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Born: October 11, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor

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Stephen Spinella vaulted from obscurity with his frighteningly realistic portrayal of AIDS-ravaged Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's two-part epic "Angels in America". Born in Naples, Italy, the lanky, light-haired, openly gay actor grew up in Glendale, Arizona, attended the University of Arizona and, later, New York University, where he met the budding playwright Kushner. After seeing him in a university production, Kushner invited Spinella to be in his play, "The Age of Assassins" and began writing parts specifically for the actor.

Stephen Spinella vaulted from obscurity with his frighteningly realistic portrayal of AIDS-ravaged Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's two-part epic "Angels in America". Born in Naples, Italy, the lanky, light-haired, openly gay actor grew up in Glendale, Arizona, attended the University of Arizona and, later, New York University, where he met the budding playwright Kushner. After seeing him in a university production, Kushner invited Spinella to be in his play, "The Age of Assassins" and began writing parts specifically for the actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Lincoln (2012)
4.
 House of Dust (2012)
5.
 Milk (2008)
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 Connie and Carla (2004) Robert/Peaches
8.
 House of D (2004) Cast
9.
 Bubble Boy (2001) Chicken Man
10.
 Ravenous (1999) Major Knox
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1978:
Moved from Arizona to New York to attend NYU, where he met "Angels of America" playwright Tony Kushner
1989:
Originated role of Prior Walter in 1989 readings of "Angels in America" at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre
1990:
Appeared as Prior in first workshop production of "Angels" at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum
1992:
Played Prior in seven-hour marathon of "Angels" at Taper
1993:
Broadway debut as Prior in "Angels in America: Millenium Approaches"
1993:
Reprised role of Prior in "Angels in America: Perestroika", the second part of Kushner's epic
1993:
Portrayed Brandy Alexander in the HBO TV-movie "And the Band Played On"
1995:
Screen debut as the villainous Lindenmayer in Brett Leonard's sci-fi movie "Virtuosity"
1995:
Had a small role as Frank, a gay real estate agent, in "Tarantella" with Mira Sorvino
1995:
Played Perry Sellars in Off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally's "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
1997:
Recreated role of Perry for film version of "Love! Valour! Compassion!
1997:
Played Thomas in David Rabe's "A Question of Mercy" at the New York Theatre Workshop
1997:
Had a small role in "The Jackal", starring Bruce Willis
1997:
Appeared in the revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" when it played at the Roundabout Theatre
1998:
Had supporting role in the feature "The Unknown Cyclist"
1998:
Supported Claire Bloom and Zoe Wanamaker in "Electra" (performed at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey and later on Broadway)
1999:
Portrayed a medic with a drinking problem in "Ravenous"
1999:
NYC musical theater debut in a supporting role in "James Joyce's The Dead"
1999:
Appeared in Tim Robbins' period drama "Cradle Will Rock"
2001:
Acted in the New York Shakespeare Festival Central Park production of "The Seagull", directed by Mike Nichols
2004:
Cast as Peaches in the comedy written by Nia Vardalos "Connie and Carla"
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Education

Glendale High School: Glendale , Arizona -
Phoenix College: Phoenix , Arizona -
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University: New York , New York -
University of Arizona: Tucson , Arizona - 1978

Notes

Spinella holds the distinction of being the only actor to win two Tony Awards for playing the same character in two different plays.

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