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KEVIN KLINE (William Hundert) an Academy Award winner, most recently starred in the film Life as a House, which
earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best
Actor. Kline has earned equal distinction in the worlds of film and
In addition to an
Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in
Fish Called Wanda, Kline was
nominated for Golden Globe Awards for his roles in Sophie's Choice, Dave,
In & Out and
Soapdish. A Julliard graduate, Kline's Broadway
credits include Hal Prince's On the Twentieth Century, for which he won both a
Tony and a Drama Desk
Award, and as The Pirates of Penzance, for which he again won both a
and a Drama Desk Award, as well as the Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement
by an actor.
After his acclaimed debut in Alan Pakula's moving
adaptation of William Styron's novel Sophie's Choice, for which he received Golden Globe and
BAFTA nominations, Kline began a long-standing creative relationship with
writer/d i rector Lawrence Kasdan. Their collaborations included the
ensemble comedy The Big Chill, followed by the
Silverado, the offbeat comedy I Love You To Death, the ensemble drama Grand Canyon and the
romantic comedy French Kiss. Kline's other film credits include Cry
Freedom, The Ice Storm and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
On stage, Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway
performance in Shaw's Arms and the Man directed by John Malkovich, and starred in
David Hare's adaptation of Chekov's Ivanov at Lincoln Center. He has appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Richard
III, Henry V, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, for
which he won the Obie Award for Sustained Achievement in
Theatre. He directed and starred in a second production of
Hamlet, which received five DramaDesk
nominations, including best director and actor nominations
for Kline. Later, he co-directed a televised version of the production for the
PBS Great Performances Series.
Last summer Kline
in Mike Nichols' critically
acclaimed production of Anton Chekov's The Seagull. Kline
was the first American to receive the Sir John Gielgud Golden Quill Award.
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