
2012-2014
  • Brad Davis
  • 2014
70% Witches of East End
2013-2014
  • Tarkoff
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Victor Hesse Victor Hess
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Professor Sutton
  • 2013
54% Wedding Band
2012-2013
  • Declan Horn
  • 2013
92% Supernatural
2005
  • Donald
  • 2011
No Score Yet Three Inches
2011
  • Troy Hamilton
  • 2011
80% Caprica
2010
  • Barnabas Barnabas Greeley Barnabus Greeley
  • 2010
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Braniac Brainiac Prof. Milton Fine/Brainiac Prof. Milton Fine
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Pollack
  • 2009
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Damian Lake
  • 2009
88% Torchwood
2007-2011
  • Capt. John Hart Captain John Hart
  • 2008
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Det. Grant Mars Grant Mars
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Spike
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997

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