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KEVIN SPACEY exploded onto cinema screens in three distinct performances: Buddy Ackerman in George Hwang's Swimming with Sharks, Verbal Kint in Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects and John Doe in David Fincher's Seven. Since then he has become a two-time Academy Award winner and has continued to build an impressive body of work with such films as LA Confidential, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Negotiator, Hurlyburly, The Big
Kahuna, Pay it Forward and American Beauty. All of these performances have won him numerous nominations and awards including Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and British Academy Awards, all contributing to his becoming one of the most respected actors of his generation.
Since childhood the theatre has been his primary allegiance with roles ranging from high school theatre to Broadway. His breakthrough came when director Jonathan Miller cast Spacey as the ne'er-do-well son of the late Jack Lemmon in the 1986 London/Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Days Journey into Night." This experience began a blessed and dose relationship with Mr. Lemmon as they shared the screen on three other projects: George Stevens Jr's The Murder of Mary Phagan for NBC, Gary David Goldberg's Dad and David Mamet's screen adaptation of Glen garry Glen Ross.
Other favorite stage roles include Treplov in "The Seagull" (Kennedy Center),
Ben in "National Anthems" (Long Wharf), Paul in Bame Keefe's "Barbarians"
(SoHo Rep). Athol Fugard's "Playland" (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Unde
Louie in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" for which he won the Tony Award.
In 1998 he returned to the stage following a five-year absence to bring audiences Eugene O'Neill's classic four-hour play, "The Iceman Cometh". The production originated at London's Almedia Theatre and later transferred (with Spacey as producer) to the great Old Vic Theatre and onto Broadway, where it played to triumphant acclaim. For his performance as Hickey he was nominated for the Tony (the play received 5 nominations) and won the Evening Standard Award and the Olivier Award as Best Actor.
His first work in television was as Mel Profitt in 7 episodes of the cult favorite "Wiseguy", for Stephen
Cannell. Other work on the small screen includes "LA Law" and "Darrow", in which he played 30 years in the life of legendary attorney Clarence
Kevin Spacey formed Trigger Street Productions in 1997. which has produced "The Iceman Cometh". The Big Kahuna, and recently the off-Broadway production of Lee Blessing's "Cobb" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Manhattan. That production received the Best Ensemble Award from the Drama Desk Awards.
In addition, Spacey made his directorial debut with Miramax's Albino Alligator starring Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise and William
He is currently starring in Universal's K-PAX for director lain Softly opposite Jeff
Bridges. Spacey is currently shooting The Life of David Gale for director Alan
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