Kevin Spacey

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Kevin Spacey

Born

7/26/1959, South Orange, New Jersey

Birth Name

Kevin Spacey Fowler

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Kevin Spacey Fowler
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Biography

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Kevin Spacey Fowler was born 1959 in South Orange, New Jersey. He was the youngest of three children born to Thomas and Kathleen Fowler. He has a sister, Julie Ann, and a brother Randy B. Fowler (a Rod Stewart impersonator!). His mother was a personal secretary and his…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Kevin voiced a statue in the theatrical art piece by sculpters Elmgreen & Dragset in 2008. It is called Drama Queens and was staged at the Old Vic.

    • Theatre Awards

      Drama Desk Awards
      Outstanding Featured Actor for Lost in Yonkers (1991) (Winner)
      Outstanding Actor in a Play for A Moon for the Misbegotten (2007) (Nomination)

      London Critics' Circle
      Best Actor for The Iceman Cometh (1998) (Won).

      London Evening Standard Award
      Best Actor for The Iceman Cometh (1999) (Won)

      Olivier Award
      Best Actor in a Play for The Iceman Cometh (1999) (Won)

      Outer Critics Circle
      Outstanding Actor in a Play for The Iceman Cometh (1999) (Won)

      Tony Awards
      Best Featured Actor in a Play for Lost in Yonkers (1991) (Winner)
      Best Actor in a Play for The Iceman Cometh (1999) (Nomination)

    • Kevin has appeared on Broadway in the following productions:

      Ghosts, as Oswald Alving in 1982.
      Hurlyburly as Artie, in 1984/1985.
      Long Day's Journey into Night, as James Tyrone, Jr, in 1986.
      Lost in Yonkers, as Louise, 1991-1993.
      The Iceman Cometh, as Theodore Hickman, in 1999.
      A Moon for the Misbegotten, as James Tyrone, Jr, in 2007.

    • In 2008, Kevin judged the Birmingham entries in the Virgin Media Shorts competition.

    • In June 2008, Kevin was named Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine's College, Oxford.

    • Film and TV Awards

      Academy Awards
      Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Usual Suspects (1996) (Won)
      Best Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty (2000) (Won). He dedicated the award to Jack Lemmon.

      Screen Actor's Guild Awards
      Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for The Usual Suspects (1996) (Nominated)
      Outstanding Performance by a Cast for L.A. Confidential (1998) (Nominated)
      Outstanding Performance by a Cast and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty (2000) (Won).

    • Kevin loves to cycle, and on warmer days in London, he often goes to work on his bicycle or motor driven kick scooter. He also owns a Mini Cooper.

    • Kevin has owned a black Jack Russell Terrier named Mini and a Labrador named Legacy.

    • Kevin Spacey gets mentioned in Robbie Williams' "I Will Talk, Hollywood Will Listen" singing 'Kevin Spacey would call on the phone, but I'd be too busy'.

      When Kevin really did give him a call, Robbie laughed and told his agent, who took the call, to tell him that he was 'too busy'.

    • Kevin Spacey has been great friends with (ex-president) Bill Clinton for years. Whenever Clinton is in London, he gives Spacey a ring to meet up with him. Spacey also makes an appearance in Clinton's short film, the comedy bit: "Clinton's last days in the White House".

    • He does impressions of stars like Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Bill Clinton, Judi Dench, James Stewart, Peter O'Toole, Peter Falk (as Columbo), and many others.

    • As a kid, Kevin would often perform for his family, singing songs from his idol Bobby Darin. He would use a comb as his microphone and put up whole shows, including impressions. In 2004 he finally got to bring out his movie about Bobby Darin, in which he himself plays Darin. He also wrote, produced and directed the film. The songs in this film are all performed by Kevin Spacey, and in the same year, he came out with the Soundtrack CD, featuring 18 of his favorite Bobby Darin songs.

    • On June 22 2006, Kevin Spacey and Taylor Hicks were the guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. At the end of the show, Taylor Hicks got to the stage to perform, but the camera zooms back to Kevin Spacey who was drawing Hicks' a funny face on his CD cover.

    • Kevin did the narration of "Look,Up in the Sky, it's Superman", promoting the movie Superman Returns.

    • On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Kevin said that he teased actor Brandon Routh (Clark Kent in the new Superman film) by riding around in a golfcart with Kryptonite, a Superman doll being dragged by a rope, and the words "Kill Superman" on the side.

    • His salary for the movie The Negotiator (1998) was $4,500,000.

    • He attended high school with voice actress April Winchell, and also dated her for a brief time.

    • He formed Trigger Street Productions.

    • In 2005, he appeared in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Trevor Nunn in London.

    • On the 17th of April 2004, London - suffered a head injury after tripping over his dog while pursuing a young man who stole his cell phone. Initially, he reported that the injury was the result of a mugging, but later admitted the truth and stated that he was embarrassed by the situation.

    • Polls and Other Listings

      Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects is ranked #100 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
      AFI's 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains of All Time list: #48 on Villains list, Verbal Kint from The Usual Suspects.
      Greatest actor of the decade by Empire Magazine, (May 1995).
      #56 in Empire (UK) magazine's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list, (October 1997).
      One of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors, (1998).
      People's (USA) Best-Dressed list, (September 2000).

    • He went to Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles with Mare Winningham. During their senior year, Kevin played von Trapp and Mare played Maria in a school production of The Sound of Music. Upon hearing of his Oscar nominations in 1996, Winningham sent a telegram to Spacey saying: Captain von Trapp - congratulations on your nomination - Maria.

    • He was paid 225 pounds per week for appearing in the play The Iceman Cometh at the Almeida Theatre in London (1998).

    • He had auditioned for The Gong Show in 1978 and was rejected.

    • He is 5'11.

  • Quotes

    • (revealing he prefers to learn his lines in public rather than home)
      Kevin: I go to very noisy restaurants when learning lines. I also go to very noisy train stations, where plates are dropping, babies are crying, phones are ringing - because somehow it forces your brain to actually focus.

    • Kevin: I'm as much myself on any given day, as I could possibly be.

    • Kevin: I try to keep all the trappings of fame at bay. That's a little 'out there' for me. I'm from New Jersey, I live in New York and I don't represent Hollywood. I represent myself... barely.

    • (About Bobby Darin and the film "Beyond The Sea")
      Kevin: Here's a guy who sang his guts out, wrote his own music, did impressions, danced, acted, played the drums, the harmonica, the piano, the vibes, the guitar... how the hell do you show all that and not end up with a two hour concert film? So I thought, musicals!

    • Kevin: It's interesting when you come under criticism for trying new things. There's a sense of 'How dare you try that. Who do you think you are?' I think 'Well, isn't that what actors are supposed to do? Aren't we supposed to not play the same part over and over? Isn't that the job?'

    • Kevin: When I'm sick of me, I can only imagine how other people feel.

    • Kevin (About working at the Old Vic theatre): For me, coming to work every day has turned out to be exactly what I hoped it would be.

    • Kevin: I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works.

    • Kevin (on why he keeps his personal life as personal as possible): 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.

    • Kevin: (on preparing to play Darin in "Beyond The Sea" 2004) I was struck by how similar our introductions to music were. The young Walden Robert Cassotto (Darin's born name) was known to perform for his family while singing into a hairbrush along to Frank Sinatra records. This scene was something I also did for my parents - only while the young Bobby sang along to Sinatra, I sang along with Bobby Darin.

    • Kevin: One day I'll fall over on the stage. That's how I'll go.

    • Kevin: Can't you find it in your heart to be kind to another person or maybe a poor little actor?

    • Kevin: (on being bald for is role as Lex Luthor in Superman Returns) People, definitely, can't stop touching your head. They just rub your head, all the time. Sometimes it's nice and sometimes you're like: "please waiter, stop that would you?" (chuckles)

    • Kevin: I certainly see a lot of disgusting things on the road, but i think that the... bungee jumping baby Jesus... on top of the... barfing Kermit the frog, it has to be, really, the most disgusting thing I've seen... since Nick Nolte's mug shot.

    • Kevin: I find it strange that, by not talking about my sex life, it makes me mysterious, there was a time where i'd be considered a gentleman.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the few I would like to have breakfast with!

    9.5
    If only to talk with him...I think he is a very talented man, as an actor and as a singer. His movies make me laugh at certain moments, which is an aspect in a film, however serious the plot, is essential for me liking it. Whatever his personal preferences (sometimes the possibilities of the internet can be way too much) I really appreciate the man for his performances and I thank him for giving me a good time every movie of him that I watch! And since I just "learned" about the man I have still some movies left to catch up with. Lucky me!moreless
  • More faces than a masquerade. Genius!

    10
    Who is Kaiser Sose? Who is the serial killer describing the seven deadly sins in blood? Who's the middle aged husband doing pot and perving over his daughter's friend? Who's Lex Luthor? Who's the sweetheart teacher telling kids to Pay it Forward? They're all the same guy. He is a serious, serious genius, an actor on another level altogether. There are some actors that you just take seriously, and he's one of them. He hasn't hit the tripple digets for movies yet, but he's still a real pro. I won't be surprised to see him acting 20 years from now, just as strong as he is today. He does a wonderful creepy guy, and another wonderful sweet guy, and then the mix of the two that just gives you the giggling chills...moreless
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