JAMES MARSTERS may best be known for the role of Spike, the cult favorite punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and then on the final season of the spin-off show “Angel.” He is a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide honoring the show and sci-fi genre.
As a sci-fi favorite, Marsters recurred on the series “Smallville,” playing the role of Brainiac, an android who causes a rift between Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. He was also seen in his recurring role on the hit BBC America show “Torchwood,” playing the ruthless and sexually deviant Captain John. Marsters has also recurred on the CBS series “Without a Trace,” “Caprica,” “Warehouse 13,” as well as, starred in the USA Network’s original movie “Cool Money.”
On the big screen, Marsters filmed the live-action adaptation of the hit Japanese video game “Dragon Ball,” in which he portrayed Lord Piccolo, the evil warlord set on destroying the earth. Other film credits include “PS I Love You,” with Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and “The House on Haunted Hill.”
Born in the remote northern logging town of Greenville, California, and raised in Modesto, Marsters went on to study acting at the prestigious Juilliard School. He began his professional career in the theater, performing in such plays as “The Tempest” and “Red Noses” at Chicago’s renowned Goodman Theater. Marsters later starred on the Los Angeles stage in an original play titled “The Why,” produced by Noah Wyle. Most recently he starred in the comedy “The Bells of West 87th”.
In addition to his acting career, Marsters is a successful singer/songwriter. He is the frontman of the band Ghost of the Robot, which sold out tours on an international level. He also completed a triumphant tour of the UK and Australia, in conjunction with the promotion of his solo album, “Civilized Man.”