American actor and musician James Marsters was born on August 20, 1962 in Greenvile, California. He aspired to become an actor since his childhood, when he played Eeyore in a school production of Winnie the Pooh. She then joined the theater group at Davis High School, where he participated in many school productions. After graduation, he studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and later, at the Juilliard Drama School.
Marsters first appeared as an actor in 1987, when he moved to Chicago to play the role of Ferdinand in the play The Tempest. Here, he had an acclaimed stage career, at one point gaining a nomination for a Joseph Jefferson Award. He also staged productions with his own group, the Genesis Theatre Company. In 1990, he moved to Seattle, where he formed the New Mercury Theatre, for which he staged a wide variety of plays. His television debut came in 1992, when he played small roles in the Peabody-winning series Northern Exposure.
Perhaps his biggest exposure came in 1997, when he was cast as Spike in the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The English vampire character was supposed to be killed off, but positive response from fans eventually gave him a presence through the show’s six-year run. It was only in the show’s fourth season, though, when he became a series regular, a role which he maintained until the show’s finale in 2003. When the series ended, he moved over to its spin-off show, Angel, where he got second billing, next only to lead David Boreanaz; he stayed during the show’s entire fifth, and last, season. His other roles include guest television roles in Smallville, Without a Trace and Torchwood, and films such as for P.S. I Love You and Shadow Puppets.
Marsters is also a musician, initially playing covers in several venues in Los Angeles. He was the lead singer for the rock band Ghost of the Robot for two years, after which he pursued a solo career, releasing the album Civilized Man in 2005. In 2008, he was cast to play the lead villain Piccolo in the live action adaptation of Dragonball.
James Marsters gained the scar on his left eyebrow when he was mugged whilst living in Queens
His favorite Buffy episode is Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling
James loves Shakespeare, his favorite is MacBeth
Is left handed, but plays guitar right handed
Is the legal guardian of his niece
Has produced over 70 plays
As Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
"That's a big rock. Can't wait to tell all my friends. None of them as a rock this big!"
"So, who do you kill for fun around here?"
Ford: "Hey, I know who you are!"
Spike: "Yeaaah, I know who I am too, so?!"
"I've known you for two minutes and I can't stand you. I don't really feature you living forever."
"I may be love's !$#!# but at least I'm man enough to admit it!"
“You Englishmen are always so…Bloody hell! Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks, oh God! I’m English.”
James Marsters "I patterned the accent after this guy I was in a play with, but that was three years ago. Now I'm listening to Tony Head (Giles in Buffy), who sounds kind of like Spike in real life. It's much more tough-guy talk in real life. His accent (as Giles) is just as fake as mine. His is nice and gritty, but it's not North London. I'm always afraid that I'm morphing over into Tony Head, wherever he's from." - on his British accent in Buffy the Vampire Slayer