David Spade

David Spade

Birth name: David Wayne Spade
Born: July 22, 1964
Age: 59
Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
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David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and television personality. 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 also starred and co-starred in the films, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Joe Dirt, Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, 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 (2004-2005). In animation, he voiced Kuzco in the 2000 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 relies heavily on sarcasm and self-deprecation.


Early life and education

Spade was born in Birmingham, Michigan. He is the son of Judith J. (née Meek), a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales representative. His brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade; Andy Spade is an entrepreneur who, together with his wife Kate Spade, co-founded the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

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

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. He also was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. 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 dismissive "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.

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 film career was successful. 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. When Spade declined to attend Farley's funeral, rumors abounded that there was a falling out between the two. Spade admitted that their friendship had been strained partly because of Farley's drug problem, but stated that the reason he did not attend the funeral was simply that he could not handle it emotionally.

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.

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.

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.

Awards and honors

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

Spade and Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace have a daughter, Harper (born 2008).

Spade has become 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, and requires Spade to wear a hat, even indoors, and to dim the lights in the make-up trailers.

In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department in his hometown of Phoenix, which provided 50 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for the officers. Spade also donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013 and $100,000 towards the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Kyle
1992 Light Sleeper Theological Cokehead
1993 Coneheads Eli Turnbull
1994 Reality Bites The "Wienerschnitzel" Manager Uncredited
1994 PCU Rand McPherson
1995 Tommy Boy Richard Hayden MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
1996 Black Sheep Steven "Steve" Dodds
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Sergio
1996 Beavis and Butt-head Do America Mr. Manners Voice
1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Ernest "Ernie" Lipscomb
1998 Senseless Scott Thorpe
1998 The Rugrats Movie Ranger Franklin (voice)
1999 Lost & Found Dylan Ramsey Also writer
2000 Loser Video Store Clerk Uncredited
2000 The Emperor's New Groove Emperor Kuzco / Llama Kuzco (voice) Nominated - Kid's Choice Award
2001 Joe Dirt Joseph "Joe" Dirt Also writer
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Dickie Roberts Also writer
2005 Racing Stripes Scuzz (voice)
2005 Lil' Pimp Principal Nixon (voice) Direct-to-video
2005 Kronk's New Groove Emperor Kuzco (voice) Direct-to-video
2006 Grandma's Boy Guyblow
2006 The Benchwarmers Richie Goodman Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Best Choice Chemistry
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Transvestite Groupie
2010 Grown Ups Marcus Higgins
2011 Jack & Jill Monica Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2011 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Jenga (voice) English version
2012 Hotel Transylvania Griffin the Invisible Man (voice)
2013 Jungle Master Boss Cain (voice)
2013 Grown Ups 2 Marcus Higgins
2015 Space Breakout Xanor (voice)
2015 Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser Joseph "Joe" Dirt Also writer and producer
2015 I Am Chris Farley Himself Hodgee Films and Network Entertainment documentary based on the life of Chris Farley; awaiting release
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Griffin the Invisible Man (voice)
2015 The Ridiculous 6 General Custer
2016 The Do-Over Theo


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Facts of Life Scott Episode: "Big Apple Blues"
1989 Baywatch B. J. Episode: "Second Wave"
1990 ALF Larry Slotkin Episode: "Make 'em Laugh"
1990 Monsters Teddy Episode: "Small Blessings"
1990 Born to Be Mild Stage Assistant Cameo
1990-96 Saturday Night Live Various Writer 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.
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1994 Beavis and Butt-Head Mr. Manners
Mr. Candy
Ticket Attendant (voices)
4 episodes
1997-2003 Just Shoot Me! Dennis Finch 149 episodes
Nominated - 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
1998 David Spade: Take the Hit Himself Stand up comedy special
2000 Sammy Sammy Blake
James Blake (voices)
2 episodes
2002 Greg the Bunny Himself Cameo
2003 2003 Spike Video Game Awards Host TV special
2004 Father of the Pride Tommy the Coyote (voice) Episode: "Road Trip"
2004-05 8 Simple Rules C. J. Barnes 39 episodes
2005-07 The Showbiz Show with David Spade Himself
2007-13 Rules of Engagement Russell Dunbar 100 episodes
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: The Reunion
2011 Entourage Himself Episode: "The Big Bang"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Christopher Episode: "Blow Outs"
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Talc Munson 2 episodes
2014 David Spade: My Fake Problems Himself Stand up comedy special
2014 The Goldbergs Gus Episode: "Love is a Mixtape"
2014 Ridiculousness Himself Episode: "David Spade"
2015 Real Rob Himself Episode: "VIP Treatment"
2016 Crowded Kyle Episode: "RearviewMirror"

Music videos

Year Title Performer
1993 "Buddy" Adam Sandler

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2000 The Emperor's New Groove (video game) Kuzco / Llama Kuzco
2006 The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Sparx

David Spade supports the following charitable causes: Cancer, Environment.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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