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Kevin Spacey is an Academy Award winning actor best known for his role in ‘American Beauty’

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 26, 1959
NationalityAmerican
FamousJuilliard School, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, ESTP
SiblingsJulie Ann Fowler, Randall Fowler
Known asKevin Spacey Fowler, Kevin Spacey, CBE
Universities
  • Juilliard School
  • Juilliard School
  • Chatsworth High School
  • Canoga Park High School
  • Los Angeles Valley College
Notable Alumnis
  • Juilliard School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Trigger Street Productions
Birth PlaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherThomas Fowler
MotherKathleen Fowler
Net Worth$100 million
Sun SignLeo
Born inSouth Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Famous asActor

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Who is Kevin Spacey?

Kevin Spacey is an Academy Award winning actor best known for his role in ‘American Beauty’, in which he plays a typical middle-class family man in the throes of a midlife crisis. Acknowledged for his poignant performances onscreen, he is an actor who has effortlessly portrayed different types of characters across various genres of films. Even as a youngster he possessed a high level of energy and had the tendency to get dramatic at times. He was a rebellious teen and turned out to be a troublemaker which led to his expulsion from several schools. He finally found his calling when some of his school teachers recognized his potential and advised him to focus on acting and theatre. He became active in school productions and soon realized that acting was his true passion. He began his career as a stage actor and found considerable success which motivated him to try his luck in films and television. He made his film debut in the mid-1980s in a small role and found critical acclaim when he played the role of Roger "Verbal" Kint in the crime thriller, ‘The Usual Suspects’ which earned him his first Academy Award. Over the next few years he established himself as an actor of great caliber and also ventured into film direction and production

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born as Kevin Spacey Fowler on July 26, 1959, in South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. His father Thomas Geoffrey Fowler was a technical writer and data consultant while his mother Kathleen Ann was a secretary. He has one brother and one sister.

He was a troublemaker as a young boy and was often expelled from his school. He first went to the Northridge Military Academy, then to the Canoga Park High School, and finally to Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California from where he graduated valedictorian of his class, in 1977.

He became interested in acting while studying at the Chatsworth High School and starred in many of the school’s stage productions.

After high school he stared working as a comedian on the amateur comedy club circuit. He developed his celebrity mimicry skills and impersonated the likes of Johnny Carson, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken.

He then enrolled in the drama program at Julliard in New York City in 1979 at the advice of a former classmate and studied there till 1981.

Career

Kevin Spacey began his career as a stage actor and his first professional stage appearance was as a spear carrier in a New York Shakespeare Festival performance of ‘Henry VI, part 1’ in 1981.

Over the next few years he grew in prominence as a stage actor and was much appreciated for his acting skills and dialogue delivery. Following his success as a stage actor, he decided to venture into television and films.

He appeared in minor roles in several films during the late 1980s and was finally noticed for his acting talents when he played the role of Eddy Otis in the 1992 movie ‘Consenting Adults’. Around the same time, he also played small roles in television series such as ‘Wiseguy’ (1988) and ‘L.A. Law’ (1992).

He received a big breakthrough when he was offered the role of Roger "Verbal" Kint in the 1995 crime thriller, ‘The Usual Suspects’. He played the role of a con man who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles.

Sam Mendes, the director of the film ‘American Beauty’ (1999) asked Kevin Spacey to play the role of the middle-age office worker Lester Burnham in the movie. Spacey accepted the role and his portrayal of the character garnered him much critical appraise and made him a superstar.

His success continued in the new millennium and he starred in several movies such as ‘The Shipping News’ (2001), ‘The United States of Leland’ (2004), ‘Recount’ (2008), and ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ (2009).

In 2011, he played the role of Chuck in ‘Inseparable’, a genre-bending Chinese film which also stars Gong Beibi and Daniel Wu. His involvement in the film made him the first Hollywood actor to star in a 100% Chinese-funded film. In the same year, he co-starred in the movie 'Horrible Bosses', which was a huge hit.

In 2013, he played the lead role of Francis J. "Frank" Underwood in the political drama television series ‘House of Cards’, which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.

In 2014, he played one of the lead role in the first-person shooter video game ' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'.

In 2016, Kevin Spacey starred in two movies: 'Elvis & Nixon' and 'Nine Lives'. In 'Elvis & Nixon' he portrayed the character of President Richard Nixon.

In 2017, he started shooting for the movie 'All the Money in the World', in which he was supposed to play the character of American industrialist J. Paul Getty. However, after the allegations of sexual assault surfaced against him, it was announced that he will be replaced by Christopher Plummer.

Major Work

His portrayal of Lester Burnham, an advertising executive and magazine journalist going through a mid-life crisis, in the movie ‘American Beauty’ is undoubtedly one of his finest performances. The movie catapulted him to superstardom and earned him several prestigious awards.

Awards & Achievements

In 1996, Kevin Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995). He also won several other awards for this role including Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2000, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role of Lester Burnham in the drama film, ‘American Beauty’. This role also won him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor.

Allegations of Sexual Assault

In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him, in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Thereafter several other people made similar allegations of sexual abuse against Spacey. These include journalist Heather Unruh, filmmaker Tony Montana, and actor Roberto Cavazos.

As a result of sexual assault allegations, Netfilx severed its ties with Kevin Spacey and announced that Spacey will no longer be part of 'House of Cards' series.

On November 14, 2017, Kevin Spacey checked into a specialist treatment to seek evaluation and treatment for his behaviour.

Personal Life & Legacy

Kevin Spacey is someone who prefers to keep his personal life out of the limelight. The media often speculates about his private life given the fact that he is not married in spite of being a very successful and attractive man, but the actor does not let these speculations bother him.

In October 2017, following allegations of sexual assault against him, Kevin Spacey came out as gay and disclosed that though he has had romantic encounters with both men and women, he is now a gay.

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Kevin Spacey awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2000Best Actor in a Leading RoleAmerican Beauty (1999)
1996Best Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Usual Suspects (1995)

Golden Globe Awards

2015Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaHouse of Cards (2013)

BAFTA Awards

2000Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleAmerican Beauty (1999)

MTV Movie & TV Awards

1996Best VillainSe7en (1995)

Kevin Spacey biography timelines

  • // 26th Jul 1959
    He was born as Kevin Spacey Fowler on July 26, 1959, in South Orange, New Jersey, U.S. His father Thomas Geoffrey Fowler was a technical writer and data consultant while his mother Kathleen Ann was a secretary. He has one brother and one sister.
  • // 1977
    He was a troublemaker as a young boy and was often expelled from his school. He first went to the Northridge Military Academy, then to the Canoga Park High School, and finally to Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California from where he graduated valedictorian of his class, in 1977.
  • // 1979 To 1981
    He then enrolled in the drama program at Julliard in New York City in 1979 at the advice of a former classmate and studied there till 1981.
  • // 1981
    Kevin Spacey began his career as a stage actor and his first professional stage appearance was as a spear carrier in a New York Shakespeare Festival performance of ‘Henry VI, part 1’ in 1981.
  • // 1988 To 1992
    He appeared in minor roles in several films during the late 1980s and was finally noticed for his acting talents when he played the role of Eddy Otis in the 1992 movie ‘Consenting Adults’. Around the same time, he also played small roles in television series such as ‘Wiseguy’ (1988) and ‘L.A. Law’ (1992).
  • // 1995
    He received a big breakthrough when he was offered the role of Roger "Verbal" Kint in the 1995 crime thriller, ‘The Usual Suspects’. He played the role of a con man who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Kevin Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995). He also won several other awards for this role including Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • // 1999
    Sam Mendes, the director of the film ‘American Beauty’ (1999) asked Kevin Spacey to play the role of the middle-age office worker Lester Burnham in the movie. Spacey accepted the role and his portrayal of the character garnered him much critical appraise and made him a superstar.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role of Lester Burnham in the drama film, ‘American Beauty’. This role also won him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor.
  • // 2001 To 2009
    His success continued in the new millennium and he starred in several movies such as ‘The Shipping News’ (2001), ‘The United States of Leland’ (2004), ‘Recount’ (2008), and ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ (2009).
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he played the role of Chuck in ‘Inseparable’, a genre-bending Chinese film which also stars Gong Beibi and Daniel Wu. His involvement in the film made him the first Hollywood actor to star in a 100% Chinese-funded film. In the same year, he co-starred in the movie 'Horrible Bosses', which was a huge hit.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he played the lead role of Francis J. "Frank" Underwood in the political drama television series ‘House of Cards’, which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he played one of the lead role in the first-person shooter video game ' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'.
  • // 2016
    In 2016, Kevin Spacey starred in two movies: 'Elvis & Nixon' and 'Nine Lives'. In 'Elvis & Nixon' he portrayed the character of President Richard Nixon.
  • // 2017
    In 2017, he started shooting for the movie 'All the Money in the World', in which he was supposed to play the character of American industrialist J. Paul Getty. However, after the allegations of sexual assault surfaced against him, it was announced that he will be replaced by Christopher Plummer.
  • // Oct 2017
    In October 2017, following allegations of sexual assault against him, Kevin Spacey came out as gay and disclosed that though he has had romantic encounters with both men and women, he is now a gay.
  • // Oct 2017
    In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him, in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Thereafter several other people made similar allegations of sexual abuse against Spacey. These include journalist Heather Unruh, filmmaker Tony Montana, and actor Roberto Cavazos.
  • // Nov 2017
    On November 14, 2017, Kevin Spacey checked into a specialist treatment to seek evaluation and treatment for his behaviour.

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Kevin Spacey's FAQ

  • What is Kevin Spacey birthday?

    Kevin Spacey was born at 1959-07-26

  • Where is Kevin Spacey's birth place?

    Kevin Spacey was born in South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

  • What is Kevin Spacey nationalities?

    Kevin Spacey's nationalities is American

  • Who is Kevin Spacey siblings?

    Kevin Spacey's siblings is Julie Ann Fowler, Randall Fowler

  • What was Kevin Spacey universities?

    Kevin Spacey studied at Juilliard School, Juilliard School, Chatsworth High School, Canoga Park High School, Los Angeles Valley College

  • What was Kevin Spacey notable alumnis?

    Kevin Spacey's notable alumnis is Juilliard School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Kevin Spacey?

    Kevin Spacey was the founder/co-founder of Trigger Street Productions

  • How tall is Kevin Spacey?

    Kevin Spacey's height is 178

  • Who is Kevin Spacey's father?

    Kevin Spacey's father is Thomas Fowler

  • Who is Kevin Spacey's mother?

    Kevin Spacey's mother is Kathleen Fowler

  • What is Kevin Spacey's sun sign?

    Kevin Spacey is Leo

  • How famous is Kevin Spacey?

    Kevin Spacey is famouse as Actor