James Marsden, ‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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James Marsden has played leading men, jilted men, even mutant men but he’s ready to take on his most challenging role to date, appearing on the latest episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls. 

Marsden, best known for his roles in X-Men, joins the famous survivalist on a two-day adventure in Rattle Snake Canyon, Utah. The two will scale a mountain, climb through the canyon and forage for their own dinner in the new episode of the summertime hit. Before you watch Marsden test out his mountain-climbing skills, check out how he got here in the first place and learn a bit more on his life away from the cameras. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Marsden Attended Oklahoma State University

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27:  Actor James Marsden attends the premiere of IFC Films' 'THE D TRAIN' presented by Banana Boat at ArcLight Hollywood on April 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)


Marsden was born in September, 1973 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His father, James, was a well-known professor at Kansas State University, teaching animal sciences and industry. His mother, Kathleen, worked as a nutritionist. The two divorced when Marsden was just nine years old.

He attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University, where he studied broadcast journalism. Marsden stayed in school for about a year and a half, even joining Delta Tau Delta fraternity, before leaving to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.

2. His First Roles Came on TV & in the X-Men Films

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Marsden got his first acting job with a stint on The Nanny, playing Margaret Sheffield’s boyfriend. He then went on to star in the Canadian television series Boogies Diner, which aired for one season, before notching a handful of guest stints on shows like Party of Five and Ally McBeal.

Then, came X-Men.

Marsden was cast as Cyclops in the comic book franchise and immediately found his breakout Hollywood role as the mutant who could shoot lasers out of his eyes. He also went on to star in another comic book film, playing Lois Lane’s fiance Richard White in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. The move sparked a bit of controversy among fans as Marsden’s role in X-Men: The Last Stand was heavily reduced to allow for filming in the DC world.

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Marsden returned as Cyclops with a brief cameo in the franchise’s most recent installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past and has expressed interest in playing the character again in future films.

3. Marsden Married Mary Elizabeth Linde on July 22, 2000

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 27: Actor James Marsden (L) and his wife Lisa Linde attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' and Illumination Entertainment's "Hop" on March 27, 2011 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Marsden married actress Mary Elizabeth “Lisa” Linde, the daughter of country music songwriter, Dennis Linde, in 2000. The couple have two children together, Jack Holden and Mary James. However, the marriage didn’t lat and Linde officially filed for divorce on September 23, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. A representative for Linde told TMZ, “This was a mutual decision. They are committed to raising their kids together and remain great friends.”

In December 2012, Marsden welcomed a third child, son William Luca Costa-Marsden with ex-girlfriend Rose Costa. He told ABC News last year that it was his family, not his impressive film resume, that he was most proud of:

Work is difficult because you’ve got to spend time away from home, but it’s always nice to come back and not have to do anything, just spend time with them. They are still kind of wonderfully underwhelmed by what I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way. They think it’s cool but beyond that, I’m just still dad.

Marsden and Costa dated briefly in 2011 after his divorce and, according to reports, the two broke things off rather quickly.

4. He’s Found Success Singing – Even Off Screen

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In a bit of a surprising move, one of Marsden’s most successful career moves has come as a singer.

The Oklahoma native was part of the ensemble cast of the film Hairspray in 2007, a big-screen version of the popular Broadway musical, and did all of his own singer and dancing as Corny Collins. Marsden sang “The Nicest Kids In Town” and “(It’s) Hairspray” in the film, which soundtrack has sold over 1.2 million copies to date in the United States and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Marsden followed up in Enchanted, playing Prince Edward and once again lent his voice to the film, singing duets with both Amy Adams and Idina Menzel. The Disney film was a critical and commercial success, earning more than $340 million a thte worldwide box office.

5. Marsden is Set to Star in the New TV Series ‘Westworld’ Next Year

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23:  Actor James Marsden from "D-Train" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


Marsden’s schedule has been jam-packed recently with roles ranging from independent drams to TV to comedy that blends live action with animation. In 2012 and 2013 he appeared in a recurring role as Liz Lemon’s eventual husband on 30 Rock and most recently replaced the late Paul Walker in the Nicholas Spark’s film, The Best of Me.

Now, Marsden is turning his full attention back to TV. He’s set to start in the 2016 series, Westworld an HBO sci-fi western that tells the story of a futuristic theme park whose central computer breaks down, allowing the robots to take control. The show, which does not yet have an official premiere date, also stars Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins and Thandie Newton.

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