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Spade in 2008
David Wayne Spade
July 22, 1964
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Scottsdale Community College
Arizona State University, Tempe
|Partner(s)||Jillian Grace (former)|
|Relatives||Andy Spade (brother)
Kate Spade (sister-in-law)
David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, television host, and writer. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, and he later began an acting career in both film and television. He also starred or co-starred in the films Tommy Boy (1995), Black Sheep (1996), Joe Dirt (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), The Benchwarmers (2006), Grown Ups (2010) and its 2013 sequel, The Ridiculous 6 (2015), The Do-Over (2016), and The Wrong Missy (2020).
He has been part of an ensemble cast of two long-running sitcoms: Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and Rules of Engagement (2007–2013). Additionally, he starred as C. J. Barnes in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2004–2005). For his role in Just Shoot Me!, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globes. In animation, he voiced Ranger Frank in The Rugrats Movie (1998), Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and its direct-to-video sequel, Kronk's New Groove (2005), the red panda Aliur in Snowflake, the White Gorilla (2013) and Griffin the Invisible Man in the Hotel Transylvania film series (2012–2022). Spade hosted a late-night talk show Lights Out with David Spade, which premiered on July 29, 2019. Spade's comedic style, in both his stand-up material and acting roles, relies heavily on sarcasm and self-deprecation.
- Early life
- Awards and honors
- Personal life
- See also
Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, to Judith J. (née Meek), a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. "Sam" Spade, a sales representative. His older brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade. The latter is an entrepreneur who, together with David's sister-in-law Kate Spade, co-founded the designer brand Kate Spade New York.
Spade and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when he 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 and dropping out shortly thereafter since he was making a decent living doing stand-up. 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-1980s he also did stand-up in the Monday night comedy show at Greasy Tony's Pizza in Tempe, Arizona.
Spade began performing stand-up comedy after dropping out of college. After being spotted by a talent agent while performing at The Improv in Los Angeles he was cast in the 1987 film Police Academy 4.
Saturday Night Live
With the help of friend and fellow comedian Dennis Miller, he joined Saturday Night Live in 1990. Spade started as a writer and eventually moved up to cast member. While there, he became known for his brand of sarcasm, and his characters in a number of sketches were hits. Some of them include a flight attendant for "Total ... 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 quick-witted "Hollywood Minute" reporter who roasts celebrities with personal 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.
After the major cast overhaul following the 1994–1995 season, Spade agreed to remain on the show for the 1995–96 season to serve as a bridge between the former cast and new cast members Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and Cheri Oteri. During this season, Spade was given a weekly segment called "Spade in America" which was a spin-off of his "Hollywood Minute" and "Weekend Update" commentaries.
On December 9, 1995, Spade revived "Hollywood Minute" inside one of his "Spade in America" segments; Spade joked, "Look, children, it's a falling star. Make a wish!" next to a picture of former Saturday Night Live cast member Eddie Murphy. The one-liner referred to Murphy's lack of recent box office success, especially the bomb Vampire in Brooklyn. The quip made Murphy turn against both Spade and SNL for several years afterward. Spade wrote in his 2015 memoir that he received an angry phone call from Murphy two days later at the SNL offices; the two did not reconcile until a chance meeting in 2011. Spade left SNL in 1996. He returned to host an episode in 1998 and another in 2005.
Breakout into film
Spade starred with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley in two buddy comedy films, Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep (1996), both of which were distributed by Paramount Pictures. The two were planning a third film together, but Farley died in 1997 at the age of 33 and thus it was cancelled. When Spade declined to attend Farley's funeral, rumors abounded that there had been a falling out between the two. Spade stated that their friendship had been under some tension. However, it never escalated to ill will, and that the reason he did not attend the funeral was simply because he could not handle it emotionally.
Return to television, voice work and Joe Dirt
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.
In 2000, Spade provided the voice of Kuzco in Disney's buddy comedy film, The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and would later reprise the role in its direct-to-video sequel Kronk's New Groove (2005).
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.
Further film work and television hosting
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.
In 2018, Spade appeared in his first major dramatic role in the movie Warning Shot co-starring Bruce Dern and James Earl Jones, with Spade playing the dangerous grandson of a powerful business tycoon (Dern)
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.
Video game work, animation and television acting
In the 2006 video game The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, Spade provided the voice of Spyro's dragonfly companion, Sparx. From 2007 to 2013, he 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.
In 2014, Spade had a guest role on an episode of ABC sitcom The Goldbergs (on which George Segal, his former Just Shoot Me co-star, has a major role as "Pops", the protagonist's grandfather). The end credits featured an interaction between Pops and Spade's character.
Lights Out with David Spade
In 2019, he started hosting a new late night show called Lights Out with David Spade on Comedy Central. The television spot was right after The Daily Show in the former slot inhabited by The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. As the production was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, Comedy Central announced the show would not return to the channel once production can resume, but is instead being shopped around to a third-party broadcaster.
In August 2020, Spade guest hosted two episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live! while Kimmel took a summer vacation.
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.
On April 1, 2012, Spade received a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress for his role as Monica (drag) in the 2011 film Jack and Jill.
Spade has dated numerous actresses and celebrities, including Heather Locklear, Lara Flynn Boyle, Julie Bowen, Teri Hatcher, and Naya Rivera.
He and Jillian Grace have a daughter together, Harper (b. August 26, 2008).
In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the Phoenix Police Department. Spade also donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013, $100,000 toward the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014, and $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in June 2018.
Spade primarily resides in Beverly Hills, California although he also has residences in Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood.
|1987||Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol||Kyle|
|1992||Light Sleeper||Theological ...|
|1994||Reality Bites||The "Wienerschnitzel" Manager||Uncredited|
|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|
|1997||8 Heads in a Duffel Bag||Ernest "Ernie" Lipscomb|
|1998||The Rugrats Movie||Ranger Franklin||Voice Only|
|1999||Lost & Found||Dylan Ramsey||Also Writer|
|2000||Loser||Video Store Clerk||Uncredited|
|2000||The Emperor's New Groove||Emperor Kuzco||Voice Only
Nominated – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
|2001||Joe Dirt||Joseph "Joe" Dirt||Also Writer|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Dickie Roberts||Also Writer|
|2005||Racing Stripes||Scuzz||Voice Only|
|2005||Lil' ...||Principal Nixon||Voice Only; Direct-to-DVD|
|2005||Kronk's New Groove||Emperor Kuzco||Voice Only; Direct-to-DVD|
|2006||The Benchwarmers||Richie Goodman||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Best Choice Chemistry|
|2007||I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry||Transvestite Groupie||Cameo|
|2010||Grown Ups||Marcus Higgins|
|2011||Jack & Jill||Monica||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|2012||Hotel Transylvania||Griffin the Invisible Man||Voice Only|
|2013||Jungle Master||Boss Cain||Voice Only|
|2013||Snowflake, the White Gorilla||Aliur||Voice Only: English Language Dub|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Marcus Higgins|
|2015||Space Breakout||Xanor||Voice Only|
|2015||Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser||Joseph "Joe" Dirt||Also Writer/ Executive Producer|
|2015||I Am Chris Farley||Himself||Documentary|
|2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||Griffin the Invisible Man||Voice Only|
|2015||The Ridiculous 6||General Custer|
|2016||The Do-Over||Charlie McMillian|
|2017||Mad Families||Johnny Jon-John||Also Writer|
|2018||Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||Griffin the Invisible Man||Voice Only|
|2018||Father of the Year||Wayne|
|2020||The Wrong Missy||Tim Morris||Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo
|2022||Hotel Transylvania: Transformania||Griffin the Invisible Man||Voice only|
|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||Uncredited
|1990–1996||Saturday Night Live||Various roles||70 episodes; also writer
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (1990–1993)
|1992, 1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|1993-1995||Beavis and Butt-Head||Mr. Manners / Mr. Candy / Ticket Attendant (voices)||3 episodes|
|1997–2003||Just Shoot Me!||Dennis Finch||149 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1999–2000)
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1999)
|1998||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "David Spade/Eagle-Eye Cherry"|
|1998||Take The Hit||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2000||Sammy||Sammy Blake / James Blake (voices)||13 episodes|
|2002||Greg the Bunny||Himself||Episode: "Welcome to Sweetknuckle Junction"|
|2003||2003 Spike Video Game Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2004||Father of the Pride||Tommy the Coyote (voice)||Episode: "Road Trip"|
|2004–2005||8 Simple Rules||C. J. Barnes||39 episodes|
|2005||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "David Spade/Jack Johnson"|
|2005–2007||The Showbiz Show with David Spade||Himself (host)||39 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2007–2013||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||My Fake Problems||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2014||The Goldbergs||Gus||Episode: "Love is a Mixtape"|
|2015||Real Rob||Himself||Episode: "VIP Treatment"|
|2016||Inside Amy Schumer||Showrunner||Episode: "Welcome to the Gun Show"|
|2016||Roadies||Harris DeSoto||4 episodes|
|2016||Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe||Himself (roastmaster)||Television special|
|2017–2018||Love||Steven Hopkins||4 episodes|
|2017||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Himself (guest host)||1 episode|
|2017||Lady Dynamite||Himself||Episode: "Kids Have to Dance"|
|2017||The Mayor||Ed Gunt||7 episodes|
|2019–2020||Lights Out with David Spade||Himself (host)||Also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2020||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Himself||Episode: "Pink and David Spade"|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Westley||Episode: "Chapter 4: Battle of the Wits"|
|2020–present||The Netflix Afterparty||Himself (host)||2 episodes|
|2021||Mr. Mayor||Himself||Episode: "Brentwood Trash"|
|2021||The Circle Afterparty||Himself (host)|
|2021||Bachelor in Paradise||Himself (host)||Two Episodes|
|2022||Nothing Personal||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2022||Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2006||The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning||Sparx|
|2018||"Gucci Flip Flops"||Bhad Bhabie|
- In Spanish: David Spade