James Marsden Biography

James Marsden is an American actor, singer, and model. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

James Marsden
Quick Facts

Birthday: September 18, 1973

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: James Paul Marsden, Jimmy Marsden, J. P., Bello Jimmy

Born in: Stillwater

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Lisa Linde

father: James L. Marsden

mother: Kathleen Marsden

siblings: Elizabeth Marsden, Jeff Marsden, Jennifer Marsden, Robbie Marsden

children: Jack Marsden, Mary James Marsden, William Luca Costa-Marsden

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education: Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma State University–Stillwater

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James Marsden is an American actor, singer, and model. Marsden initially wanted to be a broadcast journalist and in fact enrolled in the course but then he changed track and put all his effort into becoming an actor. He has acted in television and in fact appeared in plenty of cult classic television series like ‘Ally McBeal’ and ’30 Rock’ among others. However, as far as Marsden was concerned television was the stepping stone towards a career in movies and throughout his career he has delivered excellent performances in well-known movies like ‘X-Men’, ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Enchanted’ that have turned him into a force to be reckoned with in the highly competitive world of Hollywood. On the other hand, his talents as a singer had gone completely unnoticed till he recorded two bestselling songs for a movie in which he had a role and since he then he has not looked back. James Marsden is one of the most talented individuals in Hollywood and it is guaranteed that his body of work would be appreciated by films fans for many years to come.

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James Marsden
Childhood & Early Life
  • James Paul Marsden was born on 18 September 1973 to James Luther Marsden and Kathleen Marsden, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His father was a professor at the Kansas State University while her mother was a nutritionist. He is one of the five children of his parents and has two sisters and two brothers.
  • John Marsden attended the Hefner Middle School but later on he moved to Putnam City High School located in Oklahoma City. Although his parents divorced when Marsden was all of 9 years old, it did not affect his academic accomplishments one bit.
  • After graduating from high school, John Marsden decided to enroll in a broadcast journalism course at the Oklahoma State University; however he quit the university after 18 months and instead took the decision of pursuing his ambition of becoming an actor by moving to Los Angeles.
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  • James Marsden got his first break in a fleeting appearance in the American show ‘Nanny’. However, his first big break came in the Canadian show ‘Boogies Diner’ and although the show did not last beyond a season, Marsden got noticed. Later on he starred in TV series like ‘Saved by the Bell’, ‘Party of Five’, ‘Second Noah’, ‘Disturbing Behaviour’ and ‘Ally McBeal’.
  • Although James Marsden had become a known face on television, he had not yet been able to get a foot in to the world of films but it all changed in 2000 when he appeared as Cyclops in the film ‘X-Men’. There were two sequels to the film as well in ‘X2’ and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, in which Marsden appeared albeit with reduced screen time.
  • Another landmark film in James Marsden’s career was the 2004 film ‘The Notebook’ in which played the role of one of the love interests of the female protagonist of the film played by Rachel McAdams. The film was a worldwide success.
  • In 2007, James Marsden was cast in the musical ‘Hairspray’; the movie also showcased his remarkable talent as a singer. He sang the title song ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Nicest Kids in Town’; both were smash hits. In the same year, he appeared with Amy Adams in the Disney blockbuster ‘Enchanted’. The following year he was cast as the male lead opposite Katherine Heigl in the film ’27 Dresses’.
  • In 2009, James Marsden was cast in a lead role in the film ‘The Box’ alongside Cameron Diaz; the film turned out to be a moderate success. The very next year he was cast as a member of the ensemble cast in the American remake of the classic British comedy ‘Death at a Funeral’ and the year later he starred in the commercially successful but negatively reviewed movie ‘Hop’ with Russell Brand.
  • In 2013, James Marsden appeared with super stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in ‘Guns 2’. In the same year, he also starred in the film ‘The Butler’. During this time, he played a recurring role in the highly popular TV series ’30 Rock’.
Major Works
  • Among the movies in which he has acted, ‘Enchanted’ alongside Amy Adams has to be his most famous and important project, not only due to the fact that the film was a blockbuster but also because of the fact that it was one film in which Marsden was able to showcase his abilities as an actor.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • James Marsden got married to Mary Elizabeth Linde in 2000. The couple has two children: a son named Jack Holden and a daughter named Mary James. They divorced five years later.
  • James Marsden has also had a relationship with Rosa Costa and the couple has a son named William Luca Costa-Marsden.
Net Worth
  • James Marsden has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

2. Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013)

  (Drama, Fantasy, Animation)

3. The Notebook (2004)

  (Drama, Romance)

4. Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)

  (Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy)

5. X2 (2003)

  (Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller)

6. X-Men (2000)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

7. The Butler (2013)

  (Drama, Biography)

8. Robot & Frank (2012)

  (Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Comedy)

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