Wesley Marsters was born in Greenville, California, USA, on August 20.
His father used to be a minister and his mother almost became a nun. He
grew up in Modesto, California and graduated from Davis High School. He
says he has wanted to be an actor since he was in the fourth grade. He
has one brother and one sister.
acting at the Juilliard School in New York (which he is proud to have been
kicked out of after two years) and the American Conservatory Theatre in
early acting career was in Chicago. In 1990, he moved to Seattle in search
of more opportunity and warmer winters. After a several years of artistic
success in regional theater, James decided to go to Hollywood to seek the
kind of success that actually pays the rent.
after having been in Los Angeles for some time and after "a hundred" auditions,
he auditioned for the role of Spike in Season Two of the television series
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer." When he got the call, he said "Buffy the what?"
but after watching the show he found that he wanted the part. After a second
audition, he won the role, which was supposed to last for only three to
five episodes. The character was such a success that the role was extended
for the rest of the season.
Season Three, the character Spike was brought back for only one episode
"Lover's Walk," but James was otherwise occupied with a role in the independant
Four, Spike became a regular character on "Buffy" with the occasional crossover
to "Angel." Spike has become one of the best-loved characters on the show.
He was a regular on "Buffy" until its series finale in May 2003.
other credited roles so far include "Northern Exposure" roles in 1992-93,
a role on "Millenium" in 1999, and a small part in the film "The House
on Haunted Hill" in 1999. His most recent theater work was in "The Why"
in Los Angeles in the fall of 2000.
worked in two independant films ("
and "The Enforcers") and guest-starred more recently on the television
and "Strange Frequency."
the 2003-04 season, he was a regular on "Angel."
For a list of James' career
credits, go here.
other interests include music, painting, PlayStation and cars. He recently
was in a band called "Ghost of the Robot," which released a CD. He is currently
single and lives in Los Angeles.
Fan mail can be sent to:
c/o Himber Entertainment
211 S. Beverly Drive, #208
Bevery Hills, CA 90212