James Marsden

James Paul Marsden (born September 18, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and former model. Marsden began his acting career guest starring in the television shows Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993), Touched by an Angel (1995), and Party of Five (1995). He gained prominence in the early 2000s with his portrayal of Scott Summers / Cyclops in the X-Men film series (2000–2014), and starred in Superman Returns (2006). Other works during this period include The Notebook (2004), 10th & Wolf (2006), and The Alibi (2006). Following his breakthrough in comic book films, Marsden went on to star in various genre films, including Hairspray (2007), which was a critical and commercial success and won many awards for its ensemble cast. As Corny Collins, he sang two songs for the film's soundtrack which has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. He subsequently appeared in the films Sex Drive (2008), The Box (2009), and Straw Dogs (2011). Marsden has also had starring roles in family-friendly films such as Enchanted (2007) and Hop (2011), and leading roles in 27 Dresses (2007), The Best of Me (2014), and Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). In 2012, Marsden starred in a range of independent films such as Small Apartments, Bachelorette, and Robot & Frank. He later returned to television guest-starring in Modern Family (2011), and playing Liz Lemon's love interest, Criss Chros in 30 Rock (2012–2013) in a supporting role. In 2013, Marsden portrayed President John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniels's The ...

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2 Guns (2013)

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A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baltasar Kormákur
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Paula Patton  •  Bill Paxton

A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baltasar Kormákur
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Paula Patton  •  Bill Paxton

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

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With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam McKay
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Steve Carell  •  Paul Rudd  •  Christina Applegate

With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam McKay
CAST:  Will Ferrell  •  Steve Carell  •  Paul Rudd  •  Christina Applegate

Zoolander (2001)

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Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. It's a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Owen Wilson  •  Christine Taylor  •  Will Ferrell

Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. It's a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Owen Wilson  •  Christine Taylor  •  Will Ferrell

10th & Wolf (2006)

A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moresco
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Leo Rossi  •  Dennis Hopper

A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moresco
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Leo Rossi  •  Dennis Hopper

Campfire Tales (1997)

Anthology of famous, scary urban legends done with a modern twist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Cooper  •  David Semel  •  Martin Kunert
CAST:  Jay R. Ferguson  •  Christine Taylor  •  Christopher Masterson  •  Kim Murphy

Anthology of famous, scary urban legends done with a modern twist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Cooper  •  David Semel  •  Martin Kunert
CAST:  Jay R. Ferguson  •  Christine Taylor  •  Christopher Masterson  •  Kim Murphy

Enchanted (2007)

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The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Lima
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Amy Adams  •  James Marsden  •  Timothy Spall

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on a "happily ever ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Lima
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Amy Adams  •  James Marsden  •  Timothy Spall

Hairspray (2007)

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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Shankman
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Christopher Walken  •  Amanda Bynes

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Shankman
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Christopher Walken  •  Amanda Bynes

Heights (2005)

'Heights' follows five characters over 24 hours on a fall day in New York City. Isabel, a photographer, is having second thoughts about her upcoming marriage to Jonathan, a lawyer. On the same day, Isabel's mother Diana learns that her husband has a new lover and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Terrio
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  James Marsden  •  Daniel Neiden

'Heights' follows five characters over 24 hours on a fall day in New York City. Isabel, a photographer, is having second thoughts about her upcoming marriage to Jonathan, a lawyer. On the same day, Isabel's mother Diana learns that her husband has a new lover and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Terrio
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  James Marsden  •  Daniel Neiden

Interstate 60 (2002)

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An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Gale
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Gary Oldman  •  Amy Smart  •  Christopher Lloyd

An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Gale
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Gary Oldman  •  Amy Smart  •  Christopher Lloyd

Sugar & Spice (2001)

When Jack and Diane find themselves in an unexpected adult situation, the A-Squad comes to their rescue. In order to help their friend Diane, the A-Squad goes where no cheerleader has gone before: taking on a little after-school project known as bank robbery. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francine McDougall
CAST:  Marla Sokoloff  •  Marley Shelton  •  Melissa George  •  Mena Suvari

When Jack and Diane find themselves in an unexpected adult situation, the A-Squad comes to their rescue. In order to help their friend Diane, the A-Squad goes where no cheerleader has gone before: taking on a little after-school project known as bank robbery. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francine McDougall
CAST:  Marla Sokoloff  •  Marley Shelton  •  Melissa George  •  Mena Suvari

Superman Returns (2006)

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Superman returns to discover his 5-year absence has allowed Lex Luthor to walk free, and that those he was closest to felt abandoned and have moved on. Luthor plots his ultimate revenge that could see millions killed and change the face of the planet forever, as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Brandon Routh  •  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Bosworth  •  James Marsden

Superman returns to discover his 5-year absence has allowed Lex Luthor to walk free, and that those he was closest to felt abandoned and have moved on. Luthor plots his ultimate revenge that could see millions killed and change the face of the planet forever, as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Brandon Routh  •  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Bosworth  •  James Marsden

The 24th Day (2004)

Tom and Dan's one-night stand turns into an intense power-play between captor and captive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Piccirillo
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Scott Speedman  •  Sofía Vergara  •  Barry Papick

Tom and Dan's one-night stand turns into an intense power-play between captor and captive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Piccirillo
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Scott Speedman  •  Sofía Vergara  •  Barry Papick

The Alibi (2006)

Con man Ray Elliot decides to leave crime behind to start a company that sells fake alibis to clients who have been unfaithful to their significant others. It seems that the streetwise Ray has found his calling, until he unexpectedly becomes a murder suspect in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Checkowski  •  Kurt Mattila
CAST:  Rebecca Romijn  •  Steve Coogan  •  Jerry O'Connell  •  Jon Polito

Con man Ray Elliot decides to leave crime behind to start a company that sells fake alibis to clients who have been unfaithful to their significant others. It seems that the streetwise Ray has found his calling, until he unexpectedly becomes a murder suspect in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Checkowski  •  Kurt Mattila
CAST:  Rebecca Romijn  •  Steve Coogan  •  Jerry O'Connell  •  Jon Polito

The Box (2009)

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Kelly
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  James Marsden  •  Frank Langella  •  Michael Zegen

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Kelly
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  James Marsden  •  Frank Langella  •  Michael Zegen

X-Men (2000)

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Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Ian McKellen  •  Famke Janssen

Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Ian McKellen  •  Famke Janssen

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men—led by Professor Charles Xavier—and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organised under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Halle Berry  •  Ian McKellen  •  Patrick Stewart

When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men—led by Professor Charles Xavier—and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organised under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Halle Berry  •  Ian McKellen  •  Patrick Stewart

X2 (2003)

Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses—Magneto and Mystique—to unhinge Stryker's scheme to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Ian McKellen  •  Halle Berry

Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses—Magneto and Mystique—to unhinge Stryker's scheme to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Ian McKellen  •  Halle Berry

Disturbing Behavior (1998)

Steve Clark is a newcomer in the town of Cradle Bay, and he quickly realizes that there's something odd about his high school classmates. The clique known as the "Blue Ribbons" are the eerie embodiment of academic excellence and clean living. But, like the rest of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Nutter
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Katie Holmes  •  Nick Stahl  •  Steve Railsback

Steve Clark is a newcomer in the town of Cradle Bay, and he quickly realizes that there's something odd about his high school classmates. The clique known as the "Blue Ribbons" are the eerie embodiment of academic excellence and clean living. But, like the rest of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Nutter
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Katie Holmes  •  Nick Stahl  •  Steve Railsback

Search and Rescue (1994)

They may seem like an ordinary group of people from the small town of Bear Valley, but after they risk their lives to perform heroic rescues in the rugged Sierra Mountains, it is obvious that these courageous people make up a very special team.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Krasny
CAST:  Robert Conrad  •  Dee Wallace  •  Chad McQueen  •  Ramón Franco

They may seem like an ordinary group of people from the small town of Bear Valley, but after they risk their lives to perform heroic rescues in the rugged Sierra Mountains, it is obvious that these courageous people make up a very special team.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Krasny
CAST:  Robert Conrad  •  Dee Wallace  •  Chad McQueen  •  Ramón Franco

Unfinished Business (2015)

A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Scott
CAST:  Dave Franco  •  Vince Vaughn  •  James Marsden  •  June Diane Raphael

A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Scott
CAST:  Dave Franco  •  Vince Vaughn  •  James Marsden  •  June Diane Raphael
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