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Born: July 26, 1959 Cause of Death:
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1963:
Moved to Southern California with family
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Began performing stand-up comedy while still in high school
1978:
Performed one-man comedy show wherein he displayed a gift for impressions
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Auditioned for "The Gong Show" with a comedy routine; was rejected
1981:
Worked for Joseph Papp in the Xerox room of the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF)
1981:
New York stage debut as a soldier in New York Shakespeare Festival's "Henry VI, Part I"
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"Fired" from job at NYSF by Papp in effort to encourage him to pursue an acting career
1982:
Broadway debut in a production of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" opposite Liv Ullmann
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Appeared with numerous regional and repertory companies (i.e., Kennedy Center, American National Theatre, Seattle Rep)
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Auditioned for the national tour of "The Real Thing"; director Mike Nichols instead suggested auditioning for "Hurlyburly"
1984:
Acted in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly"; originally hired as understudy for role of Phil, played by Harvey Keitel; later understudied roles of Mickey and Eddie
1986:
Film debut in the Nichols directed "Heartburn," playing a subway thief who mugs Meryl Streep's character
1986:
First collaborations with Jack Lemmon and Peter Gallagher, the stage revival of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
1987:
TV acting debut in a guest role on the CBS series "The Equalizer"
1987:
Recreated stage role for the Showtime adaptation of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
1988:
Had featured role in the NBC miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan," starring Gallagher and Lemmon
1989:
Played Lemmon's son-in-law in the feature "Dad"
1990:
Portrayed televangelist Jim Bakker to Bernadette Peters' Tammy Faye in the NBC biopic "Fall From Grace"
1991:
Garnered accolades for his supporting role as a gangster wannabe in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"
1994:
Producing debut, "Swimming With Sharks"; also co-starred as a ruthless Hollywood executive
1995:
Breakthrough screen role in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"
1996:
Directorial debut, "Albino Alligator"
1997:
Landed strong featured role as a cop in "L.A. Confidential"
1997:
Played accused murderer Jim Williams in the film version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
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Formed Trigger Street Productions
1998:
Headlined a London stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"; reprised role on Broadway in 1999
1999:
Garnered critical acclaim and his second Oscar as married man undergoing a mid-life crisis in "American Beauty"
1999:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 5)
1999:
Produced (also co-starred) "The Big Kahuna"; released theatrically in 2000
2000:
Agreed to serve as a consultant to London's Old Vic Productions
2000:
Co-starred with Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward"
2001:
Starred as a mental patient convinced he's from another planet in "K-Pax"
2001:
Had lead in film version of the award-winning novel "The Shipping News"
2002:
Cameoed as himself playing a Hollywood version of Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers: Goldmember"
2002:
Launched the website Triggerstreet.com, an online community where aspiring filmamkers could get their ideas to Hollywood power brokers
2003:
Played an anti-capital punishment advocate accused of murder in "The Life of David Gale"
2003:
Produced (also had supporting role) the independent film "United States of Leland"
2003:
Named artistic director of London's historic Old Vic Theater
2004:
Helmed "Beyond the Sea," a biopic of singer Bobby Darren, which took Spacey five years to bring to the big screen; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor and a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack
2005:
Appeared on the London stage in the title role of Shakespeare's "Richard II" directed by Trevor Nunn
2006:
Cast as the villainous Lex Luthor in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"
2007:
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother "Fred Claus"
2008:
Cast as an MIT lecturer in the film "21" along with Kate Bosworth and Laurence Fishburne
2008:
Joined Jeff Goldblum in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" at London's Old Vic theater
2008:
Portrayed Ron Klain, the General Counsel to Al Gore's recount committee in the HBO film "Recount"; also produced; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a TV-Movie
2009:
Voiced a robot named Gerty in the sci-fi thriller "Moon"
2009:
Co-starred with George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"
2010:
Starred as Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("Casino Jack")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy
2011:
Played Jason Bateman's boss in the comedy "Horrible Bosses"
2011:
Joined the ensemble cast of the financial drama thriller "Margin Call"

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