David Spade

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David Spade
David Spade.jpg
Spade in 2008
BornDavid Wayne Spade
(1964-07-22) July 22, 1964 (age 50)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, television presenter
Years active1987–present
ChildrenHarper (born 2008)
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David Spade
David Spade.jpg
Spade in 2008
BornDavid Wayne Spade
(1964-07-22) July 22, 1964 (age 50)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, television presenter
Years active1987–present
ChildrenHarper (born 2008)

David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, comedian, writer and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, for co-starring in the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy, and from 1997 until 2003 when he starred as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!. He also starred as C. J. Barnes, along with Katey Sagal, James Garner, and Kaley Cuoco on 8 Simple Rules.

He starred as Russell Dunbar on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. He also is working with TBS on an animated series based on his film, Joe Dirt.[1]

Early life, high school and college[edit]

Spade was born in Birmingham, Michigan, and is the son of Judith J. (née Meek), a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales representative.[2][3][4] His brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade;[5] Andy Spade is the husband of designer Kate Spade.

Spade and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was four years old.[6] Spade attended Saguaro High School and later Scottsdale Community College, before transferring to Arizona State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business in 1986.[7][8] He also was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[9] Spade performed standup at the university's long-running sketch comedy show, Farce Side Comedy Hour, on numerous occasions. In the mid-80s he also did "stand up" in the Monday night comedy show at Greasy Tony's Pizza in Tempe, Arizona.


With the help of friend and fellow comedian, Dennis Miller, he joined Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a regular cast member and writer. While there, his well-known sarcasm became popular, and his smart aleck characters in a number of sketches were hits. Some of them include: a flight attendant who bids a perceived-as-unpleasant "Buh-Bye" to each passenger upon disembarking; a receptionist for Dick Clark who, as a matter of policy, asks people indiscriminately "And you are?"; and the sarcastic "Hollywood Minute" reporter who communicates with celebrities by means of one-liners. Other characters include Christy Henderson from the Gap Girls, and Karl from the Karl's Video sketches. He also has done impressions of famous celebrities, such as Brad Pitt and Michael J. Fox. According to interviews with Spade, most of the material that he wrote early in his time at SNL was given to Dana Carvey to perform on the show. Due to his relatively low work rate, he was in danger of being fired as a performer, until the Hollywood Minute segment secured his position.

Though most of the cast left in 1995, Spade stayed the following year to help in the transition with the new cast. He then quit in 1996 citing "burnout" as the reason. Said Spade, "When I leave, it will be to ease the pressure, not to be a movie star. You can't stay there forever – it kills you inside. It ages you in dog years. It's a tough place." He returned to host an episode in 1998 and another in 2005. He recently also voiced a chihuahua in an animated short, written by Fred Wolf, in 2010.

Spade's attempt at a film career met with success. He worked with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member and friend, Chris Farley, in the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. The two were planning a third film together when Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of 33. He then proceeded to act in films where he was the central character, such as Joe Dirt and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, but they were not as well received. They were both written by Spade with Fred Wolf.

Although he received several offers to star in his own TV shows, he turned them down and joined the ensemble cast of Steven Levitan's office sitcom Just Shoot Me!, opposite Laura San Giacomo and George Segal, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. He played a sarcastic receptionist, Dennis Finch, which earned him an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations.

Spade hosted both the Teen Choice Awards and SpikeTV's Video Game Awards in 2003. He voiced characters on several episodes of Beavis and Butt-head, and produced his own TV series Sammy in 2000. From 2002 to 2006 Spade regularly appeared in commercials for Capital One (with Nate Torrence) where he played the employee of a fictional rival company whose policy toward honoring credit card rewards (and just about everything else) is "always no." In 2004, he joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules, following the death of the sitcom's star, John Ritter.

On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located at 7018 Hollywood Blvd. He was the host of the Comedy Central show, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, which began in September 2005. On the show Spade made fun of Hollywood and celebrities in a manner similar to his old "Hollywood Minute" segment on SNL. The Showbiz Show with David Spade was canceled in October 2007 after three seasons.[10]

Along with actors Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman, Spade is one of the voice talents for The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, the sixth installment of the platform game series Spyro the Dragon. He provides the voice for Spyro's dragonfly companion, Sparx.[11]

He also starred as Russell Dunbar in the CBS comedy, Rules of Engagement.

Personal life[edit]

Spade has one daughter named Harper with Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace. Spade confirmed his paternity on September 3, 2008.[12]

Spade is very sensitive to light. The combination of bright lights on-set and working under sunlight while filming Black Sheep caused permanent damage to his eyes. Spade says of his condition: "I have to wear a hat even indoors and flashes in particular freak me out. I even have to make them turn down the lights in the make-up trailers. I've become such a pain in the butt with this light-sensitive thing, it's a wonder they don't just shoot me!"[13]

In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, as part of a program designed to provide patrol officers with rifles.[14] Spade's contribution will buy 50 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for Phoenix police officers.[15]

On May 20, 2013, he donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program.[16]


1987Police Academy 4: Citizens on PatrolKyle
1992Light SleeperTheological Cokehead
1993ConeheadsEli Turnbull
1994Reality BitesThe "Wienerschnitzel" Manager
1994PCURand McPherson
1995Tommy BoyRichard HaydenMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
1996Black SheepSteven "Steve" Dodds
1996Very Brady Sequel, AA Very Brady SequelSergio
1996Beavis and Butt-head Do Americauncreditedvoice role
19978 Heads in a Duffel BagErnest "Ernie" Lipscomb
1998SenselessScott Thorpe
1998Rugrats Movie, TheThe Rugrats MovieRanger Frank "Franklin"voice role
1998JeromeExecutive Producer
1999Lost & FoundDylan Ramseywriter
2000LoserThe Video Store Clerk
2000Emperor's New Groove, TheThe Emperor's New GrooveEmperor Kuzco / Llama Kuzcovoice role
Nominated - Kid's Choice Award
2001Joe DirtJoseph "Joe" Dirtwriter
2003Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarDickie Robertswriter
2005Racing StripesScuzzvoice role
2005Lil' PimpPrincipal Nixonvoice role
2005Kronk's New GrooveEmperor Kuzcovoice role
2006Grandma's BoyShilo
2006Benchwarmers, TheThe BenchwarmersRichie GoodmanNominated - Teen Choice Award for Best Choice Chemistry
2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryTransvestite Groupie
2010Grown UpsMarcus Higgins
2011Jack & JillMonicaRazzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2012Hotel TransylvaniaGriffin the Invisible Manvoice role
2013Grown Ups 2Marcus Higgins
2015Space BreakoutXanorvoice role
2015Hotel Transylvania 2Filming, voice role
1988Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of LifeScottSeason 9, Episode 22: "Big Apple Blues"
1989BaywatchB. J.Season 1, Episode 3: "Second Wave"
1990ALFLarry SlotkinSeason 4, Episode 14: "Make 'em Laugh"
1990MonstersTeddySeason 3, Episode 7: "Small Blessings"
1990Born to Be MildStage Assistantuncredited; cameo
1990–1996Saturday Night LiveVariouswriter and cast member from 1990–1996
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program (1990-1993)
Hosted episodes in 1998 and 2005.
1992Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowHimselfSeason 1, Episode 2: "The Promise"
1994Beavis and Butt-HeadMr. Manners
Mr. Candy
Ticket Attendant
voice role; uncredited; cast member from 1994–1997
1997–2003Just Shoot Me!Dennis FinchNominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Nominated - TV Land Award for Co-Worker You're Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy Hour
Nominated - American Comedy Award
1998David Spade: Take the HitHimselfStand up comedy special
2000SammySammy Blake
James Blake
voice role; canceled after 2 episodes
2002Greg The BunnyHimselfcameo
20032003 Spike Video Game AwardsHostTV special
2004Father of the PrideTommy the Coyotevoice role
2003–20058 Simple RulesC. J. Barnesmain cast member from 2003–2005
2005–2007Showbiz Show with David Spade, TheThe Showbiz Show with David SpadeHimself 
2007–2013Rules of EngagementRussell Dunbarmain cast; nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy
2011EntourageHimselfSeason 8 Episode 6 "The Big Bang"
2012Hot in ClevelandChristopherEpisode 3.24: "Blow Outs"
2014The Spoils of BabylonTalc MunsonEpisode 4: "The Foundling"
2014David Spade: My Fake ProblemsHimselfStand up comedy special

Music videos[edit]

1993"Buddy"Adam Sandler

Video games[edit]

2000The Emperor's New Groove (video game)Kuzco/Kuzco llama
2006The Legend of Spyro: A New BeginningSparx


External links[edit]

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First host
Teen Choice Awards host
Succeeded by
Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton