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DAVID SPADE (Richie Goodman) was nominated for a 1999 Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on "Just Shoot Me.” Spade was previously best known for his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live.” Nominated for a Golden Globe in 1999 and 2000, and an American Comedy Award in 1999, for his work on "Just Shoot Me,” Spade's film career also continues to grow.

Last year, Spade created his own Comedy Central show, "The Showbiz Show with David Spade,” which he executive produces, hosts and writes along with pal Hugh Fink (à former "SNL” writer). The show is a half-hour comedy spoof on Hollywood, a la Spade's famed "Saturday Night Live” sketch "Hollywood Minute.” With Spade's biting comedy and quick wit, he has once again become a favorite with critics and industry peers alike. The show premiered last September and has climbed the ratings ever since. Comedy Central just began airing a second season in March.

Spade also lent his familiar voice and flair for comedy to the movie Racing Stripes. He and Steve Harvey play two horse flies that happen to be brothers. Their collective conversations provide this touching family film with a little comic relief. Whoopie Goldberg and Dustin Hoffman also lend their voices to the film. Racing Stripes premiered #1 at the box office opening weekend.

Spade was last seen starring in Paramount's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, which he co-wrote with Fred Wolf. Happy Madison produced the film, which enjoyed a #1 opening weekend slot at the box office. In it he plays a struggling actor who hasn't seen the light of fame since puberty. He fixates on a movie role that will bring his career back to life, but in order to get it, he has to re-live his childhood. He proceeds to rent a family in order to learn how to be a normal kid. Dickie Roberts has the same smart, dry comedy as all of Spade's movies, but also has an incredible heartwarming effect as you watch him grow with and learn from his "rented” brother and sister.

Spade previously starred in Columbia Pictures' Joe Dirt, which he also co-wrote. In this Happy Madison production, Spade portrays Joe, a man searching for his parents who abandoned him as a baby at the Grand Canyon. Joe Dirt enjoyed enormous success at the box-office and continues to be a top selling DVD. Spade is the lead voice in the animated holiday Disney classic, The Emperor's New Groove. Eartha Kitt, John Goodman, and Wendie Malick join Spade, and the soundtrack was composed and performed by Sting. The Emperor's New Groove grossed more than $150 million worldwide.

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters and colleges across the country. He made his television debut on "SNL” and was soon named the "Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” by Rolling Stone magazine. Some of Spade's memorable characters on "SNL” — where he served as both a writer and a performer — included the sarcastic "Hollywood Minute” reporter on "Weekend Update” and he also started the catch phrases "And you are…?” and "Buh-Bye.”

In addition to "SNL,” Spade has guest-starred on the critically acclaimed "The Larry Sanders Show” and appeared in HBO's "13th Annual Young Comedians Special.” In 1999, he headlined his own HBO special, "David Spade: Take the Hit.”

Spade co-starred with "SNL” alumnus Chris Farley in the films Tommy Boy and Blacksheep, and the pair won a 1996 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo for the former. His other feature credits include Reality Bites, Light Sleeper and Coneheads. In 1999, Spade starred in the romantic comedy Lost & Found, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.

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