Kevin Spacey

(* 1959)

Biographical Sketch

Kevin Spacey Fowler, KBE (born South Orange, NJ, USA, July 26, 1959), is an American actor, film director, producer, singer and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s that culminated in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995), and an Academy Award for Best Actor for midlife crisis-themed drama American Beauty (1999).

His other starring roles have included the psychological thriller Seven (1995), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the drama Pay It Forward (2000), the science fiction-mystery film K-PAX (2001), and the role of Lex Luthor in the superhero film Superman Returns (2006).

Spacey was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 until stepping down in mid-2015.  He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon.Litt.D.) from the London South Bank University in November 2005. In June 2008, he was appointed as Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, succeeding Patrick Stewart in the post.

Since 2013, Spacey has played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards. For his role as Underwood, he has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.

Read more about Kevin Spacey on Wikipedia.

 

Major Awards and Honors

Titles of the British Empire
  • 2010: Order of the British Empire – Honorary Commander
  • 2016: Order of the British Empire – Honorary Knight Commander
Academy Awards (USA)
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
  • 1999: Best Actor – “American Beauty”
Golden Globe Awards
(Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
  • 2014: Best Actor, Television Series Drama – “House of Cards”
Screen Actors Guild (USA)
  • 1999: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – “American Beauty”
  • 2014: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – “House of Cards”
  • 2015: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – “House of Cards”
National Board of Review (USA)
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
  • 1995: Best Cast – “The Usual Suspects”
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “Se7en”
Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1999: Star plaque
Tony Awards (Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) (USA)
  • 1991: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play – “Lost in Yonkers”
Society of London Theatre
  • 1999: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play – “The Iceman Cometh”
  • 2015: Special Olivier Award
    Shared with Sylvie Guillem.
BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
  • 1999: BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor – “American Beauty”
London Film Critics Circle
  • 1999: Actor of the Year – “American Beauty”
Empire Awards (Great Britain)
  • 1998: Best Actor – “L.A. Confidential”
Evening Standard Awards (Great Britain)
  • 2008: Special Award
Broadcast Film Critics Association
(USA / CANADA)
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
    Split with Ed Harris (“Apollo 13”)
New York Film Critics Circle
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “Se7en”
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “Outbreak”
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “Swimming With Sharks”
Boston Society of Film Critics
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
  • 1997: Best Supporting Actor – “L.A Confidential”
Chicago Film Critics Association
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
Seattle International Film Festival
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
Society of Texas Film Critics
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “The Usual Suspects”
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “Se7en”
  • 1995: Best Supporting Actor – “Outbreak”
  • 1997: Best Supporting Actor – “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”
  • 1997: Best Supporting Actor – “L.A. Confidential”
MTV Movie Awards
  • 1996: Best Villain – “Se7en”
Webby Awards
  • 2013: Special Achievement Award – “House of Cards”
Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) (Germany)
  • 2013: Best International Actor – “House of Cards”
Russian Guild of Film Critics
  • 2000: Best Foreign Actor – “American Beauty”

 

Filmography

Movies
  • Heartburn (1986)
    Role: Subway Thief (cameo)
  • Rocket Gibraltar (1988)
    Role: Dwayne Hanson
  • Working Girl (1988)
    Role: Bob Speck
  • See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
    Role: Kirgo
  • Dad (1989)
    Role: Mario
  • A Show of Force (1990)
    Role: Frank Curtin
  • Henry & June (1990)
    Role: Richard Osborn
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    Role: John Williamson
  • Consenting Adults (1992)
    Role: Eddy Otis
  • Iron Will (1994)
    Role: Harry Kingsley
  • The Ref (1994)
    Role: Lloyd Chasseur
  • Swimming with Sharks (1994)
    Role: Buddy Ackerman
    Also co-producer.
  • The Usual Suspects (1995)
    Role: Roger “Verbal” Kint
  • Outbreak (1995)
    Role: Major Casey Schuler
  • Se7en (1995)
    Role: John Doe
  • Looking for Richard (1996)
    Role: Himself / Duke of Buckingham
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
    Role: District Attorney Rufus Buckley
  • Albino Alligator (1997)
    Director.
  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
    Role: Detective Sergeant Jack Vincennes
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
    Role: James “Jim” Williams
  • The Negotiator (1998)
    Role: Lieutenant Chris Sabian
  • Hurlyburly (1998)
    Role: Mickey
  • A Bug’s Life (1998)
    Role: Hopper (voice)
  • American Beauty (1999)
    Role: Lester Burnham
  • The Big Kahuna (1999)
    Role: Larry Mann
    Also producer.
  • Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)
    Role: Michael Lynch
    Also producer.
  • Pay It Forward (2000)
    Role: Eugene Simonet
  • K-PAX (2001)
    Role: Prot / Robert Porter
  • The Shipping News (2001)
    Role: Quoyle
  • The United States of Leland (2003)
    Role: Albert T. Fitzgerald
    Also producer.
  • The Life of David Gale (2003)
    Role: David Gale
  • Beyond the Sea (2004)
    Role: Bobby Darin
    Also director, producer and writer.
  • Edison (2005)
    Role: Wallace
    Direct-to-video.
  • Superman Returns (2006)
    Role: Lex Luthor
  • Fred Claus (2007)
    Role: Clyde Northcut
  • 21 (2008)
    Role: Mickey Rosa
  • Telstar (2008)
    Role: Major Banks
  • Shrink (2009)
    Role: Henry Carter
  • Moon (2009)
    Role: GERTY (voice)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
    Role: Larry Hooper
  • Father of Invention (2010)
    Role: Robert Axle
  • Casino Jack (2010)
    Role: Jack Abramoff
  • The Social Network (2010)
    Executive producer.
  • Margin Call (2011)
    Role: Sam Rogers
  • Horrible Bosses (2011)
    Role: Dave Harken
  • Inseparable (2011)
    Role: Chuck
  • Envelope (2012)
    Role: Evgeniy Petrov
    Short film.
  • Captain Phillips (2013)
    Executive producer.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
    Role: Dave Harken
  • Elvis & Nixon (2016)
    Role: Richard Nixon
Television
  • The Equalizer (1987)
    Role: Detective Sgt. Cole; episode Solo
  • Long Day’s Journey into Night (1987)
    Role: James ‘Jamie’ Tyrone Jr.;  TV movie.
  • Crime Story (1987)
    Role: Senator Rourke; episode The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob
  • The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
    Role: Wes Brent; TV miniseries.
  • Wiseguy (1988)
    Role: Mel Profitt, 7 episodes
  • Unsub (1989)
    Role: Benton; episode Clean Slate
  • When You Remember Me (1990)
    Role: Wade;  TV movie.
  • Fall from Grace (1990)
    Role: Jim Bakker;  TV movie.
  • L.A. Law (1992)
    Role: Giles Keenan; episode Guess Who’s Coming Murder
  • TriBeCa (1993)
    Role: Chris Boden; episode Heros Exoletus
  • Doomsday Gun (1994)
    Role: Jim Price;  TV movie.
  • Saturday Night Live (1997 & 2006)
    Role: Himself (host), 2 episodes.
  • Recount (2008)
    Role: Ron Klain;  TV movie.
  • House of Cards (2013–present)
    Role: Francis “Frank” Underwood
  • The Colbert Report (2014)
    Role: Frank Underwood; episode 1,394

Notable Stage Appearances

  • Ghosts (Brooks Atkinson Theater, New York, 1982)
    Role: Oswald
  • Le Misanthrope (Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1983)
    Role: Philinte
  • The Seagull (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., 1985)
    Role: Konstantin
  • Long Day’s Journey into the Night (Broadhurst Theatre, New York, 1986)
    Role: James “Jamie” Tyrone Jr.
  • Lost in Yonkers (Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York, 1991)
    Role: “Uncle” Louie
  • The Iceman Cometh (Brooks Atkinson Theater, New York, 1997)
    Role: Theodore “Hickey” Hickman
  • The Philadelphia Story (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2005)
    Role:C.K. Dexter Haven
  • Richard II (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2005)
    Role: Richard II
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2006)
    Role: Jim Tyrone
  • Speed-the-Plow (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2008)
    Role: Charlie Fox
  • Inherit the Wind (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2009)
    Role: Henry Drummond
  • Richard III (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2011)
    Role: Richard III
  • Clarence Darrow (Old Vic Theatre, London, 2015)
    Role: Clarence Darrow

 

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