Character

Raymond "Red" Reddington

Played by James Spader

Character Bio

Former government agent Raymond Reddington spent years on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Known as the "Concierge of Crime," he sold secrets to and brokered deals between some of the world's most dangerous criminals. Off the grid for over 20 years, Red spontaneously turned himself in to the FBI, offering to help them hunt down criminals so elusive, the U.S. Government isn't aware they exist. His only condition: he will speak only with Elizabeth Keen, a new agent with whom Red seemingly shares no connection.

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Actor Bio

James Spader stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington on NBC's "The Blacklist." Spader's film credits include Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival; David Cronenberg's "Crash," which received the Special Jury Prize at Cannes; and Steven Shainberg's "Secretary," which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. Other film credits include "2 Days in the Valley," "Wolf" and "Less Than Zero." He starred in David Mamet's Broadway play "Race" in 2010. Spader starred in Steven Spielberg's feature "Lincoln," opposite Daniel Day Lewis, while also starring on NBC's hit comedy "The Office." Most recently, he co-starred in the feature film "The Homesman," alongside Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed), and starred as the titular villain in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." From 2004-08, Spader won three Emmy Awards for his seminal role as shameless attorney Alan Shore on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal," making him the only actor to win consecutive Emmys playing the same character on two different series.
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