James Marsters stole the hearts of many fans as bad boy antihero vampire Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he's had a busy career since. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of those shows that proved so popular it instantly catapulted the careers of just about everyone who appeared on it. Especially due to the fact that Buffy fans are so loyal that many will follow an alum of the show's cast to whatever new project they might end up doing next. This proved very true for David Boreanaz, who went on to star in three different successful TV series after ending his run as a regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although granted, one of those was a Buffy spinoff. Such is the power of starring on a smash hit show. James Marsters, who spent time both antagonizing and falling in love with the titular hero as fan-favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer character Spike, has been no exception to the aforementioned pattern.
The southern accent could have worked for ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’
James Marsters was southern in a play before he did ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’
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James Wesley Marsters born August 20, is an American actor, musician and voice actor. He appeared in a supporting role in the film P. Marsters was born in Greenville, California , the son of a United Methodist minister and social worker. Dreaming about becoming an actor since he played Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh in fourth grade, Marsters joined the theater group at Grace M. Davis High School and acted in many plays, including musicals. In , he moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School , but left the program after two years. Marsters moved to Chicago, where his first professional acting role was Ferdinand in The Tempest at the Goodman Theatre in In this production, he was rolled onto the stage strapped naked to a wheel. He talks about this experience and his other theatrical roles at length in a interview with Michael Rosenbaum on the podcast 'Inside of You'. Marsters was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance of the lead role of Robespierre in the six-hour drama Incorruptible: The Life, Death and Dreams of Maximilian de Robespierre in
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.