James Wesley Marsters (* August 20 1962 in Greenville , California ) is an American actor and musician . He became famous for the role of the platinum blond vampire Spike on the television series Buffy – The Vampire Slayer . He also starred in the final season of Angel – The Vampire Slayer with a role in just called.He grew up with his brother Paul and his sister Susan in Modesto on, was married to actress Liane Davidson and has been divorced a few years back. Today he takes care of his son (Sullivan, born 1996) and his niece, with whom he collaborated in Los Angeles live (Santa Monica). He has since 2004 a German girlfriend, Patricia, to whom he dedicated some songs already, and his entire sophomore solo album.After the completion of the Davis High School , he attended the theater school Juilliard School , Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the American Conservatory Theater . He worked about 10 years as an actor at the theater , including New York , Chicago and Seattle . In the 1990s he moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a film actor.After several minor roles, including the series Northern Exposure succeeded him with the role of the vampire Spike on the show Buffy – The Vampire Slayer , the breakthrough. In 1999 he participated as a clerk at the comic book series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike & Dru , which in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics published.In 2001, Marsters his vocal talent in a musical episode, Once More With Feeling , in the series Buffy – The Vampire Slayer prove. After his Serientod in the final season of the show he performed in the same role (at times as a disembodied spirit) in the final season of Angel – The Vampire Slayer on.In addition, Marsters was lead singer of U.S. band Ghost of the Robot , in addition to the album Mad Brilliant , three singles (Valerie, David Letterman, New Man) and the EP ” it’s nothing published. ” In June 2004, James Marsters, the resolution of the famous band, but already entered on Halloween of that year, again with a guitar on stage in London, this time as solo artists.In the following year (2005) he released his album Civilized Man in April and went on tour through Great Britain. Other concert appearances and a theater performance followed in October of that year. He worked in the film Shadow Puppets with a co-star.In the spring of 2007, James Marsters did a few gigs in London and was on the Collectormania 11 in Milton Keynes (UK) found. In October 2007 he released his second solo album Like A Waterfall .In nine episodes of Smallville , he played the android Brainiac , aka ” Prof. Milton Fine . ” He is also in the second Season of Doctor Who offshoot Torchwood seen as “Captain John Hart”.In the 2007 and produced in March 2008 for the first time in U.S. broadcast television two-parter The Capture of the Green River Killer (dt of the Green River trail of the killer ), he plays a supporting role in the serial killer Ted Bundy .In January 2008 the film PS I Love You in German cinemas. Published in the 2009 feature film Dragonball evolution it is seen in the role of Piccolo.