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The Blacklist's James Spader
James Spader attended boarding school with acclaimed director Peter Sellars.
Spader appeared in a host of 1980s films alongside members of the "Brat Pack," frequently playing the role of the teenage trouble maker.
The Blacklist marks the first time the 53-year-old TV veteran has launched a new show.
In preparing for roles, Spader likes to converse with the writers and rely on his own instincts in lieu of conducting extensive research.
Spader is the only actor to win consecutive Emmys portraying the same character on two different series (The Practice and Boston Legal