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Kevin Spacey
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Birth Name: Kevin Fowler
Birthdate: July 26, 1959
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey
Occupations: Actor, Director, Producer
Quote: "The reason movies are odd for an actor like me is that there's so much guesswork; you're guessing something is right. In the theater, you get to try out all the possibilities. You can stink in rehearsals. On a film, you can't do that, it's in the can, it's taken away." --The Guardian, November 18, 1999
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Claim to Fame: Coproduced and starred as a ruthless Hollywood executive in Swimming with Sharks (1994)

Family:
Father: technical writer; died 1993
Mother: Kathleen Fowler (née Spacey), secretary
Brother: older
Sister: paralegal; older

Biography
The chameleonic Spacey first gained notice on the New York stage opposite Liv Ullmann in "Ghosts". Director Mike Nichols chose him to replace Harvey Keitel in David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" and later cast Spacey as a thief in "Heartburn" (1986) and a Wall Street broker in "Working Girl" (1989). With his average looks and compact build, Spacey is equally at home playing ordinary guys (the struggling stand-up comic in "Rocket Gibraltar" 1988) or edgy villains (Mel Proffit in the CBS drama series "Wiseguy").

Spacey has given many memorable screen performances, including the sadistic office manager at odds with his staff in the film version of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross", and a kinky and adulterous murderer in "Consenting Adults" (both 1992). He co-produced and starred as a ruthless film studio executive in the underappreciated "Swimming With Sharks" and was half (with Judy Davis) of a bickering couple held hostage by a burglar (Dennis Leary) in "The Ref" (both 1994). In 1995, Spacey was featured in three films: as an army major dealing with a potential health threat in the virus thriller "Outbreak"; as a crippled, talkative thief in "The Usual Suspects", which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar; and as the serial killer in "Seven". He turned to the other side of the law as a crusading prosecutor in the film version of John Grisham's "A Time to Kill" (1996), directed by Joel Schumacher.

The busy actor stepped behind the camera to make his directorial debut with "Albino Alligator" (1997), about three petty thieves who are mistaken as infamous gunmen. The film received mixed reviews and quickly faded from release. Spacey had better success as an actor in 1997 with an award-winning portrayal of a celebrity cop in Curtis Hanson's noirish "L.A. Confidential". Later in the year, he garnered critical praise (although the overall film received mixed to negative notices) for his turn as Jim Williams, the Savannahian accused of murdering his male lover, in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".
 

Filmography
Beyond Words
Uncle Frank (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)
K-PAX (2001)
The Shipping News (2001)
Pay It Forward (2000)
Interstate 84 (2000)
President Clinton: Final Days (2000)
Ordinary Decent Criminal (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Dial H For Hitchcock (1999)
Forever Hollywood (1999)
The Negotiator (1998)
Hurlyburly (1998)
A Bug's Life (1998)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Looking for Richard (1996)
Albino Alligator (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Outbreak (1995)
Seven (1995)
Iron Will (1994)
The Ref (1994)
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Consenting Adults (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Darrow (1991)
A Show of Force (1990)
Fall from Grace (1990)
When You Remember Me (1990)
Dad (1989)
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
Long Day's Journey into Night (1988)
Rocket Gibraltar (1988)
Working Girl (1988)
The Murder of Mary Phagan (1987)
Heartburn (1986)

Awards:
1991: Tony: Best Featured Actor in a Play, Lost in Yonkers
1991: Drama Desk: Best Featured Actor in a Play, Lost in Yonkers
1995: National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects and Seven
1995: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actor, Seven, The Usual Suspects, Swimming with Sharks and Outbreak
1995: Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects
1995: Society of Texas Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects, Seven and Outbreak
1995: Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects, Seven, Swimming with Sharks and Outbreak
1995: Chicago Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects
1995: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, The Usual Suspects
1996: MTV Movie Award: Best Villain, Seven
1997: Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, L.A. Confidential
1997: Society of Texas Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, L.A. Confidential and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
1998: London Evening Standard Award: Best Actor, The Iceman Cometh
1998: London Critics' Circle: Best Actor, The Iceman Cometh
1999: Olivier Award: Best Actor in a Play, The Iceman Cometh
1999: Outer Critics Circle: Outstanding Actor in a Play, The Iceman Cometh
1999: Toronto Film Critics Association: Best Actor, American Beauty
1999: Online Film Critics Society: Best Actor, American Beauty
1999: Online Film Critics Society: Best Ensemble, American Beauty
1999: Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association: Best Actor, American Beauty
1999: Screen Actors Guild: Male Actor in a Leading Role (Theatrical Motion Picture), American Beauty
1999: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Theatrical Motion Picture), American Beauty; shared with cast mates
1999: Oscar: Best Actor, American Beauty
2000: Sundance Film Festival: Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision

Factoids:
Auditioned for The Gong Show with comedy routine; was rejected (1978)

Education:
The Juilliard School, New York, New York, studied drama, 1979-81

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