David Spade was born in 1964 in Birmingham, Michigan. After attending Arizona State University briefly, Spade began performing stand-up around town in Temple. His friendship with Dennis Miller led to his role as a member of the Saturday Night Live cast in 1990, where he developed a number of memorable characters and became a household name. He remained with the cast until 1996, at which time he began focusing full-time on a film career.
The year after, David Spade began appearing on the highly successful television series Just Shoot Me!, which ran until 2003 and earned him both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work. Although Just Shoot Me! is the show most often associate with David Spade, he has also appeared in a number of films, including: Coneheads (1993), Reality Bites (1994), Tommy Boy (1995), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), The Rugrats Movie (1998), Lost & Found (1999), Joe Dirt (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Grandma’s Boy (2006), Grown Ups (2010), Jack & Jill (2011), and Hotel Transylvania (2012.) He also joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules shortly after the unfortunate passing of John Ritter, its previous star.
David Spade currently stars on the sitcom Rules of Engagement as the character Russell Dunbar. He continues to make appearances on a variety of other shows and at events, however, and is also currently in development for a potential series based on his popular Joe Dirt character from the movie of the same name.