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Also Known As: Jimmy Marsden, James Paul Marsden Died:
Born: September 18, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA Profession: actor, model, singer, musician

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Handsome leading man and former Versace model James Marsden emerged as one of a batch of attractive young actors in the late-1990s that surprised both critics and audiences with a string of diverse, comedic performances a decade later. After appearing in a production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in college, Marsden began making guest appearances on popular series that included "The Nanny" (CBS, 1993-2000), "Blossom" (NBC, 1990-95) and "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000). He soon made the jump to leading man status with his role as a teen father on the short-lived family drama series "Second Noah" (ABC, 1996-97). He followed with strong performances in "young Hollywood" ensemble projects like "Disturbing Behavior" (1998), before receiving his breakthrough as the mutant superhero Cyclops in the hotly anticipated film version of the Marvel comic, "X-Men" (2000). He revived the character for "X2: X-Men United" (2003), although it would be his turns in "Hairspray" (2007) and "Enchanted" (2007) that demonstrated Marsden's previously unknown musical and comedic abilities. And while not as successful as the "X-Men" films or the Disney hit "Enchanted," Marsden's work in projects like "The Box" (2009) and "Straw Dogs"...

Handsome leading man and former Versace model James Marsden emerged as one of a batch of attractive young actors in the late-1990s that surprised both critics and audiences with a string of diverse, comedic performances a decade later. After appearing in a production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in college, Marsden began making guest appearances on popular series that included "The Nanny" (CBS, 1993-2000), "Blossom" (NBC, 1990-95) and "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000). He soon made the jump to leading man status with his role as a teen father on the short-lived family drama series "Second Noah" (ABC, 1996-97). He followed with strong performances in "young Hollywood" ensemble projects like "Disturbing Behavior" (1998), before receiving his breakthrough as the mutant superhero Cyclops in the hotly anticipated film version of the Marvel comic, "X-Men" (2000). He revived the character for "X2: X-Men United" (2003), although it would be his turns in "Hairspray" (2007) and "Enchanted" (2007) that demonstrated Marsden's previously unknown musical and comedic abilities. And while not as successful as the "X-Men" films or the Disney hit "Enchanted," Marsden's work in projects like "The Box" (2009) and "Straw Dogs" (2011) gave further proof that the talented actor was more than just another pretty face.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Walk of Shame (2014)
2.
 Best of Me, The (2014)
3.
 As Cool As I Am (2013)
4.
 Red Machine (2013)
5.
 Two Guns (2013)
7.
 Anchorman 2 (2013)
8.
 Robot & Frank (2012)
9.
 Small Apartments (2012)
10.
 Bachelorette (2012)
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Worked as a Versace model
1992:
Landed TV acting debut with a bit role on two episodes of "The Nanny" (CBS)
1993:
Made his TV-movie debut in NBC's "In the Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco"
1995:
Appeared in a recurring role on syndicated series "Boogie's Diner"
1996:
Played Ricky, a teen father, on "Second Noah" (ABC)
1996:
Portrayed the son of Ma Barker in "Public Enemy #1" (HBO)
1997:
Starred in TV-movie "On the Edge of Innocence" (NBC)
1997:
Cast in a featured role in the CBS miniseries "Bella Mafia"
1998:
Co-starred with Nick Stahl and Katie Holmes in the teen thriller "Disturbing Behavior"
2000:
Appeared in the ensemble flick "Gossip" with Joshua Jackson, Kate Hudson and Norman Reedus
2000:
Cast as the mutant Cyclops in Bryan Singer's big-screen version of the Marvel comic "X-Men"
2001:
Co-starred with Mena Suvari in the teen comedy "Sugar and Spice"
2001:
Joined the cast of "Ally McBeal" (Fox) as lawyer Glenn Foy; left show after appearing in 13 episodes
2003:
Reprised role of Cyclops in the sequel "X2"
2004:
Cast opposite Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook"
2005:
Co-starred in "Heights," a drama following five New Yorkers over a 24-hour period
2006:
Reprised the role of Cyclops in the third installment of the "X-Men" series, "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2006:
Cast as as Richard White in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"
2007:
Played Corny Collins in "Hairspray," the film adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters movie
2007:
Cast as dashing Prince Edward in Disney's modern-day animation and live-action fairy tale "Enchanted"
2008:
Played Katherine Heigl's love interest in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses"
2009:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in "The Box"
2010:
Co-starred in the Chris Rock-produced black comedy "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name
2010:
Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
2011:
Co-starred with Kate Bosworth in Rod Lurie's remake of "Straw Dogs"
2012:
Cast alongside Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson in "Bachelorette"
2012:
Featured in "Robot & Frank" with Frank Langella
2013:
Appeared in the action film "2 Guns"
2013:
Played JFK in the drama "The Butler"
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Education

Putnam City North High School: Oklahoma City , Oklahoma -
Oklahoma State University: Stillwater , Oklahoma -

Notes

"In the fifth grade I didn't have any friends. And on top of that, my mom was a cafeteria lady. At that age it's like, 'Mom, don't come up to me and be all sweet and tell me you love me. I'm trying to make friends here.'" --James Marsden in US, September 1996.

"I've lost so many roles because I'm quote unquote too good-looking". He rolls his eyes, embarrassed at the thought. "Of course, I don't want to sound arrogant because maybe they're just bullshitting me and I suck." --Marsden to Flaunt, April 2000.

On playing teenagers when he is really in his mid-20s: "I don't know how much longer I can keep it up. . . I'm going to have to say, 'Keep the camera three meters away and no closeups', if I do another teen role." --Marsden to Flaunt, April 2000.

Marsden has said he is sick of Internet rumors that say his baby blues are fake. He swears they are NOT contact lenses.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Lisa Linde. Actor. Born c. 1972; together since 1995; married on July 22, 2000.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Robbie Marsden.
son:
Jack Marsden. Born on February 1, 2001.

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