James Marsden in X-Men (2000) – Actress Images

British postcard by Memory Card, no. 671. Photo: James Marsden as Cyclops in X-Men (Bryan Singer, 2000).

American actor James Marsden (1973) gained prominence with his portrayal of Scott Summers / Cyclops in the X-Men film series (2000–2014). He also starred in such box office hits as Superman Returns (2006), Hairspray (2007), and 27 Dresses (2008).

James Paul Marsden was born in 1973 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the son of Kathleen (née Scholtz), a nutritionist, and James Luther Marsden, a food safety advisor to LexiGene Industries. His parents divorced when he was nine years old. He attended Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School, in Oklahoma City. Later he went on to attend Oklahoma State University, where he studied broadcast journalism. Marsden left after one and a half years and moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue his acting career. He got his first job in a series of episodes of The Nanny as Eddie, Margaret Sheffield’s boyfriend. He guest-starred on television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993), Party of Five (1995), and Ally McBeal (2001-2002). Marsden starred in the films Disturbing Behavior (David Nutter, 1998) opposite Katie Holmes and Gossip (Davis Guggenheim, 2000) opposite Kate Hudson. That same year, Marsden was cast as Cyclops in X-Men (Bryan Singer, 2000). He also appeared in the sequel, X2 (Bryan Singer, 2003). In 2004, Marsden co-starred with Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands in the romantic drama The Notebook (Nick Cassavetes, 2004) as Lon Hammond, Jr., the second man Allie Hamilton (McAdams) falls in love with. Marsden also appeared in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns (2006), featuring Brandon Routh. Singer had dropped out of the third X-Men film to direct Superman and Marsden was cast as Lois Lane’s (Kate Bosworth) fiancé, Richard White. Due to schedule conflicts, Marsden’s screen time in X-Men: The Last Stand/X3 (Brett Ratner, 2006) was reduced, stirring controversy from fans of the comics. Marsden’s portrayal of Cyclops in the films was well received and garnered him a Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2007, Marsden played Corny Collins in the critically acclaimed musical Hairspray (Adam Shankman, 2007), the film adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film. Marsden sang two songs, ‘The Nicest Kids In Town’ and ‘(It’s) Hairspray’. His next role was with Amy Adams in the Disney hybrid animated/live-action film Enchanted (Kevin Lima, 2007), playing Prince Edward. Enchanted was well-received critically and proved to be a commercial success, earning more than $340 million worldwide at the box office. Following these successes, Marsden played the male lead in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses (Anne Fletcher, 2008) opposite star Katherine Heigl, which grossed $160 million worldwide. He also starred in the teen comedy Sex Drive (Sean Anders, 2008). Though the film was a moderate success, Marsden’s performance was heavily praised. In 2009, Marsden also played the male lead in the psychological thriller The Box (Richard Kelly, 2009), based on the 1970 short story ‘Button, Button’ by Richard Matheson, which was earlier made into an episode of The Twilight Zone. He starred opposite Cameron Diaz and Frank Langella. Then, Marsden was cast in the comedy Death at a Funeral (Neil LaBute, 2010), a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name, along with Chris Rock and Luke Wilson.

James Marsden made an appearance on Modern Family (2011), playing a squatter. He appeared as the male (live-action) lead in Hop (Tim Hill, 2010), an Easter-themed comedy co-starring Russell Brand as the Easter Bunny. Although the film grossed over $100 million at the U.S. box office, Hop generally received negative reviews. Then, Marsden played the lead in Straw Dogs (Rod Lurie, 2011), a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 film; Marsden portrayed the character played by Dustin Hoffman in the original. The film received mixed reviews and ended up being a box office flop. In 2012 and 2013, Marsden appeared in a recurring role in the sixth and seventh seasons of 30 Rock, playing Criss Chros, the boyfriend (and later husband) of the series’ main character Liz Lemon. He also appeared in several independent films, including Small Apartments (Jonas Åkerlund, 2012), the comedy Bachelorette (Leslye Headland, 2012) with Kirsten Dunst, and the comedy-drama As Cool as I Am (Max Mayer, 2013) with Claire Danes. In 2013, he co-starred with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the action film 2 Guns (Baltasar Kormákur, 2013). Soon after, he played President John F. Kenned in Lee Daniels’ historical drama The Butler (2013). The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who is a witness of notable political and social events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler. Marsden played Jack Lime, a rival reporter to Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Adam McKay, 2013). The following year, he reprised his role as Cyclops/Scott Summers for the first time in eight years in X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer, 2014) in a cameo, as did other actors from the first film including Anna Paquin and Famke Janssen. He would also star in his second Nicholas Sparks film titled The Best of Me (Michael Hoffman, 2014), replacing Paul Walker in the lead role. In the TV series Westworld (2016-2018), Marsden played the character of sentient android Teddy Flood. Other TV series he played in are the dark comedy series Dead to M (2019-2020), the miniseries The Stand (2020), and the miniseries Mrs. America (2020). In 2020, he also starred with Jim Carrey in the film Sonic the Hedgehog (Jeff Fowler, 2020), based on the Sonic video game franchise. The film grossed over $310 million worldwide. James Marsden married Mary Elizabeth "Lisa" Linde in 2000. The couple has two children: a son born in 2001 and a daughter born in 2005. They divorced in 2011, with Linde citing irreconcilable differences. He also has a son, born in 2012, with his former girlfriend Rose Costa.

Sources: Wikipedia and IMDb.

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