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Also Known As: Died: January 10, 2004
Born: June 5, 1941 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: Barrington, Rhode Island, USA Profession: actor, playwright, performance artist, author

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Anxiety-ridden New Englander known for his autobiographical monologues and his association with the NYC experimental theater company, The Wooster Group, which he co-founded in 1977. His experience as a bit player in "The Killing Fields" (1984) was translated into an OBIE-award winning one-person show and then into the film "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), directed by Jonathan Demme.

Anxiety-ridden New Englander known for his autobiographical monologues and his association with the NYC experimental theater company, The Wooster Group, which he co-founded in 1977. His experience as a bit player in "The Killing Fields" (1984) was translated into an OBIE-award winning one-person show and then into the film "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), directed by Jonathan Demme.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Revolution #9 (2001) Scooter Mccrae
2.
 Kate & Leopold (2001) Doctor Geisler
3.
 How High (2001) Professor Jackson
4.
 Coming Soon (1999) Mr Jennings
5.
 Bliss (1997) Alfred
6.
 Gray's Anatomy (1996) Performer
7.
 Diabolique (1996) Simon Veatch
8.
 Drunks (1996) Louis
9.
 Bad Company (1995) Walter Curl
10.
 Glory Daze (1995) Jack'S Dad
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Born and raised in Rhode Island
1965:
Began career as actor at Alley Theater, Houston
:
Off-Broadway debut in "Tom Paine" at LaMama Company in the late 1960s
1969:
Joined Richard Schechner's Performance Group, New York
1977:
Appeared in the adult films, "The Farmer's Daughter" and "Candy Lips"
1977:
Co-founded Wooster Group (with Elizabeth LeCompte)
1977:
Performed first autobiographical "direct address" monologue, "Three Places in Rhode Island"
1983:
Film debut (voice only), "Variety"
1984:
Feature acting debut, "The Killing Fields"
1986:
Artist-in-residence, Mark Taper Forum
1986:
TV debut in "The American Dream", a documentary interview and panel discussion show
:
TV acting debut in a episode of "Bedtime Stories"
1992:
Published first novel, "Impossible Vacation"
1998:
Performed solo show "Morning, Noon and Night" in San Francisco
1999:
Cast in the indy feature "Coming Soon"
2001:
Portrayed Prof Jackson in the comedy feature "How High"
2001:
Cast in the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold"
2002:
Co-starred as Scooter McCrae in the thriller feature "Revolution #9"
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Education

Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

In June 2001, Gray suffered a broken hip and fractured skull in an automobile accident in County West Meath, Ireland.

"On some level art and therapy are the same. Both are about ordering raw material to make it conscious." --Spalding Gray in TheaterWeek (December 3, 1990).

"My life is much more balanced now with the family, and I hadn't expected that. The character of Spalding Gray is more grounded than he's ever been." --to Meg Donivan in an online interview at www.theatermania.com, June 12, 2000.

Gray has taught at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing for six years; he has also taught storytelling at Columbia University and has given workshops in autobiographical theater techniques.

Gray has received playwriting fellowships from the National Endowment For the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Gray checked into a Manhattan hospital on October 2, 2002 for depression. His representative added that Gray has been depressed since suffering a severe head trauma in a car accident last year in Ireland.

January 10, 2004, walked out of his Manhattan apartment and disappeared; March 8, 2004, Grey's body was pulled from the East River

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companion:
Elizabeth LeCompte. Founded the Wooster Group together in 1977; later became involved with Willem Dafoe.
wife:
Renee Shafransky. Film production/location manager, stage director. Directed Gray's performance piece, "Monster in a Box" at Lincoln Center (1990); together from c. 1979; married c. 1991; divorced.
wife:
Kathie Russo. Has an daughter from a previous relationship.

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father:
Rockwell Gray.
brother:
Rockwell Gray Jr. Professor. Teacher of comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis.
brother:
Channing Gray. Critic. Music critic for the <i>Providence Journal</i>.
step-daughter:
Marissa Russo. Born c. 1986.
son:
Forrest Gray. Born c. 1992; mother, Kathie Russo.
son:
Theo Gray. Born in January 1997; mother, Kathie Russo.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"It's a Slippery Slope" Noonday
"Impossible Vacation"

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