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|Also Known As:||Kevin Spacey Fowler||Died:|
|Born:||July 26, 1959||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||South Orange, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||actor, producer, director, apartment superintendent, shoe salesman|
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A chameleonic actor equally at home on stage or in film either as a hero or a villain, Kevin Spacey first gained notice with several strong stage performances both on and off-Broadway. Performing in stage productions of "Ghosts," "Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Hurlyburly" helped pave the way for a feature film career atop the A-list, though his real on-camera start came with his deliciously eccentric performance as a heroin-addicted millionaire on the cult television series, "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990). After making the segue into features, Spacey bounced around in supporting roles until he gained widespread recognition for "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), in which he managed to keep up with heavyweights Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin and his personal idol, Jack Lemmon. But it was his Academy Award-winning performance as the mysterious Verbal Kint in "The Usual Suspects" (1995) that propelled Spacey into the limelight. He made equally impressionable appearances in "L.A. Confidential" (1997) and "Se7en" (1997), cementing his status as a hypnotic performer willing to challenge himself by playing unique characters. Though he slipped a bit with "Pay It Forward" (2000) and "K-PAX" (2001), Spacey remained a...
A chameleonic actor equally at home on stage or in film either as a hero or a villain, Kevin Spacey first gained notice with several strong stage performances both on and off-Broadway. Performing in stage productions of "Ghosts," "Long Day's Journey into Night" and "Hurlyburly" helped pave the way for a feature film career atop the A-list, though his real on-camera start came with his deliciously eccentric performance as a heroin-addicted millionaire on the cult television series, "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1987-1990). After making the segue into features, Spacey bounced around in supporting roles until he gained widespread recognition for "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992), in which he managed to keep up with heavyweights Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin and his personal idol, Jack Lemmon. But it was his Academy Award-winning performance as the mysterious Verbal Kint in "The Usual Suspects" (1995) that propelled Spacey into the limelight. He made equally impressionable appearances in "L.A. Confidential" (1997) and "Se7en" (1997), cementing his status as a hypnotic performer willing to challenge himself by playing unique characters. Though he slipped a bit with "Pay It Forward" (2000) and "K-PAX" (2001), Spacey remained a vital force in films like "Superman Returns" (2006), while also assuming the role of artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London in 2003. With award-worthy performances in the made-for-HBO movie "Recount" (2008) and the feature "Casino Jack" (2010), Spacey only enhanced his stature as one of Hollywood's most diverse and accomplished performers.
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There's an official "Kevin Spacey Fan Site" located at www.spacey.com
In 2000, after seeing an Off-Broadway revival of the play "Cobb", featuring Matthew Mabe, who was Spacey's understudy in "The Iceman Cometh", Kevin Spacey reportedly gave the producers a donation in order to keep the show running for an additional two weeks.
"Success is like death. The more successful you become, the higher the houses in the hills get and the higher the fences get."---Kevin Spacey quoted in People, June 10, 1991.
"I've played supporting roles in films for a while, in the hope that I would learn something. And I certainly have. But it's a frustrating experience, because the relationship that you're searching for with a director doesn't really occur. Directors feel that if they've hired a competent actor in that small role, then they can concentrate on the three or four actors who move the plot along."---Spacey in Premiere, October 1992.
"It's about time I worked with Woody Allen, I'm the only New York actor he has't put in a movie, dammit."---Spacey to New York Post, July 18, 1996.
"How is my life going? On a scale of one to ten, I'd say I'm due to get hit by a bus tomorrow."---Spacey to Jerry Stahl in "Hollywood's King of Cool", Buzz, October 1996.
"... as though the only thing one could possibly sat about Kevin Spacey is what everyone else has already said, which is that he is supposed to be very smart, that he is supposed to be very private, that he is supposed to be extraordinarily committed to the protection and development of his extraordinary gifts as an actor, and that he is supposed to be gay. And that is all he's supposed to be, by advance billing; that is IT. He is one of our culture's usual suspects, and, like the character he played in the movie of that name, he is both narrowed by our suspicions and set free by them, sprung by them, for he is an actor, and when all we know of an actor is that we don't quite trust him, don't quite believe him, then he is free to become whatever he wants to become, which, in the case of Kevin Spacey, is a movie star."---From "'Kevin Spacey?' My Mom Said, 'I Hear He's ..." by Tom Junod in Esquire, October 1997.
"I have always chosen to try to maintain a degree of dignity about that stuff. The people that are important to me, my family, colleagues, friends, they know what the scoop is, and that's all that's really important. Not for a second have I ever gotten an indication from any of the thousands of letters I receive that anybody gives two hoots about WHAT my private life is. Nobody cares. They like the work."---Spacey quoted in W, July 1998.
"... I'll tell you something I think only my friends know about me: I move furniture around. This is how bad it is: My friends'll come around for dinner and then they'll come back again a few weeks later to play with the dogs or bring their kids to hang out, and the furniture will probably have changed four or five times since then. They'll go, 'Hey, Kevin, wasn't the couch over there before?' 'Yeah.' 'So why did you move it?' And I can't tell them why. 'I don't know. I guess I just didn't like it over there anymore.' I can't stop moving furniture, and I do it alone at 3 in the morning. Do you know how I do it? I take a towel, because big, heavy pieces of furniture are hard to move without scratching the floor. I'll put the towel under a corner, tip and then drag the whole thing. I have a whole process."---Spacey on his eccentricity from his nomadic childhood, to the Paper, March 1999.
"Kevin has a sexuality that's subtle, beneath the surface."---"Ordinary Decent Criminal" co-star Linda Fiorentino quoted in Time Out New York, April 8-15, 1999.
"What he's doing is what we all do in our lives. We conduct ourselves on several levels, What Kevin manages to do with his acting is hint at all these other layers, the darker aspects, the secrets, the disappointments, the ironic humor. And that hinting is very, very attractive."---"The Iceman Cometh" director Howard Davies on Spacey, quoted in Time Out New York, April 8-15, 1999.
"I truly sucked. I was miserable, working out of fear. I became a bit of a jerk. It's a period in my life I'm not proud of. It cost me friendships. I wasn't good enough and it was a hard thing to admit. I had all this talent inside, but it was undeveloped and raw, untried and unfocused. I was inexperienced and yet I had this huge ambition."---Spacey about his work in the 1982 Broadway production of "Ghosts", to Michael Fleming of Playboy, October 1999.
"What's special about Kevin is his combination of slyness, mischievousness and superior intelligence. A combination not a lot of actors have. I want to see Kevin reveal those parts of himself, because that's what he is. I don't want to see him dumb down. Not that he couldn't, but why would he want to?"---"L.A. Confidential" director Curtis Hanson quoted in Los Angeles, October 1999.
"I'm not married and I won't talk about my private life, so it must mean I'm gay. ... In fact, I have been quite open about my hope of having a family. I've been open about things that are of interest to me personally. But in some journalistic circles privacy means only what you do in the bedroom. I apparently haven't been forthcoming about that. Excuse me if I don't want to take the entire public on my own personal journey. I choose not to give people a private tour of my experience. But am I hiding anything? No. ... "---Kevin Spacey quoted in Playboy, October 1999.
"It's hard to know why Kevin Spacey is so fascinating. He's hardly Brad Pitt. It's something to do with the space he creates around himself, the strange feminine quality in his acting. You never quite know who he is."---From "The Nice Man Cometh" by Claire Armistead, The Guardian, November 17, 1999.
"Making movies is plodding, mechanical. It's a difficult process. As Sam Mendes put it, it's like hammering a nail into a stick of wood - not at all glamorous. In this film, particularly, we were on a very tight schedule. I would be shooting early Lester in the morning and late Lester in the afternoon; how do you make sure that in each scene you're in the right place emotionally, physically and spiritually? Well, sometimes it's trickery: pasty make-up or a bigger costume, but it's also to do with understanding the arc of a character. That's where a theatre training comes in.
"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 theatre 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."---Spacey to The Guardian, November 18, 1999.
"I was quite moved by his journey because it's such a quiet and internal one. At its heart it's a story about a man who finally learns about not just the connections and the truths of his family but lets go of the past and starts embracing the future as a father and a man. To me, that's incredibly poignant."---Spacey on why he wanted to play the role of Quoyle in "The Shipping News" to the Daily News, December 18, 2001.
Spacey joines Chris Tucker and former President Clinton on a on a five-day tour of Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique and South Africa, to help fight AIDS and to encourage economic development in Africa.
In London April 17, 2004, Kevin Spacey 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
"My primary focus is going to be theatre," he says. "It's the most satisfying place to be as an actor."---Spacey on his current focus to London Theatre Guide, July 2004.
"I think Bobby, without question, faced the same dilemma that a lot of artists face, which is the conflict between professional expectations and personal freedom. He chose personal freedom, sometimes at the expense of his career... But you have to live for yourself. You can't live for your critics."---Spacey on Bobby Darin , who he portrayed in ""Beyond the Sea" to Venice, November 2004.
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