Kevin Kline

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Kevin Kline

Born

10/24/1947, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Birth Name

Kevin Delaney Kline

Gender

Male
9.1
out of 10
User Rating
17 votes

Biography

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Kevin Kline was born on October 24 1947, in St Louis, Missouri. He first acted at college, joining an on-campus theater group, then changing his major from music to theater. He then went on to the Juilliard School, where he formed the City Center Acting Company in 1972,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Kevin has been nominated for five Golden Globes. In 1983, he was nominated for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male for Sophie's Choice. In 1992, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Soapdish. In 1994, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Dave. In 1998, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for In & Out. In 2005, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for De-Lovely.

    • On January 27, 2008, Kevin Kline won the Screen Actors Guild award in the "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" category for his performance in As You Like It. In 2002, Kevin was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Life As a House.

    • Kevin has two younger brothers, Alex and Christopher, and an older sister, Kate.

    • Kevin attended Indiana University as an aspiring classical pianist, but after joining the theater group Vest Pocket Players he fell in love with acting.

    • Kevin graduated from Indiana University in 1970 with a BA in Speech & Theatre.

    • Kevin studied acting at the Julliard School.

    • Kevin joined the Acting Company in 1972.

    • Kevin met with director Steven Spielberg about playing Matt Hooper in Jaws.

    • Kevin made his feature film debut in Sophie's Choice.

    • Kevin married actress Phoebe Cates on March 5, 1989. The two met when Cates auditioned for The Big Chill.

    • Kevin was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame on May 17, 1998.

    • Kevin was awarded with Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year Award in 1998.

    • Kevin appeared with his wife Phoebe Cates and their two children, Owen Kline and Greta Kline, in The Anniversary Party.

    • In 2006 the Professional Theatre Awards Council named their local St. Louis awards "The Kevin Kline Awards."

    • Kevin is an active member with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since his son's diagnosis with juvenile diabetes.

    • The St. Louis Priory School named their theater after Kevin. He graduated from St. Louis Priory School in 1965.

    • Kevin has appeared in the following plays:
      -The Pirates of Penzance
      -On the Twentieth Century
      -Hamlet
      -Henry IV
      -Much Ado About Nothing
      -Mother Courage
      -Richard III
      -The Play What I Wrote
      -The Seagull

    • Kevin Kline has performed in over a dozen stage productions for The Public Theatre in New York, including title roles in Richard II, Henry V, Hamlet (twice, the latter of which he also directed), and King Lear.

    • Kevin is a Roman Catholic.

    • In 1989, Kevin won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Otto on A Fish Called Wanda.

    • Kevin is 6' 2".

    • Kevin turned down the role of Batman.

    • Kevin has two children named Owen and Greta.

    • Kevin Kline has won two Tony awards.

  • Quotes

    • [On Meryl Streep]
      Kevin Kline: Since Sophie's Choice to A Prairie Home Companion, 25 years maybe had passed and I found her unchanged in terms of this fierce, boundless talent but stunned me during Sophie's Choice during the end of the day. She would have a million ideas and not one of them bad. It's that kind of focus and drive and self-confidence and self-possession is still there. It hasn't become jaded or tired.

    • [On if he ever thought about quitting acting]
      Kevin Kline: Oh yeah. Sometimes I think maybe I've seen enough of me, and I'm afraid everyone else has. I hate repeating myself. It's inevitable if you're an actor to repeat certain aspects of yourself. But sometimes I get bored with my acting, and I think that I don't have enough in my brain to be interesting every time out.

    • Kevin Kline: I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, or a soap opera, both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.

    • Kevin: I love the sound of a woman in the throes of rapture - but not screamers.

    • Kevin: I think it's part of that heritage or that tradition of the creative artist trying to reconcile the insanity and ruthlessness of the artistic process with living a sane and socially acceptable existence.

    • Kevin: I've never felt completely satisfied with what I've done. I tend to see things too critically. I'm trying to get over that. I've got the Jewish guilt and the Irish shame and it's a hell of a job distinguishing which is which.

    • Kevin: I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, or a soap opera - both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A great actor of all actors.

    10
    I have always enjoyed watching Kevin Kline movies. Some people might find that strange. But I absolutely love his humor in his acting. He really is a fabulous actor. He can do just about anything and everything. Mr.Kline is a type of person that never thinks that he is good enough. That he could have done better. It is because he puts so much strategy into his acting ability. He can do anything and become anybody. That is talent. What's more he can even do romance. On "French Kiss" that was such a great romantic comedy. Mr. Kline made it to be great. He can be serious as well. I believe people should be acknowledged by their acting ability, not just looks. And he is a wonderful actor who I believe could do any role put before him. By the way he is also handsome.moreless
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