Spader was a star well before he joined The Blacklist cast. His first role is listed as Jimmy on movie, Team-Mates. In the 1980s, he had roles on some of the decades notable movies, including Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, Baby Boom, Less than Zero, Wall Street, and Sex, Lies and Videotape. He never stopped making films throughout the 1990-2000s. He also stopped by Seinfield in 1997 as Jason 'Stanky' Hanky. Spader made the move to TV as Alan Shore, first on The Practice and then on Boston Legal. Before The Blacklist, he played Robert California on 25 episodes of The Office.