James Marsters, who first guest starred on "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer" as the goth-decked vampire Spike, joined the
cast as a series regular for the show's fourth season.
Born in the remote northern logging town of Greenville, Calif.,
and raised in Modesto, Calif., Marsters made his
stage debut as Eyeore in a fourth grade production of "Winnie
the Pooh" and went on to study acting at Julliard.
He began his professional career in the theater,
performing in stage productions including "The
Tempest" and "Red Noses" at Chicago's Goodman Theater. In 2000,
Marsters revisited the stage with a starring role in
an original play titled "The Why," produced by Noah Wyle.
Marsters made his on-screen debut guest starring as an ill-at-
ease priest on the television series "Northern Exposure," a
success that inspired him to move from his home in the
Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles. Within months of relocating he
was sinking his proverbial teeth into the role of Spike
in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
He also appeared in the feature film "House on Haunted Hill,"
psychological thriller co-starring Geoffrey
Janssen, Taye Diggs and Lisa Loeb.
When he's not working, Marsters enjoys playing the guitar,
watching football and spending time with friends at the
beach. He currently lives in Los Angeles.