Kevin Spacey

Actor, Director, Producer
A chameleonic actor equally at home on stage or in film either as a hero or a villain, Kevin Spacey first gained notice with several strong stage performances both on and off-Broadway. Performing in stage productions of ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1959 in South Orange, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (117)

Nine Lives 2016 (Movie)

Tom Brand (Actor)

Countdown to the Globes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Horrible Bosses 2 2014 (Movie)

Dave Harken (Actor)

Inseparable 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kings X 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Shakespeare High 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Father of Invention 2011 (Movie)

Robert Axle (Actor)

Horrible Bosses 2011 (Movie)

Dave Harken (Actor)

Margin Call 2011 (Movie)

Sam Rogers (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Casino Jack 2010 (Movie)

Jack Abramoff (Actor)

Moon 2009 (Movie)

Gerty (Voice)

Shrink 2009 (Movie)

Henry Carter (Actor)

Telstar 2009 (Movie)

Major Banks (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

Larry Hooper (Actor)

21 2008 (Movie)

Micky Rosa (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Fred Claus 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

Clyde (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Lex Luthor (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

Bobby Darin (Actor)

Edison 2004 (Movie)

Wallace (Actor)

In Search of Ted Demme 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Albert T Fitzgerald (Actor)

The Life of David Gale 2003 (Movie)

David Gale (Actor)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

cameo (Actor)

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

David Blaine: Frozen in Time 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

K-Pax 2001 (Movie)

Prot (Actor)

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure 2001 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shipping News 2001 (Movie)

Quoyle (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ordinary Decent Criminal 2000 (Movie)

Michael Lynch (Actor)

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

Eugene Simonet (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Kahuna 2000 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Lester Burnham (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of Hopper (Voice)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hurlyburly 1998 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Steve McQueen: King of Cool 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

Chris Sabian (Actor)

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Lancaster 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

Jack Vincennes (Actor)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

Jim Williams (Actor)

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Rufus Buckley (Actor)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Buckingham (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

Major "Casey" Schuler (Actor)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

John Doe (Actor)

Swimming With Sharks 1995 (Movie)

Buddy Ackerman (Actor)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Roger "Verbal" Kint (Actor)

Iron Will 1994 (Movie)

Harry Kingsley (Actor)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

Eddy Otis (Actor)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

John Williamson (Actor)

L.A. Law 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Show of Force 1990 (Movie)

Frank Curtin (Actor)

Fall From Grace 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry & June 1990 (Movie)

Osborn (Actor)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

Kirgo (Actor)

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Long Day's Journey Into Night 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

Dwayne Hanson (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Bob Speck (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Subway Thief (Actor)

America Rebuilds (TV Show)

Actor

Darrow (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Gun (TV Show)

Actor

House of Cards (TV Show)

Actor

Inseparable (Movie)

(Actor)

Recount (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

United We Stand (TV Show)

Actor

When You Remember Me (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (22)

Inseparable 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Good Student 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Captain Phillips 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Safe 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shakespeare High 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Social Network 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fanboys 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

21 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Columbus Day 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sasquatch Gang 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

High Stakes with Ben Mezrich 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mini's First Time 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Triggerstreet.com 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lonely Place 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Big Kahuna 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Interstate 84 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Swimming With Sharks 1995 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Bernard and Doris (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Uncle Frank (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (3)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Mack the Knife") (Song Performer)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

("Ain't Got No Mama (Ain't Got No Papa)") (Song)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

("Cheek to Cheek") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Albino Alligator 1997 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Beyond the Sea 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A chameleonic actor equally at home on stage or in film either as a hero or a villain, Kevin Spacey first gained notice with several strong stage performances both on and off-Broadway. Performing in stage productions of "Ghosts," "Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Hurlyburly" helped pave the way for a feature film career atop the A-list, though his real on-camera start came with his deliciously eccentric performance as a heroin-addicted millionaire on the cult television series, "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990). After making the segue into features, Spacey bounced around in supporting roles until he gained widespread recognition for "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), in which he managed to keep up with heavyweights Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin and his personal idol, Jack Lemmon. But it was his Academy Award-winning performance as the mysterious Verbal Kint in "The Usual Suspects" (1995) that propelled Spacey into the limelight. He made equally impressionable appearances in "L.A. Confidential" (1997) and "Se7en" (1997), cementing his status as a hypnotic performer willing to challenge himself by playing unique characters. Though he slipped a bit with "Pay It Forward" (2000) and "K-PAX" (2001), Spacey remained a vital force in films like "Superman Returns" (2006), while also assuming the role of artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London in 2003. With award-worthy performances in the made-for-HBO movie "Recount" (2008) and the feature "Casino Jack" (2010), Spacey only enhanced his stature as one of Hollywood's most diverse and accomplished performers.

Relationships

Thomas Fowler

Father
Born 1924; was often unemployed causing the family to move frequently Died 1992 at age 68

Kathleen Fowler

Mother
Born 1931 Died 2003

Randy Fowler

Brother
Older

Julie Fowler

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

Chatsworth High School

Chatsworth , California 1977
Classmates included Mare Winningham and Val Kilmer; appeared in school production of "The Sound of Music" opposite Winnigham; was co-valedictorian with Winningham

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1979 - 1981
Enrolled at suggestion of Val Kilmer; dropped out after two years to pursue acting career

Northridge Military Academy

Northridge , California
Expelled

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen , California

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy ("Casino Jack")

2011

Joined the ensemble cast of the financial drama thriller "Margin Call"

2011

Played Jason Bateman's boss in the comedy "Horrible Bosses"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

2010

Starred as Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack"

2009

Voiced a robot named Gerty in the sci-fi thriller "Moon"

2009

Co-starred with George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"

2008

Portrayed Ron Klain, the General Counsel to Al Gore's recount committee in the HBO film "Recount"; also produced; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a TV-Movie

2008

Cast as an MIT lecturer in the film "21" along with Kate Bosworth and Laurence Fishburne

2008

Joined Jeff Goldblum in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" at London's Old Vic theater

2007

Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother "Fred Claus"

2006

Cast as the villainous Lex Luthor in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"

2005

Appeared on the London stage in the title role of Shakespeare's "Richard II" directed by Trevor Nunn

2004

Helmed "Beyond the Sea," a biopic of singer Bobby Darren, which took Spacey five years to bring to the big screen; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor and a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack

2003

Produced (also had supporting role) the independent film "United States of Leland"

2003

Named artistic director of London's historic Old Vic Theater

2003

Played an anti-capital punishment advocate accused of murder in "The Life of David Gale"

2002

Launched the website Triggerstreet.com, an online community where aspiring filmamkers could get their ideas to Hollywood power brokers

2002

Cameoed as himself playing a Hollywood version of Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers: Goldmember"

2001

Had lead in film version of the award-winning novel "The Shipping News"

2001

Starred as a mental patient convinced he's from another planet in "K-Pax"

2000

Agreed to serve as a consultant to London's Old Vic Productions

2000

Co-starred with Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward"

1999

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 5)

1999

Garnered critical acclaim and his second Oscar as married man undergoing a mid-life crisis in "American Beauty"

1999

Produced (also co-starred) "The Big Kahuna"; released theatrically in 2000

1998

Headlined a London stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"; reprised role on Broadway in 1999

1997

Played accused murderer Jim Williams in the film version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

1997

Landed strong featured role as a cop in "L.A. Confidential"

1996

Directorial debut, "Albino Alligator"

1995

Breakthrough screen role in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"

1994

Producing debut, "Swimming With Sharks"; also co-starred as a ruthless Hollywood executive

1991

Garnered accolades for his supporting role as a gangster wannabe in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"

1990

Portrayed televangelist Jim Bakker to Bernadette Peters' Tammy Faye in the NBC biopic "Fall From Grace"

1989

Played Lemmon's son-in-law in the feature "Dad"

1988

Had featured role in the NBC miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan," starring Gallagher and Lemmon

1987

TV acting debut in a guest role on the CBS series "The Equalizer"

1987

Recreated stage role for the Showtime adaptation of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1986

Film debut in the Nichols directed "Heartburn," playing a subway thief who mugs Meryl Streep's character

1986

First collaborations with Jack Lemmon and Peter Gallagher, the stage revival of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1984

Acted in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly"; originally hired as understudy for role of Phil, played by Harvey Keitel; later understudied roles of Mickey and Eddie

1982

Broadway debut in a production of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" opposite Liv Ullmann

1981

Worked for Joseph Papp in the Xerox room of the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF)

1981

New York stage debut as a soldier in New York Shakespeare Festival's "Henry VI, Part I"

1978

Performed one-man comedy show wherein he displayed a gift for impressions

1963

Moved to Southern California with family

Auditioned for the national tour of "The Real Thing"; director Mike Nichols instead suggested auditioning for "Hurlyburly"

Began performing stand-up comedy while still in high school

"Fired" from job at NYSF by Papp in effort to encourage him to pursue an acting career

Appeared with numerous regional and repertory companies (i.e., Kennedy Center, American National Theatre, Seattle Rep)

Auditioned for "The Gong Show" with a comedy routine; was rejected

Formed Trigger Street Productions

Bonus Trivia

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There was an official "Kevin Spacey Fan Site" located at www.spacey.com.

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In 2002, Spacey joined fellow actor Chris Tucker and former President Clinton on a on a five-day tour of Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique and South Africa, to help fight AIDS and to encourage economic development in Africa.

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On April 17, 2004, Kevin Spacey suffered a head injury in London after tripping over his dog while pursuing a young man who stole his cell phone. Initially, he reported that the injury was the result of a mugging, but later admitted the truth and stated that he was embarrassed by the situation.

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In 2008, Spacey was appointed the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University's St. Catherine's College.

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