Mr. Grey turns Red: Best of The Blacklist’s James Spader

Dec 9, 2013 at 7:45 p.m. ET

If you think James Spader is the embodiment of Raymond "Red" Reddington on The Blacklist, then take a look at some of his earlier work to get a bigger picture of the seasoned actor.

James Spader as Red Reddington on The Blacklist

If you've never seen the brilliant James Spader before he made a splash this season on The Blacklist, you will want to after you take a gander at some of the clips below. He's been wowing audiences for decades, and that's not a dig at his age — those of us who have been on Team Spader all along have been entertained by his enormous talent and (wait for it) smoldering sexuality while the rest of you missed out.

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Watch and behold the wonder that is Spader.

Pretty in Pink (1986)


Spader played Steff, a rich kid who treated Andie (Molly Ringwald) and her best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) poorly in school, making them think twice about hanging out with another rich kid played by Andrew McCarthy. Spader rocked the white suit, didn't he?

Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)


Spader plays Graham Dalton. Dalton likes to videotape women talking about sex (and more, if they like) as his pet project. Ann (Andie McDowell) is a married woman who is sexually repressed. Guess what happens. This is one in a string of many roles Spader plays about men with sexual fetishes. He plays them very well.

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Stargate (1994)


You've seen the multiple series on television, but did you know it was Spader as Dr. Daniel Jackson who first discovered the Stargate in the first feature film? You do now.

Crash (1996)


Spader plays James Ballard, a man who gets caught up with a bunch of other folks, most notably Helen (Holly Hunter), who get their kicks by crashing cars — so much so that losing a limb isn't outside the realm of possibilities. Did I mention Spader's penchant for playing guys with sexual fetishes?

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Secretary (2002)


Mr. Grey was his name and sexual domination was his game. That's right. Long before Christian Grey was on the scene with 50 shades of anything, Spader was already playing a similarly-natured character also named Grey. His willing partner was Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), his secretary. What do you think — is this a mere coincidence or did E.L. James like what she saw?

Boston Legal (2004 - 2008)


Spader starred as Alan Shore in one of the best legal dramas ever to grace television. He also engaged in one of the most touching bromances ever portrayed with his partner, Denny Crane (William Shatner) the friend about whom he is speaking in this clip.

While you're waiting for The Blacklist to return, take some time to acquaint yourself with some of Spader's other work. It's a splendid way to get you through the hiatus.

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