Following his hilarious appearance in “The Office” season finale, Boston native, James Spader has officially joined the cast of the popular NBC sitcom. After weeks of speculation, it was officially announced that Spader will play the new CEO of Sabre Dunder Mifflin, replacing actress Kathy Bates.
Spader was born in Boston and attended private schools in Massachusetts before dropping out in eleventh grade to pursue acting in New York City. He started his career appearing in popular 80′s movies, Pretty In Pink and Mannequin before returning to his New England roots as brilliant attorney, Alan Shore, in David E. Kelley’s “Boston Legal.”
In “The Office” season finale Spader appeared as Robert California, a businessman interviewing for Michael Scott’s vacant position at the Scranton branch. Last month, “The Office” executive producer Ricky Gervais announced Spader would be joining the show as a permanent cast member, but not as a replacement for Steve Carell’s character. He will instead replace Kathy Bates, who is committed to a second season of her own NBC show, “Harry’s Law.” Spader will join fellow New England natives on “The Office,” John Krasinski, B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling.