James Marsden is an American former-model-turned-actor. He is most known for his portrayal of the Marvel Comics character, Scott Summer, and his superhero alter-ego, Cyclops, in the X-Men movie series.
Marsden is also a singer and has demonstrated his singing talent in such musicals as Disney's Enchanted and the movie adaptation of the Broadway play, Hairspray.
He also starred in the HBO sci-fi/western Westworld as the humanoid cowboy Teddy Flood. Most recently, he starred in the Netflix black-comedy drama series, Dead to Me.
Here are seven facts about James Marsden:
7. Father of Three Children
Marsden is a father to three children.
Son and Daughter with Ex-Wife, Lisa Linde
James Marsden was married for 11 years to actress Mary Elizabeth "Lisa" Linde. Lisa is an actress of Days of Our Lives fame, and the daughter of country music legend, Dennis Linde.
They tied the knot on July 22, 2000.
Marsden became a father for the first time when his now-ex-wife, Lisa, gave birth to their son, Jack Holden Marsden (born on February 1, 2001).
Their second child, daughter Mary James Marsden was born on August 10, 2005.
More than a decade and two children later, Lisa filed for divorce from Marsden in 2011, citing "irreconcilable differences". Their divorce was finalized on September 23, 2011.
Son with Ex-Girlfriend, Rose Costa
Marsden became a father for the third time when his ex-girlfriend, model Rose Costa, gave birth to their son, William Luca Costa-Marsden, on December 14, 2012.
6. Played Prince Edward in Disney's Enchanted
Marsden starred as Prince Edward in the Disney musical fantasy movie, Enchanted.
Starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and Susan Sarandon, the movie was a parody/homage to the Disney's tried-and-true formulaic fairy tale animated movies.
Besides starring in the movie, Marsden also performed sang on many of the tracks, including the title track, "Enchanted" -- a duet that Marsden performed with Menzel.
5. Starred as Teddy Flood in Westworld
Marsden has been a fixture on television since 1993 but had only guest appearances throughout his career in shows like Blossom, Bella Mafia, 30 Rock, and Modern Family.
The series is currently in the midst of its third season that premiered on March 15, 2020.
4. Starred in the Movie Adaptation of the Broadway Musical, Hairspray
Following his stellar performance in the musical fantasy, Enchanted, Marsden landed a prominent role in the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical, Hairspray.
He joined the ensemble cast consisting of Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, and Christopher Walken, among others, in the highly acclaimed musical romantic-comedy.
As part of the ensemble cast, Marsden won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
3. Played Cyclops in the X-Men Movies
Marsden landed arguably his biggest role to date as the mutant, Scott Summer, and his superhero counterpart, Cyclops. He became a staple of the X-Men movie franchise.
He starred in the first three movies, namely: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
When the movie franchise was restarted/spun-off, Marsden reprised his role in the movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
2. Starred in the Netflix Original Series, Dead to Me
Marsden recently starred in the first season of the Netflix black comedy series, Dead to Me.
The series is based around two friends: the recently-widowed real-estate agent, Jen Harding (played by Christina Applegate), and Judy Hale (played by Linda Cardellini), who meet at therapy group for bereft spouses.
Marsden played Steve Wood, Judy Hale's ex-fiancé. The series also stars Max Jenkins, Sam McCarthy, Suzy Nakamura, and Luke Roessler, among others.
The first season premiered on Netflix on May 3, 2019. The second season is set to premiere on May 8, 2020.
1. Has a Net Worth of $8 Million
According to celebritynetworth.com, James Marsden's net worth, as it currently stands, is $8 million.
A professional actor since 1993, Marsden gained worldwide recognition as Scott Summers/Cyclops in the X-Men movie series. He also demonstrated his versatility with starring performances in musicals like Disney's Enchanted and the film adaptation of the eponymous Broadway musical, Hairspray.
On the small screens, he starred as the humanoid cowboy Teddy Flood in the HBO sci-fi/western, Westworld, and the Netflix black-comedy drama series, Dead to Me.