WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Academy Award®-winner KEVIN KLINE
was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied piano at Indiana University's
School of Music before becoming a student at the Julliard School
of Drama and a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company.
For four years he toured the States with The Acting Company, playing
lead roles in the plays of Chekhov, Shakespeare, Sheridan, Gorky,
Goldsmith, Congreve and Moliere, making his Broadway debut in
"The Three Sisters" with that company in 1974. In 1978,
he appeared on Broadway in the Hal Prince musical "On The
Twentieth Century," for which he won a Drama Desk Award and
the first of two Tony Awards.
Two years later, he starred as the Pirate King in Joseph Papp's
re-working of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."
The show transferred to Broadway and brought further acclaim to
Kline, who again picked up Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best
Actor in a Musical Comedy, as well as an Obie Award for Outstanding
Achievement by an Actor.
The hit musical was soon brought to the screen with Kline in the
lead, however the beginning of his career as a movie actor truly
began when "The Pirates of Penzance" was in its Broadway
run. The show brought Kline to the attention of director Alan
J. Pakula, who cast him opposite Meryl Streep in "Sophie's
Choice." His performance was nominated for Golden Globe and
Since, Kline has starred in numerous films including "Cry
Freedom," "A Fish Called Wanda," "Dave,"
Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (New York's Gotham Award for
Achievement as an Actor), "Fierce Creatures" and "In
& Out," which earned him a second Golden Globe nomination.
For his manic Otto West in "A Fish Called Wanda," Kline
won the 1988 Academy Award® as Best Supporting Actor. His
long relationship with director Lawrence Kasdan began in 1983
with "The Big Chill" and continued with "Silverado,"
"I Love You To Death," "Grand Canyon" and
"French Kiss." Kline stars with Will Smith and Kenneth
Branagh in the upcoming film "The Wild, Wild West,"
directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
An actor who loves the classics, Kline continues to act in theater
during his busy film career. At the Circle in the Square on Broadway,
Kline won rave reviews for his Captain Bluntschli in Shaw's "Arms
and the Man," directed by fellow actor John Malkovich. Most
recently, he starred in David Hare's adaptation of Chekhov's "Ivanov"
at the Lincoln Center.
For the New York Shakespeare Festival, he has played "Richard
III," "Henry V," the Duke in "Measure for
Measure," Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing"
and "Hamlet" twice.
For his first "Hamlet," Kline won the Obie Award for
Sustained Achievement in Theater. A recipient of the Shakespeare
Award for Classical Theatre, his second production of "Hamlet,"
which he also directed in 1992, received five Drama Desk nominations,
including two for Kline as director and lead actor. Kline, who
served as associate producer for the New York Shakespeare Festival,
went on to co-direct a highly-acclaimed, taped version of the
production for the PBS "Great Performance" series.
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