Birth Name: Kevin Fowler
Age: 53, born 26 July 1959
Country of origin: United States
Currently Residing In: United Kingdom
Height: 5' 11"
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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About: As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person". There are, however, certain biographical facts to be had - for starters, Kevin Spacey Fowler was the youngest of th As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person".
There are, however, certain biographical facts to be had - for starters, Kevin Spacey Fowler was the youngest of three children born to Thomas and Kathleen Fowler in South Orange, New Jersey. His mother was a personal secretary, his father a technical writer whose irregular job prospects led the family all over the country. They eventually settled in southern California, where young Kevin developed into quite a little hellion - after he set his sister's tree house on fire, he was shipped off to the Northridge Military Academy, only to be thrown out a few months later for pinging a classmate on the head with a tire. Spacey then found his way to Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, where he managed to channel his dramatic tendencies into a successful amateur acting career. In his senior year, he played "Captain von Trapp" opposite classmate Mare Winningham's "Maria" in "The Sound of Music" (the pair later graduated as co-valedictorians). Spacey claims that his interest in acting - and his nearly encyclopedic accumulation of film knowledge - began at an early age, when he would sneak downstairs to watch the late late show on TV. Later, in high school, he and his friends cut class to catch revival films at the NuArt Theater. The adolescent Spacey worked up celebrity impersonations (James Stewart and Johnny Carson were two of his favorites) to try out on the amateur comedy club circuit.
He briefly attended Los Angeles Valley College, then left (on the advice of another Chatsworth classmate, Val Kilmer) to join the drama program at Juilliard. After two years of training he was anxious to work, so he quit Juilliard sans diploma and signed up with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His first professional stage appearance was as a messenger in the 1981 production of "Henry VI".
Festival head Joseph Papp ushered the young actor out into the "real world" of theater, and the next year Spacey made his Broadway debut in Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts". He quickly proved himself as an energetic and versatile performer (at one point, he rotated through all the parts in David Rabe's "Hurlyburly"). In 1986, he had the chance to work with his idol and future mentor, Jack Lemmon, on a production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night". While his interest soon turned to film, Spacey would remain active in the theater community - in 1991, he won a Tony Award for his turn as "Uncle Louie" in Neil Simon's Broadway hit "Lost in Yonkers" and, in 1999, he returned to the boards for a revival of O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh".
Spacey's film career began modestly, with a small part as a subway thief in Heartburn (1986). Deemed more of a "character actor" than a "leading man", he stayed on the periphery in his next few films, but attracted attention for his turn as beady-eyed villain "Mel Profitt" on the TV series "Wiseguy" (1987). Profitt was the first in a long line of dark, manipulative characters that would eventually make Kevin Spacey a household name: he went on to play a sinister office manager in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), a sadistic Hollywood exec in Swimming with Sharks (1994), and, most famously, creepy, smooth-talking eyewitness Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects (1995).
The "Suspects" role earned Spacey an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and catapulted him into the limelight. That same year, he turned in another complex, eerie performance in David Fincher's thriller Se7en (1995) (Spacey refused billing on the film, fearing that it might compromise the ending if audiences were waiting for him to appear). By now, the scripts were pouring in. After appearing in Al Pacino's Looking for Richard (1996), Spacey made his own directorial debut with Albino Alligator (1996), a low-key but well received hostage drama. He then jumped back into acting, winning critical accolades for his turns as flashy detective Jack Vincennes in L.A. Confidential (1997) and genteel, closeted murder suspect Jim Williams in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). In October 1999, just four days after the dark suburban satire American Beauty (1999) opened in US theaters, Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Little did organizers know that his role in Beauty would turn out to be his biggest success yet - as Lester Burnham, a middle-aged corporate cog on the brink of psychological meltdown, he tapped into a funny, savage character that captured audiences' imaginations and earned him a Best Actor Oscar.
No longer relegated to offbeat supporting parts, Spacey seems poised to redefine himself as a Hollywood headliner. He says he's finished exploring the dark side - but, given his attraction to complex characters, that mischievous twinkle will never be too far from his eyes.
In February 2003 Spacey made a major move back to the theatre. He was appointed Artistic Director of the new company set up to save the famous Old Vic theatre, The Old Vic Theatre Company. Although he did not undertake to stop appearing in movies altogether, he undertook to remain in this leading post for ten years, and to act in as well as to direct plays during that time. His first production, of which he was the director, was the September 2004 British premiere of the play Cloaca by Maria Goos (made into a film, Cloaca (2003) (TV)). Spacey made his UK Shakespearean debut in the title role in Richard II in 2005. In 2006 he got movie director Robert Altman to direct for the stage the little-known Arthur Miller play Resurrection Blues, but that was a dismal failure. However Spacey remained optimistic, and insisted that a few mistakes are part of the learning process. He starred thereafter with great success in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten along with 'Colm Meaney' and Eve Best, and in 2007 that show transferred to Broadway. In February 2008 Spacey put on a revival of the David Mamet 1988 play Speed-the-Plow in which he took one of the three roles, the others being taken by Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly.
Recognisable drawling voice
Often plays deceptively intelligent and ruthless men
Often plays cold and sadistic characters
Distinctive clipped manner of speaking
Auditioned for "The Gong Show" (1976) in 1978 and was rejected.
Also attended Chatsworth High School with Val Kilmer.
His mother was his date for the Oscars the night he won.
Was Co-Valedictorian of his high school class at Chatsworth HS (1977).
Was paid 225 pounds per week for appearing in the play "The Iceman Cometh" at the Almeida Theatre in London (1998).
Ranked #56 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Went to Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles with Mare Winningham. During their senior year, Kevin played von Trapp and Mare played Maria in a school production of The Sound of Music. Upon hearing of their Oscar nominations in 1996, Winningham sent a telegram to Spacey saying: "Captain von Trapp - congratulations on your nomination - Maria."
The use of the name Spacey, while rumored as a combination of Spencer Tracy's names, is actually his mother's maiden name.
Voted greatest actor of the decade by Empire Magazine. [May 1999]
Kevin burnt his sister's tree house down when they were children. This caused his parents to opt for military school, which Kevin promptly left for Chatsworth.
Was the first choice to play the role of Lester Burnham in American Beauty (1999).
Appears twice in Total Film's (U.K) '10 Greatest Villains of All Time' poll. His "John Doe", from Se7en (1995) came in at number 10, while his character in The Usual Suspects (1995) was voted fifth. [February 2001]
Listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Actors 
On People's (USA) 'Best-Dressed' list. [September 2000]
Studied drama at Juilliard School for 2 years.
Was expelled from Northridge Military Academy (in California) for throwing a tire at a classmate.
Won Broadway's 1991 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Lost in Yonkers." He was also nominated in 1999 as Best Actor (Play) for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh."
His Labrador dog's name is Legacy. 
Was the first Academy Award winner to be on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (1996).
During his appearance on BBC TV's "Parkinson" (1971) in March 2002, he did impressions of Jack Lemmon, Bill Clinton, Judi Dench, Katharine Hepburn, Al Pacino, Ian McKellen, Peter O'Toole and James Stewart.
Supporter of London's Old Vic Theater, co-hosting fund-raiser for it in NYC, April 2002.
Owns a Mini-Cooper.
Dedicated the Oscar that he won for Best Actor in American Beauty (1999) to Jack Lemmon. Spacey has said in interviews that he based his performance of Lester Burnham on Lemmon's C.C. Baxter in The Apartment (1960). Appropriately, there is a family connection between those films: Lemmon's love interest was Shirley MacLaine, whose sister-in-law, Annette Bening played Spacey's wife.
Kevin Spacey's production company, TriggerStreet, is named after an actual street in the San Fernando Valley where Spacey grew up and dreamed of building a theatre and making movies. The late cowboy star Roy Rogers once owned a ranch on the land and named the street for his horse Trigger.
Named as Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre in London, England, UK.
Attended the UK Labour Party Conference with former US President Bill Clinton. [2 October 2002]
Has an older brother, Randall, and an older sister, Julie Ann. Has a nephew and a niece.
His father was a technical writer.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actor for his performance in The Iceman Cometh.
When they were both performing on Broadway in 1998, he would often meet Dame Judi Dench during intermission or between shows.
He was awarded the 1998 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best Actor for his performance in The Iceman Cometh at the Almeida and at the Old Vic Theatres.
He was awarded the 1998 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Iceman Cometh.
17 April 2004, London - suffered a head injury after tripping over his dog while pursuing a young man who stole his cell phone. Initially, he reported that the injury was the result of a mugging, but later admitted the truth and stated that he was embarrassed by the situation.
His Oscar-winning performance as Verbal Kint from his film The Usual Suspects (1995) (1995) was ranked #48 on the American Film Institute's Villains list in their compilation of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.
Has said that working with Jack Lemmon on a stage production of "A Long Day's Journey into Night" changed his life. Previously possessive of a reckless ambition, he said he was amazed at how Lemmon was both a great actor and generous to a fault as both a co-star and a human being, teaching him that being a good person and a good actor were not mutually exclusive. He still considers Lemmon his role model.
Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, and Jason Robards are his idols.
Father Thomas Fowler died in 1992. Mother Kathleen died of a brain tumor in 2003.
His guest appearance in "Crime Story: The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob (#2.1)" (1987) was his first major television appearance.
His performance as "Verbal Kint" in The Usual Suspects (1995) is ranked #100 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Parodied a mad bald man, "Dr. Evil", in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) while portraying a sinister bald man, "Lex Luthor", in Superman Returns (2006).
Has twice shaved his head completely bald to play the villain in movies. He did it to play "John Doe" in Se7en (1995) and "Lex Luthor" in Superman Returns (2006).
Character Deadshot from Justice League voice and personality were based on Kevin Spacey.
As part of his research for the role of Bobby Darin in the film Beyond the Sea (2004), Spacey watched several of Michael Bublé's performances.
April 2000: The Los Angeles Times reported that he was being considered for the role of Inspector Clouseau, in The Pink Panther (2006). The following month, Spacey denied he was in negotiations for the role of Clouseau. He said he'd only had two conversations with MGM about the role, but that since the announcement, claiming he was in the running for it, he'd had to answer 8000 Pink Panther questions.
Has a black mongrel terrier called Mini. "She is named after the car.".
Huge fan of Professional Wrestling.
His older brother, Randy, makes a living as a Rod Stewart impersonator.
As of 2008, he is only one of six actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937); Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970); Sally Field for Norma Rae (1979) and Places in the Heart (1984); and Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Ranked #10 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
To pay his way through Juilliard, he worked in Juilliard's admin office.
Co-hosted the Noble Peace Prize concert for Al Gore because Tommy Lee Jones had to drop out at the last minute.
In 1970 he attended Northridge Military Academy in Northridge (Los Angeles) California, with producer/director Thomas R. Bond II.
Visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Carnival. [February 2008]
Has never married or had children.
Thanked by the band Matchbox 20 in the liner notes of their album "Yourself or Someone Like You".
Lives in Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York.
In November of 2010, Prince Charles presented Kevin Spacey with an award for his services to drama. He was named an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, where he has been Artistic Director since 2003.
Divides his time between London, England and Los Angeles, California.
Was the first Hollywood star to be cast as a lead actor in a fully Chinese-financed film: Dayyan Eng's Inseparable (2011).
In Total Film's The 150 Greatest Movie Performances of All Time, his Roger "Verbal" Kint in The Usual Suspects (1995) was rated 39th.
In Total Film's Top 100 Greatest Movie Villains, he ranked 65 for his role as Buddy Ackerman in Swimming with Sharks (1994). His Keiser Soze in The Usual Suspects (1995) was ranked 52 and his John Doe in Se7en (1995) was ranked 13.
In a Butterfields LA auction on September 10, 2001, the Oscar won by George Stoll for Anchors Aweigh (1945) was being auctioned for $157,000. Kevin bought it and returned it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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