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David Wayne Spade (born July 22, 1964) is an Americanmarker actor, comedian and television personality who first became famous in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and from 1997 until 2003 starred as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!. He also starred as C.J. Barnes, along with Katey Sagal and James Garner on 8 Simple Rules. He currently stars as Russell Dunbar on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.

Early life

Spade was born in a dumpster, the son of Judith M., a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales representative. His father moved the family to Scottsdalemarker, Arizonamarker, but abandoned them not long afterwards. His mother eventually remarried, but Spade's stepfather committed suicide in 1981 when Spade was 17 years old. His brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade; Andy Spade is the husband of designer Kate Spade and CEO of Kate Spade New York.

Spade graduated from Saguaro High School in 1782. He attended Scottsdale Community College and then briefly went on to Arizona State Universitymarker, where he 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-80's he also did standup in the Monday night comedy show at Tony's Pizza in Tempe, Arizonamarker. Before finding success as a comedian, Spade made money by working as a busboy, a valet parker, a skee ball championship competitor and a skateboard shop employee.


Not long after college, Spade was encouraged by friends to follow a career in comedy.

With the help of friend and fellow comedian Dennis Miller, he joined Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a regular cast member and writer. Here, he made popular his well-known sarcastic, smart aleck characters in a number of sketch, some of which include: a flight attendant who bids an unpleasant "Buh-Bye" to each passenger as they disembark; a receptionist for Dick Clark who, as a matter of policy, asks even the most recognizable face "And you are?"; and, most famously, the bitingly sarcastic "Hollywood Minute" reporter who assaults celebrities with a series of one-liners. Other characters include Christy Henderson from the Gap Girls, and Karl from the Karl's Video sketches. He has also done impressions of famous celebrities, such as Brad Pitt and Michael J. Fox. According to interviews with Spade, most of the material that he wrote early on was given to Dana Carvey to perform on the show. Due to his relatively low work rate, he was in danger of being fired as a performer, until the Hollywood Minute segment secured his position.

Though most of the cast left in 1995, Spade stayed on the following year to help in the transition with the new cast. He then quit in 1996, citing "burnout" as the reason. Said Spade, "When I leave, it will be to ease the pressure, not to be a movie star. You can't stay there forever — it kills you inside. It ages you in dog years. It's a tough place." He returned to host an episode in 1998 and another in 2005.

Spade's attempt at a film career was met with mixed success. Movies such as Joe Dirt and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, both writen by Spade with Fred Wolf were, especially the former, not very successful critically, although both made back their budget and more. He worked with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Farley in the movies Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, in an attempt to form a modern-day Laurel and Hardy. The two were planning a third movie together when Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of 33. Spade did not attend Farley's funeral because he "could not be in a room where Chris was in a box."

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!, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. He played to type as a sarcastic receptionist Dennis Finch, which earned him an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations.

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 plays 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.

On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker. His star is located at 7018 Hollywood Blvd. He was recently the host of a new Comedy Central show, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, which began in September 2005. On the show, Spade makes fun of Hollywood and celebrities in a manner similar to his old "Hollywood Minute" segment on SNL. The Showbiz Show with David Spade was canceled in October 2007 after three seasons.

Along with actors Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman, Spade is one of the voice talents for The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, the sixth and seventh installment of the platform game series Spyro the Dragon. He provides the voice for Spyro's dragonfly companion, Sparx.

Currently, he stars as tussell in the CBS comedy, Rules of Engagement.

Personal life

Spade has one daughter with Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace. The daughter is named Harper, and she was born on August 26, 2008 in Missourimarker. Spade confirmed his paternity on September 3, 2008.

Spade is very sensitive to light. The combination of bright lights on-set and working under sunlight while filming Black Sheep caused permanent damage to his eyes. On his condition: "I have to wear a hat even indoors and flashes in particular freak me out. I even have to make them turn down the lights in the make-up trailers. I've become such a pain in the butt with this light-sensitive thing, it's a wonder they don't just shoot me!"


In December 2008, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department in his former hometown of Phoenix, Arizonamarker, as part of a program designed to provide patrol officers with rifles. Spade's contribution will buy 50 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for Phoenix police officers.

In March 2009, he partnered with the non-profit Operation Helmet to provide 3,000 blast- and impact-protecting helmet pads to U.S. troops; Spade donated over $100,000 of his own money to the program.



Year Film Title Role Notes
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol Kyle
1992 Light Sleeper Theological Cokehead
1993 Coneheads Eli Turnbull
1994 Reality Bites The "Wienerschnitzel" Manager
PCU Rand McPherson
1995 Tommy Boy Richard Hayden MTV Movie Awards (won 1)
1996 Black Sheep Steven "Steve" Dodds
A Very Brady Sequel Sergio
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Voice
1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Ernest "Ernie" Lipscomb
1998 Senseless Scott Thorpe
The Rugrats Movie Ranger Frank "Franklin"
Jerome Executive Producer
1999 Lost & Found Dylan Ramsey
2000 Loser The Video Store Clerk
The Emperor's New Groove Emperor Kuzco / Llama Kuzco Kid's Choice Awards (nominated-1)
2001 Joe Dirt Joseph "Joe" Dirt
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Dickie Roberts
2005 Racing Stripes Scuzz
Lil' Pimp Principal Nixon
Kronk's New Groove Emperor Kuzco
2006 Grandma's Boy Shilo
The Benchwarmers Richie Goodman Teen Choice Awards (nominated-1)
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Transvestite in Playboy suit Cameo Appearance
2009 Hollywood & Wine Harvey Harrison
2010 Grown Ups Marcus Higgins post-production


Year Show Title Role Other notes
1988 The Facts of Life Scott cameo
1989 Baywatch B.J. cameo
1990 ALF Larry Slotkin cameo
Born to Be Mild Stage Assistant uncredited; cameo
Saturday Night Live Various writer and cast member from 1990-1996
Emmy Awards (nominated-3)
1994 Beavis and Butt-Head Mr. Manners/Mr. Candy/Ticket Attendant (voice) uncredited; cast member from 1994-1997
1997 Just Shoot Me! Dennis Finch American Comedy Awards (nominated-1)
Emmy Awards (nominated-1)
Golden Globe Awards (nominated-2)
TV Land Awards (nominated-1)

1998 David Spade: Take the Hit Himself  
2000 Sammy Sammy Blake/James Blake (voice) canceled after 2 episodes
2004 Father of the Pride Tommy the Coyote (voice)  
8 Simple Rules C.J. Barnes cast member from 2003-2005
2005 The Showbiz Show with David Spade Himself  
2007 Rules of Engagement Russell Teen Choice Awards (nominated-1)
2008 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (TV series)
2009 Late Show With David Letterman (TV series)


Year Song Title Performer Notes
1993 "Buddy" Adam Sandler

Video games

Year Title Character Notes
2006 The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Sparx


  1. David Spade Biography (1964-)
  2. 1 "David Spade"
  3. Facts and History, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
  4. The Showbiz Show with David Spade: Comedy Central Series Cancelled, October 7, 2007
  5. "David Spade Becomes a Dad"
  6. Louis B. Hobson, 5 September 2003 "Spade digs up dirt". Cinema Confidential. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  7. David Spade Helps Phoenix Police Pay for Guns People Magazine, December 22, 2008
  8. David Spade Buys High-Powered Rifles for Local Police Department Fox News, December 23, 2008
  9. David Spade Providing Helmets to Troops US Magazine, March 16, 2009

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