James Wesley Marsters is an American actor and musician, best known for playing the popular platinum-blond character Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Joss Whedon has proposed making a Spike movie starring James Marsters.
It is James' notable and acclaimed appearance as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer which attracted the attention of the general public. The immediate fan response prevented his character from being dispatched to enjoy a pivotal presence throughout the life of the series and season five of Angel.
Marsters voiced the character for the game Chaos Bleeds.
He co-wrote the Buffyverse comic, "Paint the Town Red", with Christopher Golden; and wrote Spike: Into the Light. There were also the following references to James Marsters' in the comics: his band Ghost of the Robot appeared in Vicki's shirt, Spike wore his character Captain John Hart's trademark clothes, and his wife Jasmine Marsters was face reference to the character Dylan.
Another television series that has featured James Marsters is the famous series Smallville, about the young Superman growing up. In this series, Marsters played Milton Fine, the human form of Brainiac. The show include others guest-stars like Rutger Hauer (Lothos), Leonard Roberts (Forrest Gates), J.P. Manoux (Frank Gilnitz), Amy Adams (Beth Maclay), Tony Todd (Vyasa), Shonda Farr (April), Jordan Belfi (Ryan), Nichole Hiltz (Diana), Azura Skye (Cassandra Newton), Zachery Ty Bryan (Peter Nicols), Kevin Daniels (Bouncer (Sleeper)), Sam Witver (John Stoler) and Bradley Stryker (Talky meat). He also co-starred with Adam Baldwin in another DC comics project, an animated film called, Superman: Doomsday, playing Lex Luthor.
In 2007, he had a recurrent on the show Without a Trace . The show include guest-stars like Nicholas Brendon (Alexander Harris), Ken Lerner (Robert Flutie), Christopher Wiehl (Owen Thurman), Geoff Meed (Andrew Borba/Mag), Eion Bailey (Kyle DuFours), Edith Fields (Unidentified School Nurse), Denise Dowse (Mrs. Miller), Brent Jennings (Absalom), Tamara Braun (Tara (vampire)), Melanie MacQueen (Mrs. Epps), Jason Hall (Devon MacLeish), Will Rothhaar (James (boy)), Carlease Burke (Winslow), Patricia Bethune (Kalish/Monica Frzylcka), James MacDonald (Paul Stein), Jack Conley (Gib Cain/Sahjhan), Juanita Jennings (Wilkinson), John Hawkes (George (janitor)), Christopher Gorham (James Stanley), Jeremy Garrett (Cameron Walker), Jack McGee (Doug Perren), Chad Todhunter (Rickie Thomas), Jeremy Roberts (Kakistos), Nicole Bilderback (Unidentified Cordette (The Wish)), Edward Edwards (Travis), Jordan Baker (Sheila Rosenberg), Channon Roe (Jack O'Toole), Michael Cudltiz (Big Bob), Alex Skuby (Vincent/Harlan), Bonita Friedericy (Mrs. Finkle/Patience), Tracy Middendorf (Christina Clarke), Vyto Ruginis (Russell Winters), Michael Mantell (Oliver Simon), Sam Pancake (Bobby (City of)), Pedro Pascal (Eddie), Robert Catrini (Riegert), Adam Kaufman (Parker Abrams), Lilli Birdsell (Sharon Reichler), Gilbert B. Combs (Bouncer (In the Dark)), Darris Love (Unidentified Hallmate Boy/George), Brent Sexton (Unidentified police officer), Eric Matheny (Colm), John Capodice (Tony Papazian), Ron Marasco (Allen Lloyd), Kevin Will (Heath), Lauri Johnson (Martha Straley), Margaret Easley (Gerhardt), Brooke Bloom (Nicole), Michelle Horn (Rayna), Maury Sterling (Barney), Jack Stehlin (Francis Angleman), P. J. Marino (Peter Wilkers), Colby French (Tay), Heather Stephens (Shari), Jeff Ricketts (Weatherby/Messenger), Mark Gantt (Unidentified courier demon ), Christina Hendricks (Unidentified barmaid), John Maynard (Whitman), Scott William Winters (Jack MacNamara), Tamara Gorski (Rebecca Lowell), Francis Fallon (Dick), Connor O'Farell (McNamara), Sven Holmberg (Ty), Maurice Compte (Chain), Joe Basile (Lenny Edwards), Sam Anderson (Holland Manners), Michael Harney (Anthony Harris), Louise Claps (Unidentified Homeless woman), Rob Boltin (Johnny Fontaine), Melissa Marsala (Judy Kovacs), John Kapelos (Roland Meeks), Tommy Hinkley (Claude Mulvihill), Brett Rickaby (young Denver), Cathy Cohen (Unidentified building manager), Erik Betts (Brown/a Turok-Han/Demon (Get It Done)/Keeper of the Name), Ravil Isyanov (Unidentified Monk of Dagon ), Paul Hayes (Unidentified Older Night Watchman), Cheryl White (Claire Jeakins), Kevin Rankin (Donald Maclay), Brian Tee (Unidentified medical intern (Family)), Brigid Brannagh (Virginia Bryce), Danica Sheridan (Yeska), Tony Todd (Vyasa), Robert Dolan (Robert Skale), Dwayne Barnes (Lester (The Shroud of Rahmon)), Tom Kiesche (Broomfield), Nick Chinlund (Ellis), Jim Piddock (The Valet), Kris Iyer (Nigel), Darby Stanchfield (Denise), Eric Lange (A Lubber demon), Cory Hardrict (Ray), Darin Cooper (Peter Harkes), Kevin Fry (a Skilosh demon), Loanne Bishop.(Unidentified 911 operator), Pat Healy (Doug Sanders), Mik Scriba (Sam), Daniel Dae Kim (Gavin Park), Lily Knight (Gronx), David Denman (Skip), Justin Shilton (Billy Blim/Munroe), Noel Gugliemi (Vince/Driver Vamp), Jonathan Goldstein (Mike), Kristoffer Polaha (Dylan Blim), Rey Gallegos (Sanchez), Amber Tamblyn (Janice Penshaw), Adam Gordon (Carl), Charles Duckworth (Glenn), Steve Tom (Stephen Mills), Theresa Arrison (Johnny's Mom), John Rubinstein (Linwood Murrow), Jose Yenque (Cult of Ul-thar leader), Kasha Kropinski (Sarah Holtz), Jim Ortlieb (Harvey), Stephanie Courtney (Gwen (Dad)), Jordan Belfi (Ryan (Smashed)), Laurel Holloman (Justine Cooper), Jessa French (Cleo), Kali Rocha (Halfrek), Kirsten Nelson (Lorraine Ross), Sunny Mabrey (Allison), Tony Pasqualini (Harlan Elster), Ivana Milicevic (Samantha Finn), Jan Hoag (Carol Harris), Steven Gilborn (Rory Harris), Ashleig Ann Wood (Sara Harris), Marina Benedict (Kim), Patrick St. Esprit (Jenoff), John Short (Phil Spivey), Jeffrey Nicholas Brown (Unidentified vampire (Villains), Benita Krista Nall (Unidentified woman (Beneath You)), Belinda Waymouth (Lydia Thorpe), Tom Irwin (Elliot), Matt Koruba (Unidentified young boy (Same Time, Same Place)), Joyce Guy (Hawkins), Randy Oglesby (Oliver Seidel), Thad Luckinbill (R.J. Brooks), Brandon Keener (Lance Brooks), Rob Nagle (Robson), Iyari Limon (Kennedy), Amanda Fuller (Eve (Potential Slayer)), Josh Braaten (Torg), Gina Torres (Jasmine), Chane't Johnson (Martha Jane), Avery Kidd Waddell (Randall Golden), Kristin Richardson (Tracy Bellows), Christine Healy (Last Guardian), Sarah Thompson (Eve (Wolfram & Hart)), Marc Vann (Sparrow), Rodney Rowland (Corbin Fries), Jordan Garrett (Matthew Fries), T.J. Thyne (Unidentified lawyer (Conviction), Victor Raider-Wexler (Magnus Hainsley), John Billingsley (Evan Royce), Michael Maize (Artode), Brendan Hines (Eli), Navi Rawat (Dana), Alex S. Alexander (Carol (nurse)), Eyal Podell (Sam Lawson), Joel Polis (Captain Franklin), Lindsey Ginter (Commander Petrie), Scott Klace (Mr. Fury), Nick Spano (Spinelli), Roy Werner (Heinreich) and Jeff Yagher (Ed).
He was also married in 2010.
In 2010, he guest-starred on the show Hawaii Five-0 alongside Daniel Dae Kim (Gavin Park). Other Guests are Julie Benz (Darla), Brian Thompson (Luke/The Judge), Musetta Vander (She-Mantis), John Ritter (Ted Buchanan), Jeremy Ratchford (Lyle Gorch), Willie Garson (Don), Max Perlich (Whistler), Jack McGee (Doug Perren), Adam Kaufman (Parker Abrams), Elisabeth Röhm (Kate Lockley), Malia Mathis (Rachel), Brent Sexton (Unidentified police officer), Greg Collins (Keith), Bai Ling (Jhiera), Colby French (Tay), Henri Lubatti (Head vampire), Maurice Compte (Chain), Sam Anderson (Holland Manners), Todd Stashwick (Vocah/M'Fashnik Demon), Gareth Williams (Mr. Chaulk), Brian Tee (Unidentified medical intern (Family)), Tony Todd (Vyasa), Ron Melendez (James), Adam Gordon (Carl), Kristoffer Polaha (Dylan Blim), Jordan Belfi (Ryan), Aimee Garcia (Cynthia York), Summer Glau (Prima Ballerina), Ivana Milicevic (Samantha Finn), Patrick St. Esprit (Jenoff), Taonai Reed (Local Boy), Glenn Morshower (Phillip Newton), Joel David Moore (Karl), Patrick Fischler (Ted), Annie Wersching (Margaret), Jenny Mollen (Nina Ash), Jon Billingsley (Evan Royce) and Michael Maize (Artode).
In 2011, he guest-starred on the CW show Supernatural alongside Charisma Carpenter in the episode "Shut Up, Doctor Phil" where they played witches whose marital dispute puts a small town's citizens at risk.
In 2016, Marsters made a guest appearance on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time, as sir Mordred from the Arthurian legends. The show includes many other guests like Eion Bailey (Kyle DuFours), Christopher Gorham (James Stanley), Harry Groener (Richard Wilkins), Emma Caulfield (Anya Jenkins), Lee Arenberg (Tiernan), Henri Lubatti (Head vampire), Tony Amendola (Thesulac Demon), Abraham Benrubi (Olaf), Eric Lange (a Lubber Demon), Lily Knight (Gronx), Amy Acker (Winifred Burkle/Illyria), Daniel Dae Kim (Gavin Park), Sunny Mabrey (Allison), Dania Ramirez (Carridad), Sam Witver (John Stoler) and Patrick Fischler (Ted).
- "Lovers Walk"
- "The Harsh Light of Day"
- "In the Dark"
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 (guest starring in "The Harsh Light of Day" and "Wild at Heart'')
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5 (credit only in "The Body")
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7
- Angel Season 5