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Also Known As: David Wayne Spade Died:
Born: July 22, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, Michigan, USA Profession: comedian, actor, comedy writer, parking valet, busboy, skateboard shop employee

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A low-key demeanor and boyish looks masked David Spade's wickedly sharp humor, which the comedian turned to his advantage and made his stock-in-trade throughout his career. Most famous on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) for playing some aspect of his own persona - especially with his celebrity-skewering "Hollywood Minute" segment - Spade rose to prominence as the snarky, scrawny foil to the lovably loud Chris Farley in the comedy classic "Tommy Boy" (1995) and its disappointing follow-up, "Black Sheep" (1996). While Farley would succumb to tragedy, Spade played it smart, riding his scene-stealing receptionist role of Dennis Finch to increased fame on the hit sitcom, "Just Shoot Me!" (NBC, 1997-2003). Famous for a string of improbably high-profile, beautiful girlfriends - including Heather Locklear and Lara Flynn Boyle - voicing Disney's titular "The Emperor's New Groove," and starring in the cult hit "Joe Dirt" about a white trash hero, Spade remained private, hardworking and pragmatic about his success. He stayed in close touch with - and employed by - former "SNL" colleague Adam Sandler in a variety of projects, including "Grown Ups" (2010) and added his unique satirical bite as the comic...

A low-key demeanor and boyish looks masked David Spade's wickedly sharp humor, which the comedian turned to his advantage and made his stock-in-trade throughout his career. Most famous on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) for playing some aspect of his own persona - especially with his celebrity-skewering "Hollywood Minute" segment - Spade rose to prominence as the snarky, scrawny foil to the lovably loud Chris Farley in the comedy classic "Tommy Boy" (1995) and its disappointing follow-up, "Black Sheep" (1996). While Farley would succumb to tragedy, Spade played it smart, riding his scene-stealing receptionist role of Dennis Finch to increased fame on the hit sitcom, "Just Shoot Me!" (NBC, 1997-2003). Famous for a string of improbably high-profile, beautiful girlfriends - including Heather Locklear and Lara Flynn Boyle - voicing Disney's titular "The Emperor's New Groove," and starring in the cult hit "Joe Dirt" about a white trash hero, Spade remained private, hardworking and pragmatic about his success. He stayed in close touch with - and employed by - former "SNL" colleague Adam Sandler in a variety of projects, including "Grown Ups" (2010) and added his unique satirical bite as the comic secret weapon of another sitcom, "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, 2007- ). The comedian may not have had the massive, industry-changing success his "SNL" peers Sandler or Chris Rock enjoyed, but Spade carved out his own Hollywood niche, his longevity all the more impressive because of how unexpected it was.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entourage (2015)
3.
 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
4.
5.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
6.
 Grown Ups (2010)
7.
 Benchwarmers, The (2006) Cast
8.
 Racing Stripes (2005) Voice Of Scuzz
9.
 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) Dickie Roberts
10.
 Joe Dirt (2001) Joe Dirt
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1986:
Began performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs, theaters and college campuses
:
Discovered by a casting agent while performing at the Improv in Los Angeles
1987:
Feature film debut, played a bit part in the comedy sequel "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol"
1987:
Performed his routine on Fox's "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers"
1988:
Earliest TV work included a guest role on an episode of the NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life"
1989:
Appeared on the HBO standup comedy special "The 13th Annual Young Comedians Show Hosted by Dennis Miller"
1990:
Joined "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) as a writer and cast member; earned three Emmy (1990, 1991, 1993) nominations for Writing
1992:
Appeared in second feature film "Light Sleeper"
1992:
Served as a creative consultant for the awards show "The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards"
1993:
Appeared in the "SNL" spin-off feature "Coneheads"
1994:
Featured as a snooty conservative student in Hart Bochner's comedy "PCU"
1995:
First leading role, opposite Chris Farley in the comedy feature "Tommy Boy"
1996:
Re-teamed with Farley for the comedy "Black Sheep"
1997:
Co-starred in the feature "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag"
1997:
Starred as snarky assistant Dennis Finch on the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me"; garnered Emmy (1999) and Golden Globe (1999, 2000) nominations for Supporting Actor
1998:
Starred and executive produced his own HBO comedy special "David Spade: Take The Hit"
1998:
Lent his voice to the character of Ranger Frank in "The Rugrats Movie"
1999:
Wrote and starred in the feature comedy "Lost and Found"
1999:
Executive produced the feature "Jerome," starring "Just Shoot Me" co-star Wendie Malick
2000:
Created (also wrote and produced) the short-lived animated series "Sammy" (NBC), which was based on Spade's relationship with his father
2000:
Voiced the title character in the animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove"
2001:
Played the title role in the comedy "Joe Dirt"
2003:
Played the title role of a former child actor in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star"
2003:
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2004:
Joined the cast of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ABC) as Katey Sagal's nephew
2005:
Hosted the Comedy Central program "The Showbiz Show with David Spade"
2006:
Co-starred with Rob Schneider in "The Benchwarmers"
2007:
Cast as single friend Russell Dunbar on the CBS relationship sitcom "Rules of Engagement"
2010:
Starred in ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film also starred Kevin James and former "SNL" cast members Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Rob Schneider
2011:
Reteamed with Sandler in the comedy feature "Jack and Jill"
2012:
Voiced the Invisible Man in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"; also starred Sandler
2013:
Appeared in the sequel "Grown Ups 2"
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Education

Saguaro High School: Scottsdale , Arizona - 1982

Notes

Spade earned three Emmy nominations as part of the writing team of "Saturday Night Live". For the 1998/99 season, he received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on "Just Shoot Me".

In late November 2000, Spade was assaulted by his former personal assistant who had broken into Spade's home.

On turning down the opportunity to serve as temporary host of Fox's comedy talk show "The Late Show": "That was my first lesson in not getting too greedy and not biting off too much, because the six minutes I did on that show was my best six minutes. But to host the show, I had no idea what I was doing. I was like, 22. It could have gone the wrong way and hurt more than helped me." -- Spade to Washington Post writer Lloyd Grove, quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer, March 12, 1998

Spade on the film offers he received after "Just Shoot Me" took off as a hit series: "It's awful. The movies they're sending me are written for such mass appeal that it technically can't be funny, because they're drawing from the same eight or nine jokes that are allowed because they don't offend anyone on this planet. So maybe, they think, I'm the new guy to say them. There's no benefit to doing that. If I don't think it's funny, then I'm not going to be funny." --quoted to Los Angeles Times, April 16, 1998

David Spade on the risk of taking a role on a new sitcom, the failure of which could damage one's professional reputation: "Your reputation is all you have. Six years of working my ass off on "SNL" could have been all stripped by two weeks on a sitcom--I would have been dead. You're not cool anymore. You're, like, some idiot. You're just a watered-down guy who has sold out." -- From Rolling Stone, April 30, 1998

Friend and fellow "Saturday Night Live" veteran Chris Rock on Spade's role as snarky assistant Dennis Finch on "Just Shoot Me": "Spade has the easiest gig in show business there. He just sits there and throws wisecracks like a damn Muppet in the balcony." --quoted in Rolling Stone, September 19, 1999

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companion:
Kristy Swanson. Actor. Together from c. 1996 to 1997.
companion:
Lara Flynn Boyle. Actor. Dated for approximately six months in 1998-99.
companion:
Caprice. Model. Reportedly dating in 2001.
companion:
Julie Bowen. Actress. Reportedly dating in 2002.
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father:
Sam Spade. Sales representative.
step-father:
Tom Todd.
mother:
Judy Todd. Writer, magazine editor. Divorced Spade's father in the late 1960s; remarried; second husband committed suicide; remarried two additional times.
brother:
Andy Spade. Older; operates Kate Spade handbag company with his wife.
brother:
Brian Spade. Older.
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