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James Marsters, James Marsters

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 21, 2005

When I put together my recent list of strong supporting actors on TV series, I created a special category for a ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' alumni who worked (well) in prime-time shows this season. Unfortunately, I left one out, leading to e-mails like this one:


''Having read your article on 'Supporting roles, done well, elevate a TV show' I can't help but be astounded by your ommission of James Marsters (Spike) of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & ANGEL alumni. I am always amazed that of the many articles written, he never seems to get his due, although he is a superb actor with a huge following and the entire reason I began watching both BTVS & Angel.  He is the only actor I care about following from either of those shows. I feel his story arc was truly amazing and the one that kept me interested in watching these shows.  I don't watch many of the shows you mention, but I have always watched tv shows for the story & the acting rather than the big names involved; in fact, I tend to avoid watching shows that push so-called big names on us.  I have found the supporting players much more skilled and interesting. James Marsters has the kind of on-screen chemistry that transforms & elevates any role he is given & is truly mesmerizing to watch.  I'm sure that, by now, you have heard from more than a few of his fans....I just wanted to add my two cents.''


I did indeed receive other letters. In my mailbag for Thursday's Beacon Journal, I have included another one, with my guilty plea. I just plain forgot the guy. I knew I was missing someone, but I'm not a regular ''Smallville'' viewer and Marsters simply slipped my mind. The mailbag and this blog are attempts to make amends.

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