"Fired" from job at NYSF by Papp in effort to encourage him to pursue an acting career
Auditioned for the national tour of "The Real Thing"; director Mike Nichols instead suggested auditioning for "Hurlyburly"
Co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy about Santa's disgruntled older brother "Fred Claus"
Had lead in film version of the award-winning novel "The Shipping News"
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 5)
TV acting debut in a guest role on the CBS series "The Equalizer"
Voiced a robot named Gerty in the sci-fi thriller "Moon"
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
Agreed to serve as a consultant to London's Old Vic Productions
Appeared with numerous regional and repertory companies (i.e., Kennedy Center, American National Theatre, Seattle Rep)
Broadway debut in a production of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" opposite Liv Ullmann
Co-starred with Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward"
Directorial debut, "Albino Alligator"
Film debut in the Nichols directed "Heartburn," playing a subway thief who mugs Meryl Streep's character
First collaborations with Jack Lemmon and Peter Gallagher, the stage revival of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
Formed Trigger Street Productions
Had featured role in the NBC miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan," starring Gallagher and Lemmon
Joined Jeff Goldblum in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" at London's Old Vic theater
Launched the website Triggerstreet.com, an online community where aspiring filmamkers could get their ideas to Hollywood power brokers
Moved to Southern California with family
Named artistic director of London's historic Old Vic Theater
Produced (also co-starred) "The Big Kahuna"; released theatrically in 2000
Recreated stage role for the Showtime adaptation of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
Starred as a mental patient convinced he's from another planet in "K-Pax"
Cameoed as himself playing a Hollywood version of Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers: Goldmember"
Cast as an MIT lecturer in the film "21" along with Kate Bosworth and Laurence Fishburne
Co-starred with George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"
Garnered accolades for his supporting role as a gangster wannabe in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"
Headlined a London stage production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh"; reprised role on Broadway in 1999
Worked for Joseph Papp in the Xerox room of the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF)
Appeared on the London stage in the title role of Shakespeare's "Richard II" directed by Trevor Nunn
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
Performed one-man comedy show wherein he displayed a gift for impressions
Played accused murderer Jim Williams in the film version of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
Played Lemmon's son-in-law in the feature "Dad"
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
Portrayed televangelist Jim Bakker to Bernadette Peters' Tammy Faye in the NBC biopic "Fall From Grace"
Produced (also had supporting role) the independent film "United States of Leland"
Starred as Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack"
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy ("Casino Jack")
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Played Jason Bateman's boss in the comedy "Horrible Bosses"
Joined the ensemble cast of the financial drama thriller "Margin Call"
Reprised his role as Dave Harken in "Horrible Bosses 2"
Was the narrator and executive producer on the CNN documentary series "Race for the White House"
Played Richard Nixon in the historical comedy "Elvis & Nixon"
Breakthrough screen role in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"
Garnered critical acclaim and his second Oscar as married man undergoing a mid-life crisis in "American Beauty"
Landed strong featured role as a cop in "L.A. Confidential"
Cast as the villainous Lex Luthor in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"
New York stage debut as a soldier in New York Shakespeare Festival's "Henry VI, Part I"
Played an anti-capital punishment advocate accused of murder in "The Life of David Gale"
Producing debut, "Swimming With Sharks"; also co-starred as a ruthless Hollywood executive
Appeared in the comedy "Horrible Bosses"
Began starring on the acclaimed Netflix series "House of Cards"