Born on the same date (7 February 1960) as "Saturday Night Live" (1975)'s "TV Fun House" writer/cartoonist Robert Smigel, best known as the voice of Triumph the insult comic dog from "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993).
Auditioned for the film Taps (1981), but eventually lost the part to Sean Penn.
He was working as a janitor at a rehearsal studio in Times Square when he landed his first feature film Endless Love (1981).
Has two unsuccessful television pilots, Diner (1983) (TV) and Starcrossed (1985) (TV), to his credit.
Has appeared with Eric Stoltz in four different films: A Killer in the Family (1983) (TV), The New Kids (1985), 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and Keys to Tulsa (1996).
Children: Sebastian Spader (born 1989) and Elijah Spader (born 1992).
His wife, Victoria Spader, was the set decorator for Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989).
First performer to win Leading Drama Actor Emmys for portraying the same character (Alan Shore) on two different series ("The Practice" (1997) and "Boston Legal" (2004)).
His father died two weeks before he began production on Critical Care (1997).
Fiancée Leslie Stefanson gave birth to his third son on August 31, 2008.