David Spade

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David Spade
David Spade.jpg
Spade on June 3, 2008
Birth nameDavid Wayne Spade
Born(1964-07-22) July 22, 1964 (age 50)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
ChildrenHarper (born 2008)
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David Spade
David Spade.jpg
Spade on June 3, 2008
Birth nameDavid Wayne Spade
Born(1964-07-22) July 22, 1964 (age 50)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
ChildrenHarper (born 2008)

David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, television personality, voice artist, and comedian. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then began a successful acting career in both film and television. He has starred or co-starred in the films Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Joe Dirt, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, among others. He has also been part of an ensemble cast of two long-running sitcoms: Just Shoot Me! (1997-2003) and Rules of Engagement (2007-2013). He also starred as C. J. Barnes in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules from 2004-2005. Spade also notably providing the voice of Kuzco in the 2000 animated film The Emperor's New Groove and its direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove.

Spade is known for a comedic style, in both his stand-up material and acting roles, that involves a combination of sarcasm[1] and self-deprecation.[2]

Early life, high school and college[edit]

Spade was born on July 22, 1964 in Birmingham, Michigan, and is the son of Judith J. (née Meek), a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales representative.[3][4][5] His brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade;[6] Andy is the husband of designer Kate Spade.

Spade and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was four years old.[7] His parents divorced soon thereafter, and he and his brothers were raised for the most part by their mother, in relative poverty.[8]

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.[9][10] He also was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[11] 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, he became known for his brand of sarcasm, and his smart aleck characters in a number of sketches were hits. Some of them include a flight attendant for "Total Bastard Airlines" 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 did impressions of various celebrities, including 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.

The most infamous moment of "Hollywood Minute" occurred in 1996, when a picture appeared on-screen of Eddie Murphy, himself a former Saturday Night Live cast member, and Spade exclaimed, "Look children, it's a falling star. Make a wish!", referring to Murphy's lack of box office success at the time, most recently with the film Vampire in Brooklyn. The crack led to audience boos, and made Murphy upset at both Spade and SNL for years afterwards.[12]

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.

Spade's attempt at a film career met with success. He appeared with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member and friend Chris Farley in two buddy comedy films, Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996). The two were planning a third film together when Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.

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.

While appearing on Just Shoot Me, Spade had his first solo starring role as the title character in the 2001 film Joe Dirt, which was a modest box office success. The film was co-written by Spade and Fred Wolf.

Spade starred again in the 2003 film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, again co-written by Spade and Wolf. It was the first of many films in which Spade has appeared that were produced by another Saturday Night Live castmate, Adam Sandler. Most notable among these are the films Grown Ups (2010) and Grown Ups 2 (2013), both of which included Spade and Sandler among the lead roles, and both of which were major box office hits.

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, for the show's third and final season.

He hosted the Comedy Central TV show The Showbiz Show with David Spade for three seasons, from September 2005 to October 2007. On the show Spade made fun of Hollywood and celebrities in a manner similar to his old "Hollywood Minute" segment on SNL.[13]

Spade was one of the voice talents for the 2006 video game The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning. He provided the voice of Spyro's dragonfly companion, Sparx.[14]

From 2007 to 2013, Spade starred as Russell Dunbar in the ensemble CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.

In 2010 he worked with TBS on a pilot for an animated series based on Joe Dirt, but it was eventually dropped.[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

Spade received an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for his role as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!.

On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life[edit]

Spade has one daughter named Harper with Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace. Spade confirmed his paternity on September 3, 2008.[16]

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!"[17]

In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department in his hometown of Phoenix, as part of a program designed to provide patrol officers with rifles.[18] Spade's contribution will buy 50 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for Phoenix police officers.[19]

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

In 2014, Spade donated $100,000 toward the ALS ice bucket challenge.


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
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
2011Snowflake, the White GorillaJengavoice role
2012Hotel TransylvaniaGriffin the Invisible Manvoice role
2013Jungle MasterBoss Cainvoice role
2013Grown Ups 2Marcus Higgins
2015Space BreakoutXanorvoice role
2015Hotel Transylvania 2Griffin the Invisible ManFilming, voice role
2015Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful LoserJoseph "Joe" DirtFilming


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
2004–20058 Simple RulesC. J. Barnesmain cast member from 2004–2005
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 ClevelandChristopherSeason 3 episode 24: "Blow Outs"
2014The Spoils of BabylonTalc MunsonEpisode 4: "The Foundling"
2014David Spade: My Fake ProblemsHimselfStand up comedy special
2014The GoldbergsFoto Shop ownerSeason 2 episode 1 "Love is a Mixtape"

Music videos[edit]

1993"Buddy"Adam Sandler

Video games[edit]

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


  1. ^ Johnson, Allan (December 29, 2003). "David Spade knows how to shovel sarcasm". Houston Chronicle. 
  2. ^ Elfman, Doug (February 3, 2014). "Comedian David Spade often just grins and bears it". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  3. ^ Film Reference bio
  4. ^ "Price of Fame". Salon.com. January 28, 2000. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Yahoo! Movies bio
  7. ^ http://www.biography.com/people/david-spade-9542506
  8. ^ David, Anna (March 3, 2009). "David Spade". Daily Details blog. 
  9. ^ http://www.tbs.com/stories/story/0,,115577,00.html
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005450/bio
  11. ^ Facts and History, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
  12. ^ Horgan, Richard (April 17, 2013). "Lorne Michaels Admits Infamous SNL Eddie Murphy Crack Was a Mistake". FishbowlNY. 
  13. ^ The Showbiz Show with David Spade: Comedy Central Series Cancelled, TVSeriesFinale.com. October 7, 2007
  14. ^ FX TV channel
  15. ^ "David Spade, TBS plotting animated 'Joe Dirt'". The Live Feed. Jan 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "David Spade Becomes a Dad"
  17. ^ Louis B. Hobson, September 5, 2003 "Spade digs up dirt". Cinema Confidential. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  18. ^ David Spade Helps Phoenix Police Pay for Guns People Magazine, December 22, 2008
  19. ^ David Spade Buys High-Powered Rifles for Local Police Department Fox News, December 23, 2008
  20. ^ David Spade Donates $200,000 For Tornado Relief Entertainment Tonight, May 23rd, 2013

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