When James Marsden began his career in 1991, it was in part thanks to brother/sister acting team Kirk Cameron and Candace Cameron Bure, according to the Internet Movie Database. Marsden met the sibling superstars while on vacation in Hawaii, and they invited him to visit in Los Angeles. Marsden left college at Oklahoma State University, where he was studying broadcast journalism, after just one year, and came to L.A. to begin his career.
Early in his career, Marsden appeared in hit 90’s TV shows like Saved by the Bell: The New Class and The Nanny under the name “Jimmy Marsden.” It was his performance as teen dad Rickey Beckett in the short lived series Second Noah, however, that drew attention from both critics and teenage girls.
In 2000, Marsden starred as Cyclops in the first “X-Men” movie, based on the comic books by the same name. He had to wear lifts for the role, in order to raise his 5’ 10’’ height to the 6’ 3’’ required for Cyclops. Marsden went on to reprise his role in both sequels to the movie. In the nine short years since his career began, Marsden proved himself to be both an accomplished comedic and dramatic actor.
Marsden soon found himself in the leading man role in a number of romantic films, including the popular “The Notebook” (2004), based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, as well as opposite Katherine Heigl in “27 Dresses” (2008). Not one to be typecast, however, Marsden also starred as Corny Collins, host of a popular Baltimore dance show, in a remake of“Hairspray” (2007).
Marsden’s personal life has been rocky. He married wife Lisa Linde in 2000, but Linde recently filed for divorce. The couple has a son, Jack, who was born in 2001, and a daughter, Mary James, who was born in 2005.
Marsden is often mistaken as the brother of actor Jason Marsden. The two are not related, but are said to be good friends. Their wives have also been friends since childhood.
Marsden continues to appear in both movies and TV shows, including a recent stint on 30 Rock. His upcoming movies include “The Butler” (2013) as John F. Kennedy, and the rumored sequel to “Enchanted” (2007), “Enchanted 2,” where he will reprise his role of Prince Edward. Nearly twenty years after his first TV appearance, James Marsden continues to prove that that he has staying power both on the big screen and small screen.