Harper Spade Is David Spade's Only Daughter Whose Birth Led to Him Not Talking to His Dad

Actor and comedian David Spade, known for his hilarious performances in "Grown Ups" and "Saturday Night Live," has a beautiful daughter named Harper Spade.

Back in 2008, David and his then-girlfriend, former Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace, welcomed to the world their only child together. Harper was born in Missouri on August 26, 2008.

Harper was David's eye-opener.

David Spade and Harper Spade on June 30, 2018 in Westwood, California | Photo: Getty Images

David Spade and Harper Spade on June 30, 2018 in Westwood, California | Photo: Getty Images


The entire pregnancy was a bit controversial as David and Jillian only had a brief relationship, and the comedian doubted that he was the biological father of the kid.

In fact, David opened up about Jillian's pregnancy in his 2018 audiobook titled "A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World." In it, he confessed that Harper was not planned, and it made him angry because he and his brothers were planned.

He pointed out, though, that he was happy for having a daughter and that Harper was the best thing in his life, proving just how a proud dad he is.

Another thing that David addressed in his book was how becoming a parent changed his relationship with his own dad, Sam.

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It is important to point out that Sam left his family when David was only four years old. The "Tommy Boy" actor said that Sam simply vanished from his home in Michigan, leaving him and his older brothers alone with their mom.

The comedian described his father as a "ne'er-do-well" who could be "cool and funny" sometimes but was also a "skirt-chaser" and an alcoholic.

After Sam left them, David would only see his dad twice or three times a year. However, their relationship used to be mostly positive before Harper Spade's birth.

While the child's birth was indeed what triggered in David a new wave of resentment towards his dad, the truth is that she did nothing wrong. Instead, she served more like an eye-opener for the comedian.


David revealed that, as an adult, he realized that Sam was a controller. He wouldn't give the actor or his brothers his phone number so that they could reach out to him whenever they wanted to.

Instead, Sam would be the one calling them when he felt like it. Putting together all the negative things that his father did, David noticed just how irresponsible he was.

After David Spade's daughter was born, the actor simply couldn't picture her being sick and trying to contact him without getting an answer, or not allowing her to call him at all. He added:

"I got this new tidal wave of resentment towards my dad because of his irresponsible behavior and manipulative mean streak. So I stopped talking to him."

The comedian admitted that it sounded "crazy," but that he finally noticed how Sam played his cards his way when he used to be a kid.

Finally, David pointed out that the only useful thing that Sam gave him was an excuse to be "nuts." According to the actor, he could always cry and act crazy and blame Sam for it because, at the end of the day, he left him when he was four years old.


Despite growing up with his father out of the picture, David became a successful actor and comedian and is one of the most famous faces in Hollywood nowadays.

Apart from that, he has the reputation of being a ladies' man. However, he once admitted to having put those days behind a few years ago.

The actor confessed that he has been trying to make things work with a person that he has known "for a long time."

Earlier this year, Harper Spade's dad admitted that he has been in self-isolation by himself but is still spending some time with his mystery girlfriend. He will reveal the name of his partner someday, hopefully.

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