Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, and singer. 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).
Spacey was born in South Orange, New Jersey, to Kathleen Ann (née Knutson; December 5, 1931 – March 19, 2003), a secretary, and Thomas Geoffrey Fowler (June 4, 1924 – December 24, 1992), a technical writer and data consultant. He has two older siblings: a sister, Julie, and a brother, Randy.
His family relocated to Southern California when Spacey was four years old. He attended Northridge Military Academy, Canoga Park High School (in 10th and 11th grades), and then Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, California, where he graduated co-valedictorian (with Mare Winningham) of his class in 1977.
At Chatsworth, Spacey starred in the school's senior production of The Sound of Music, playing the part of Captain Georg von Trapp with Mare Winningham as Maria von Trapp. He took "Spacey" (his middle name and his paternal grandmother's maiden name) as his stage name. Several reports have incorrectly suggested that he took his name in tribute to actor Spencer Tracy, combining Tracy's first and last names. He had tried to succeed as a comedian for several years, before attending the Juilliard School in New York City, a member of Group 12, where he studied drama, between 1979 and 1981. During this time period, Spacey performed stand-up comedy in bowling alley talent contests.
He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting roles in film and television.Spacey's first professional stage appearance was as a spear carrier in a New York Shakespeare Festival performance of Henry VI, part 1 in 1981. The following year, he made his first Broadway appearance, as Oswald in a production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Liv Ullmann. Then he portrayed Philinte in Molière's The Misanthrope. In 1984, he appeared in a production of David Rabe's Hurlyburly, in which he rotated through each of the male parts (he would later play Mickey in the film version). Next came Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. In 1986, he appeared in a production of Sleuth in a New Jersey dinner theatre.
His prominence as a stage actor began in 1986, when he was cast opposite Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher and Bethel Leslie as Jamie, the eldest Tyrone son in Jonathan Miller's lauded production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Lemmon in particular would become a mentor to Spacey. He made his first major television appearance in the second season premiere of Crime Story, playing a Kennedy-esque American senator. Although his interest soon turned to film, Spacey remained actively involved in the live theater community. In 1991, he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of "Uncle Louie" in Neil Simon's Broadway hit Lost in Yonkers. Spacey's father was unconvinced that Spacey could make a career for himself as an actor, and did not change his mind until Spacey became well-known.
Spacey hosted Saturday Night Live twice: first in 1997 with musical guest Beck and special guests Michael Palin and John Cleese from Monty Python's Flying Circus; and again in May 2006 with musical guest Nelly Furtado.
n February 2003, Spacey announced that he was returning to London to become the artistic director of the Old Vic, one of the city's oldest theatres.In the 2005 season, Spacey made his UK Shakespearean debut, to good notices, in the title role of Richard II directed by Trevor Nunn.
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I don't see myself as a movie star, but a character actor, and that's what I've always been. No matter what happens outside of this odd cottage industry that I have nothing to do with, I will always be that, and as long as I focus on that, I'll let others say what they need to say.
I feel it's a responsibility for anyone who breaks through a certain ceiling... to send the elevator back down and give others a helpful lift.
I find it sad that by not talking about who I sleep with, that makes me mysterious. There was a time when I would have been called a gentleman.
I liked it because it was such a dangerous script and showed just what human beings are capable of. Here was a movie in which Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, who always win in every movie they ever do, simply don't win. I felt that was outrageous for a commercial movie.
I mean we all played as kids. You play games, you take on different characters, you imitate; the fun and the love of play has never left me.
I open myself up every time I walk on screen and give you everything that I am. There are parts of me that are in every movie that I've done. That to me is what my job is.
Kevin Spacey has frequent emotional outbursts due to his fiery temper and emotional impulsiveness. Spacey expresses himself very directly and honestly and no one has to guess what his true feelings are. However, Kevin Spacey dislikes showing any personal weakness or his need for support, comfort and nurturing. He is often impatient with himself and others. Kevin abhors emotional dependency and dislikes "complainers".
“,Ingeborga Dapkunaite-He has a talent not only the actor, but also the head. It nearly the only director whom, discussing a scene, I asked: "Show!" And when it showed, I thought: "Well of course, same Kevin Spacey! How I will repeat it?"
UmaTurman-I adore Kevin Spacey. We got acquainted to "Genri and June". In New York when I was 16 years old, and I always considered that it is the remarkable actor. He achieved enormous success on both sides of the camera, and this project for it — opportunity to share this success. He devotes a lot of time to create opportunities for people.
Keit Mara-I adore Kevin! All know as far as he is talented, but many can think that it is always serious and intense, as well as his heroes. Yes, it can be serious, but thus he very amusing also likes to entertain himself and people around. During all important scenes which we shot together, I was never nervous. With Kevin always quietly. Working with it, you become a little spoiled as he is very talented and always hits the nail. I can't remember that he at least once forgot the remark. And it can't simply be separated from a role that very impresses.
Annet Bening-He is very fascinating person, from it always the mass of impressions. We with it constantly laughed loudly – it amused me the stories. Besides Kevin — the expert on a set; always it is ready at the right time and "I" am not looped on own. It simply works. Professional!”