thumb|James Marsters post-Spike
"James Wesley Marsters" (born August 20, 1962 in Greenville, California) is an American actor and musician, best known for playing the popular platinum-blond character Spike, an English yob of a vampire, in the television series ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' and its spinoff series ''Angel''. Joss Whedon has proposed making a Spike movie starring James Marsters written and directed by Tim Minear. Marsters' accent as the character was near-flawless; even some English people thought he was English.
He grew up with his brother and sister in Modesto, California. Dreaming about becoming an actor since he played Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh in fourth grade, James joined the theater group at his high school, acting in many plays, including musicals.
After graduation, Marsters studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, 1980-1982, and Juilliard Drama School, 1982-1984.
Marsters moved to Chicago where his first professional acting role was Ferdinand in ''The Tempest'' at the Goodman Theatre in 1987. In this production, he was rolled onto the stage strapped to a wheel almost completely naked. Since then, he has never had any p...
|birthdate||August 20, 1962|
|height||5' 11" (1.80 m)|
|website||James Marsters official site|
|notable role||Spike (Buffyverse)|