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Thursday, November 8, 2007

James Marsden-biography

A former Versace model, James Marsden began his career in show business after meeting Tiger Beat cover boy Kirk Cameron while their families were vacationing at the same Hawaiian hotel in 1990. After appearing in a production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in college, Marsden decided to jet off to Los Angeles. Almost immediately, he began making guest star appearances on series television – some of which were the biggest shows on television at the time – before finding a regular slot of his own on the low-budget syndicated teen series "Boogie's Diner" (1995). Marsden made the jump to network with a striking impression as a teen father on the short-lived ABC drama series "Second Noah" (1996-97), following that up with strong performances in a handful of young Hollywood ensemble flicks, before receiving his breakthrough in the form of Cyclops in the hotly anticipated film version of the Marvel comic, "X-Men" (2000).
Born on Sept. 18, 1973 in Stillwater, OK, Marsden grew up wanting to have the career and charisma of Tom Cruise, thanks to repeated viewings of “Top Gun” (1986) and “Days of Thunder” (1990). Thankfully for Marsden, he already had the clean-cut All-American good looks. His father, a meat and poultry inspector, and mother, a nutritionist, divorced when he was nine. After graduating Putnam City North High School, Marsden studied broadcast journalism at Oklahoma State University, but quit after only a year and a half. He opted instead to move out to Los Angeles and become an actor, but realized that he had no contracts. His dad, however, happened to know a casting director, who in turn knew a manager willing to consider an unknown from Oklahoma. Within two months of his arrival in 1992, he was cast in an episode of the CBS sitcom "The Nanny" (1993-2000) and was eventually called back for a second appearance. Alternately billed as Jimmy or James, he also appeared in episodes of "Saved By the Bell” (NBC, 1988-2000), "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000) and "Blossom" (NBC, 1990-95).

Marsden also began appearing in TV-movies, debuting in the NBC drama "In the Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco" (1993). He was the unpleasant older brother and son to Robert Hays in the 1994 Disney Channel original "No Dessert Dad, Until You Mow the Lawn,” before playing Doc Barker, son to Ma Barker (Theresa Russell), in the 1996 HBO original, "Public Enemy #1.” Other roles included a high school valedictorian who abducts Jill Eikenberry in "Gone in a Heartbeat" (CBS, 1996), and a young man in a mental institution who brings life to a troubled young woman in "On the Edge of Innocence" (NBC, 1997). In 2000, Marsden was in a trio of different genre movies: "Gossip,” an edgy, twisting tale of how a silly rumor started by a few college students blossoms into a deadly mistake; "Sugar and Spice,” a dark comedy about cheerleaders gone bad; and perhaps his most memorable movie to date, "X-Men.”

In the highly anticipated film adaptation of the popular comic book series, he was cast as Cyclops, a crime-fighting mutant who wears a visor to protect people from the destructive red beams he shoots from his eyes. Marsden's stern, über-Boy Scout performance made him the perfect foil to Hugh Jackman's brooding Wolverine – romantic rival for the love of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). The love triangle's chemistry worked to even greater effect in the superior sequel, "X2: X-Men United" (2003), though Marsden might have benefited from more on-screen moments, since had had become a fan favorite. His grief at suffering the supposed loss of his girlfriend, Jean Grey – who sacrifices her life to save her fellow mutant friends – was palpable to audience members and lended a real gravitas to this particular installment.

In between "X-Men" films, Marsden spent the 2001-02 season of the Fox hit dramedy "Ally McBeal," playing attorney Glenn Foy, followed by a stint as John Wilkes Booth in the Ben Stiller comedy "Zoolander" (2001). After "X2," he had a delightful turn in the effectively emotional and sentimental film, "The Notebook" (2004) despite playing what would become his stock in trade – a near thankless role as rich, dashing and handsome romantic rival for the affections of the female lead – in this case, Rachel McAdams. Though the story set up Ryan Gosling as her true love, Marsden's likeable soldier made audiences genuinely wonder which man she would choose. He then appeared in the weighty romantic drama, “Heights” (2005), playing a lawyer whose fiancée (Elizabeth Banks) has second thoughts about their pending marriage, forcing herself and others around her to make life decisions in the course of one night.

Marsden next revived Cyclops for the third installment of the series, “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006), directed by Brett Ratner. This time, the mutants faced a peculiar choice after a cure for their mutations is found: retain their uniqueness and remain isolated from society or give up their strange powers and become human. Unfortunately for both Marsden and Cyclops fans alike, the actor was relegated to only a few scenes and was killed off not even 20 minutes into the film. Luckily, the loyal “X-Men” helmer, Bryan Singer, took Marsden with him when he was picked to direct one of the most anticipated films of the decade – “Superman Returns” (2006). Cast as, yet again, the (leading) Man of Steel’s romantic nemesis, Marsden was a perfect fit as the fiancée of Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), who has moved on after Superman left Earth for several years. Now that Lois is about to marry – and has a son to boot – Superman is left wondering if she has truly moved on with Marsden.

In a different turn from superheroes and playing the unlucky “other man,” Marsden joined the ensemble cast of “Hairspray” (2007), the adaptation of the Broadway musical – itself an adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 film. Marsden played the titular host of “The Corny Collins Show,” a popular Baltimore teen dance show that becomes a hotbed for racial integration, thanks to the pluckiness of an overweight high school student (Nicole Blonsky).

Actor, model, singer, musician Sometimes Credited As:
Jimmy Marsden Family
son:Jack Marsden (born on February 1, 2001)
wife:Lisa Linde (born c. 1972; together since 1995; married on July 22, 2000)

Putnam City North High School Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma broadcast journalism


2007 Cast opposite Heather Graham in the indie feature "Gray Matters"
2007 Played Corny Collins in "Hairspray," the film adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters movie
2006 Reprised the role of Cyclops in the third installment of the "X-Men" series, "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2006 Cast as as Richard White in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"
2005 Co-starred in "Heights" a drama following five New Yorkers over a 24-hour period
2004 Cast opposite Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook
2003 Reprised role of Cyclops in the sequel "X2"
2001 Co-starred with Mena Suvari in the teen comedy "Sugar and Spice"
2001 Joined the cast of "Ally McBeal" (Fox) as lawyer Glenn Foy; left show after appearing in 13 episodes
2000 Appeared in the ensemble flick "Gossip" with Joshua Jackson, Kate Hudson and Norman Reedus
2000 Cast as the mutant Cyclops in Bryan Singer's big-screen version of the Marvel comic "X-Men"
1998 Co-starred with Nick Stahl and Katie Holmes in the teen thriller "Disturbing Behavior"
1997 Starred in TV-movie "On the Edge of Innocence" (NBC)
1997 Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Bella Mafia"
1996 - 1997 Played Ricky, a teen father, on "Second Noah" (ABC)
1996 Portrayed the son of Ma Barker in "Public Enemy #1" (HBO)
1995 Had recurring role on syndicated series "Boogie's Diner"
1993 TV-movie debut, "In the Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco"
1992 Left Oklahoma for Los Angeles
1992 TV acting debut in bit role on two episodes of "The Nanny" (CBS)
1991 While vacationing with family in Hawaii, met actor Kirk Cameron and his sister Candace; the Camerons invited Marsden to visit in L.A.
Worked as a Versace model

1 comment:

schwul-und-liberal said...

james is one of the best looking men alive!

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