Kevin Spacey Biography

Birthday: 1959-07-26
Place of Birth: South Orange, New Jersey USA
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki Biography: As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "It's not that I want to create some bullshit mystique by maintaining a silence about my personal life, it is just that the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person". There are, however, certain biographical facts to be had - for starters, Kevin Spacey Fowler was the youngest of three children born to Thomas and Kathleen Fowler in South Orange, New Jersey. His mother was a personal secretary, his father a technical writer whose irregular job prospects led the family all over the country. They eventually settled in southern California, where young Kevin developed into quite a little hellion - after he set his sister's tree house on fire, he was shipped off to the Northridge Military Academy, only to be thrown out a few months later for pinging a classmate on the head with a tire. Spacey then found his way to Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, where he managed to channel his dramatic tendencies into a successful amateur acting career. In his senior year, he played "Captain von Trapp" opposite classmate Mare Winningham's "Maria" in "The Sound of Music" (the pair later graduated as co-valedictorians). Spacey claims that his interest in acting - and his nearly encyclopedic accumulation of film knowledge - began at an early age, when he would sneak downstairs to watch the late late show on TV. Later, in high school, he and his friends cut class to catch revival films at the NuArt Theater. The adolescent Spacey worked up celebrity impersonations (James Stewart and Johnny Carson were two of his favorites) to try out on the amateur comedy club circuit. He briefly attended Los Angeles Valley College, then left (on the advice of another Chatsworth classmate, Val Kilmer) to join the drama program at Juilliard. After two years of training he was anxious to work, so he quit Juilliard sans diploma and signed up with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His first professional stage appearance was as a messenger in the 1981 production of "Henry VI". Festival head Joseph Papp ushered the young actor out into the "real world" of theater, and the next year Spacey made his Broadway debut in Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts". He quickly proved himself as an energetic and versatile performer (at one point, he rotated through all the parts in David Rabe's "Hurlyburly"). In 1986, he had the chance to work with his idol and future mentor, Jack Lemmon, on a production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". While his interest soon turned to film, Spacey would remain active in the theater community - in 1991, he won a Tony Award for his turn as "Uncle Louie" in Neil Simon's Broadway hit "Lost in Yonkers" and, in 1999, he returned to the boards for a revival of O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh". Spacey's film career began modestly, with a small part as a subway thief in Heartburn (1986). Deemed more of a "character actor" than a "leading man", he stayed on the periphery in his next few films, but attracted attention for his turn as beady-eyed villain "Mel Profitt" on the TV series "Wiseguy" (1987). Profitt was the first in a long line of dark, manipulative characters that would eventually make Kevin Spacey a household name: he went on to play a sinister office manager in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), a sadistic Hollywood exec in Swimming with Sharks (1994), and, most famously, creepy, smooth-talking eyewitness Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects (1995). The "Suspects" role earned Spacey an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and catapulted him into the limelight. That same year, he turned in another complex, eerie performance in David Fincher's thriller Se7en (1995) (Spacey refused billing on the film, fearing that it might compromise the ending if audiences were waiting for him to appear). By now, the scripts were pouring in. After appearing in Al Pacino's Looking for Richard (1996), Spacey made his own directorial debut with Albino Alligator (1996), a low-key but well received hostage drama. He then jumped back into acting, winning critical accolades for his turns as flashy detective Jack Vincennes in L.A. Confidential (1997) and genteel, closeted murder suspect Jim Williams in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). In October 1999, just four days after the dark suburban satire American Beauty (1999) opened in US theaters, Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Little did organizers know that his role in Beauty would turn out to be his biggest success yet - as Lester Burnham, a middle-aged corporate cog on the brink of psychological meltdown, he tapped into a funny, savage character that captured audiences' imaginations and earned him a Best Actor Oscar. No longer relegated to offbeat supporting parts, Spacey seems poised to redefine himself as a Hollywood headliner. He says he's finished exploring the dark side - but, given his attraction to complex characters, that mischievous twinkle will never be too far from his eyes. In February 2003 Spacey made a major move back to the theatre. He was appointed Artistic Director of the new company set up to save the famous Old Vic theatre, The Old Vic Theatre Company. Although he did not undertake to stop appearing in movies altogether, he undertook to remain in this leading post for ten years, and to act in as well as to direct plays during that time. His first production, of which he was the director, was the September 2004 British premiere of the play Cloaca by Maria Goos (made into a film, Cloaca (2003) (TV)). Spacey made his UK Shakespearean debut in the title role in Richard II in 2005. In 2006 he got movie director Robert Altman to direct for the stage the little-known Arthur Miller play Resurrection Blues, but that was a dismal failure. However Spacey remained optimistic, and insisted that a few mistakes are part of the learning process. He starred thereafter with great success in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten along with 'Colm Meaney' and Eve Best, and in 2007 that show transferred to Broadway. In February 2008 Spacey put on a revival of the David Mamet 1988 play Speed-the-Plow in which he took one of the three roles, the others being taken by Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Working Girl Bob Speck 1988 Comedy
Recount Ron Klain 2008 Drama
Stadsdokter, De Albert T. Fitzgerald 2011 Drama
Cowboy Traders Micky Rosa 2011
House of Cards (2013) Francis Underwood 2222
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Rocket Gibraltar 1988 0
The Murder of Mary Phagan 1988 Crime, Drama, History
Working Girl Bob Speck 1988 Comedy, Romance, Drama
Working Girls Bob Speck 1988 Comedy, Romance, Drama
See No Evil, Hear No Evil Kirgo 1989 Action, Comedy, Crime
Fall from Grace 1990 Drama
A Show of Force 1990 Drama, Thriller
Henry & June Richard Osborn 1990
When You Remember Me 1990 Drama
Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson 1992 Drama
Consenting Adults 1992 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Ref Lloyd Chasseur 1994 0, Comedy
Swimming with Sharks Buddy Ackerman 1994 0
Iron Will 1994 Family, Adventure
The Usual Suspects Roger 'Verbal' Kint 1995 Comedy, Game Show
Outbreak 1995 Game Show, 0, 0
A Time to Kill D.A. Rufus Buckley 1996 Game Show, Comedy
Looking for Richard Earl of Buckingham 1996 Documentary, Drama
L.A. Confidential Jack Vincennes 1997 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Jim Williams 1997 Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Negotiator 1998 Comedy, 0, Game Show
A Bug's Life Hopper 1998
Hurlyburly Mickey 1998 Comedy, Drama
American Beauty Lester Burnham 1999 Drama
Ordinary Decent Criminal Michael Lynch 2000 0, Game Show
The Big Kahuna Larry Mann 2000 0
Pay It Forward Eugene Simonet 2000 Drama, Romance
The Shipping News Quoyle 2001 0
K-PAX Prot 2001
The Life of David Gale David Gale 2003 Drama, Crime, Thriller
Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin 2004 0
The United States of Leland Albert T. Fitzgerald 2005 Crime, Drama, Romance
Edison Wallace 2005 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Superman Returns Lex Luthor 2006 0, Sport
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman 2006 Documentary, History
Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman 2006 Documentary, History
Fred Claus Clyde 2007 0, 0, 0, 0
My Big Break 2008
21 Micky Rosa 2008 0
Moon GERTY 2009 Sport, Game Show
Shrink 2009 0
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story Major Wilfred Banks 2009 Biography, Drama, Music
The Men Who Stare at Goats Larry Hooper 2009 Comedy
Casino Jack Jack Abramoff 2010 Biography, Comedy, Crime
Horrible Bosses Dave Harken 2011
Father of Invention Robert Axle 2011
Margin Call Sam Rogers 2011
Inseparable Chuck 2012 Drama, Thriller
Elvis & Nixon Richard Nixon 2015 Comedy
Dad Mario 2018