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13 Reasons James Spader Is The Baddest Bad Boy Ever

Nobody can resist a good bad boy. Get a weekly dose of Spader as the ultimate bad boy on The Blacklist, now on Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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1. His close friends call him "Jimmy," but you can call him James.

"James" is your dad's name. "Jimmy" is the dude who taught you how to sneak out of the house without getting caught.
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"James" is your dad's name. "Jimmy" is the dude who taught you how to sneak out of the house without getting caught.

2. He has an excellent memory, and he rarely forgets his lines.

3. He likes it when sh*t gets weird.

And he seems to totally dig that his life is just getting weirder.

4. Before he started acting, James worked as a bus boy, a stable boy, a lifeguard, a truck driver, and a railroad car loader.

Started from the bottom, now he's here.
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Started from the bottom, now he's here.

5. His Bacon number is 2.

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The term "bad boy" contains two words. Coincidence?

6. He basically set the benchmark for '80s-movie bad boys.

Pretty in Pink. Mannequin. Baby Boom. Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Nobody plays a better smart, sophisticated a-hole than James Spader.
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Pretty in Pink. Mannequin. Baby Boom. Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Nobody plays a better smart, sophisticated a-hole than James Spader.

7. Like any good icon, his fashion game has always been on point.

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He's the definition of "effortlessly cool."

8. He was on an episode of Seinfeld in 1997.

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Fun fact: An appearance on Seinfeld is redeemable for one million instant bad-boy points.

9. He was the first actor to win two consecutive Emmy Awards for playing the same character on two different series.

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He won for his portrayal of Alan Shore on both The Practice and Boston Legal.

10. He was in Secretary in 2002, which was basically 50 Shades before 50 Shades was even a thing.

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His character's name is even "Mr. Grey."

11. His role as office manager Robert California on The Office was supposed to be a one-episode cameo appearance.

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Executive producers Ricky Gervais and Paul Lieberstein liked Spader's performance so much that they wrote his bad-boy boss character into the entire eighth season.

12. Spader has won three Emmy Awards and a Best Actor Award at Cannes.

And he's been nominated an additional 16 times for his film and television roles!
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And he's been nominated an additional 16 times for his film and television roles!

13. He's starred in over 50 films and four television series over his 35-year acting career.

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If we've learned anything today, it's that James Spader is one bad mamma jamma.

Watch Spader's ultimate bad-boy performance in The Blacklist, now on Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.