James Paul Marsden (born September 18, 1973) is an American actor, singer and former Versace model. He is known for playing the superhero Cyclops in the first three X-Men films and for his roles in other commercially successful films such as Hop, Superman Returns, Hairspray, Enchanted,The Notebook, and 27 Dresses.
Early life and family
Marsden was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the son of Kathleen (née Scholtz) and James Luther Marsden, Ph.D. His father, a professor of animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University, and his mother, a nutritionist, divorced when he was nine years old. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, and French.
He has four siblings: two younger sisters, Jennifer and Elizabeth, and two brothers, Jeff and Robert. He attended Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School, in Oklahoma City, and later went on to attend Oklahoma State University, where he studied broadcast journalism. He was also a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. However, Marsden left after one and a half years, opting instead to move out to Los Angeles in order to pursue his acting career.
Marsden got his first job on a series of episodes of The Nanny as Eddie, Margaret Sheffield's boyfriend. He then went on to star in the Canadian television series Boogies Diner, which aired for one season. With the end of that series, he guest starred on other television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Party of Five. He later starred in the ABC show Second Noah. He lost out to Edward Norton for a role in Primal Fear and turned down the lead role in 54, which later went to Ryan Phillippe. He then went on to star in Disturbing Behavior opposite Katie Holmesand Gossip opposite Kate Hudson. He also appeared in the television series Ally McBeal, as one of the main cast members during the first half of season 5, where he also showcased his singing abilities.
Image: Marsden was then cast as Cyclops in the X-Men films. His character is prominent in the comics; his screen time in the films, however, is increasingly reduced, particularly in the sequels. Notably, Marsden also appeared in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. Singer dropped out of the third installment to direct Superman and Marsden was cast as Lois Lane's fiancé, Richard White, but due to schedule conflicts, Marsden's screen time in The Last Stand was reduced, stirring controversy from fans of the comics. Marsden's portrayal of Cyclops in the films was well received and garnered him a Blockbuster Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2004, Marsden appeared as Noah's rival in The Notebook, apparently cast for his close resemblance to James Garner, who played the older Noah, while the actor portraying the younger Noah (Ryan Gosling) looked nothing like Garner. In 2007, Marsden played Corny Collins in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters movie Hairspray. There he also made his musical debut by singing two of the film's songs, "The Nicest Kids In Town" and "(It's) Hairspray." Both "Hairspray" and the film's soundtrack were critically acclaimed. The soundtrack has sold over 1,200,000 copies to date in the United States, and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. His next role was in the Disney hybrid animated/live action film Enchanted, playing Prince Edward. He sang one song as a duet with Amy Adams at the beginning of the film and a duet with Idina Menzel that was cut from the film. Enchanted was well received critically and proved to be a commercial success, earning more than $340 million worldwide at the box office.
Following his successes in 2007's Hairspray and Enchanted, Marsden played the male lead in the 2008 romantic comedy 27 Dresses opposite star Katherine Heigl, which grossed $160 million worldwide. He also starred in the teen comedy Sex Drive. Though the film was a moderate success, Marsden's performance was heavily praised. Marsden also received a Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Movie Actor in a Comedy for his roles in Enchanted and 27 Dresses.
In 2009, Marsden also played the male lead in the film The Box, based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by author Richard Matheson, which was earlier made into an episode of The Twilight Zone. He starred opposite Cameron Diaz and re-united with Superman Returns co-star Frank Langella. In 2010, Marsden was cast in the comedy Death at a Funeral along with Chris Rock, Luke Wilson, Danny Glover and Columbus Short, which was a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name.
Marsden made an appearance on ABC's Modern Family in January 2011, playing a homeless squatter of Cam and Mitchell. In April, Marsden appeared as the male (live-action) lead in Hop, anEaster-themed comedy co-starring Russell Brand as the Easter Bunny. The film was an instant success, opening at the top of the weekend box office with $38.1 million. Later in 2011, Marsden played the lead in the remake of Straw Dogs, re-uniting with Superman Returns co-star Kate Bosworth and Zoolander co-star Alexander Skarsgard.
Marsden married actress Lisa Linde, daughter of country music songwriter Dennis Linde, on July 22, 2000. Marsden and Linde have two children: son Jack Holden and daughter Mary James.Linde filed for divorce on September 23, 2011. Marsden also has a son, William Luca Costa-Marsden, born on December 14, 2012, with former girlfriend Rose Costa.
In April 2010, Marsden was added to the Putnam City Schools Wall of Fame by the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation.
|Year||Film||Role||Notes and Awards|
|1993||Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty||Steven Willis||TV film|
|Princess and Two Peas||Pea Number One||TV film|
|1994||No Dessert, Dad, till You Mow the Lawn||Tyler Cochran|
|1996||Public Enemies||Doc Barker|
|Gone in a Hearbeat||Michael Galler||TV film|
|1996||Taken Away||Michael Galler||TV film|
|1997||On the Edge of Innocence||Jake Walker||TV film|
|Campfire Tales||Eddie||"The Hook"|
|Bella Mafia||Luka||TV film|
|1998||Disturbing Behavior||Steve Clark||His first starring role|
|X-Men||Scott Summers / Cyclops||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Science Fiction|
|2001||Sugar & Spice||Jack Bartlett|
|Zoolander||John Wilkes Booth|
|2002||Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road||Neal Oliver|
|2003||X2: X-Men United||Scott Summers / Cyclops|
|2004||The 24th Day||Dan|
|The Notebook||Lon Hammond, Jr.|
|2006||The Alibi||Wendell Hatch|
|10th & Wolf||Tommy|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Scott Summers / Cyclops|
|Superman Returns||Richard White||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2007||Hairspray||Corny Collins||Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble(shared with the Hairspray cast)
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year - Musical/Comedy (shared with the Hairspray cast) Palm Spring International Film Festival Award for Ensemble Performance (shared with the Hairspray cast) Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture(shared with the Hairspraycast)
|Conan: Red Nails||Techotl||Voice role|
|Enchanted||Prince Edward||Nominated— 2008 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy|
|2008||27 Dresses||Malcolm Kevin Doyle||Nominated— 2008 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy|
|Sex Drive||Rex Lafferty|
|2009||The Box||Arthur Lewis|
|2010||Death at a Funeral||Oscar||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Scene Stealer - Male|
|Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Diggs||Voice role|
|Straw Dogs||David Sumner|
|2012||Robot & Frank||Hunter|
|Small Apartments||Bernard Franklin|
|2013||As Cool As I Am||Chuck Diamond||filming|
|The Loft||Chris Vanowen||filming|
|Dead Circus||Charles Manson||pre-production|
|Anchorman: The Legend Continues||Actor||filming|
|1993||Saved by the Bell: The New Class||Chad Westerfield||Episode: "Homecoming King"|
|The Nanny||Eddie||2 episodes|
|1994||Boogies Diner||Jason||Main role|
|1995||Blossom||Josh||Episode: "The Date"|
|Party of Five||Griffin Holbrook||Episode: "Ides of March"|
|Touched by an Angel||Jake||Episode: "Angels on the Air"|
|1996||Second Noah||Ricky Beckett||Main role, 22 episodes (1996–1997)|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Brav||Episode: "Rite of Passage"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Glenn Foy||Regular role, 13 episodes (2001–2002)|
|2002||Bram & Alice||Arnold Cooper||Episode: "Scribbling Rivalry"|
|2009||Robot Chicken||Jason Chambers / Lion||Voice role, episode: "Especially the Animal Keith Crofford"|
|2011||Modern Family||Barry||Episode: "Slow Down Your Neighbors"|
|2012||30 Rock||Criss Chros||Recurring role, 13 episodes (2012–2013)|
|2007||"True Love's Kiss" (with Amy Adams)||Enchanted|
|"The Nicest Kids in Town"||Hairspray|