THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
KEVIN KLINE (Andre) has earned equal distinction in the worlds of film and
In his three-decades' long history with The Public Theater, Kline has played
numerous Shakespearean roles: Richard in Richard III, Henry in Henry V, Duke
Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and the title
role in two productions of Hamlet. For the first production of Hamlet, he won the Obie
Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance and for the second production, which he
also directed, he received five Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Director
and Actor nominations. Later, he co-directed a televised version of the production for
PBS' Great Performances series. Kline most recently took the stage at The Public in
William Shakespeare's King Lear.
A Juilliard graduate, Kline made his Broadway debut playing Vershinin in Anton
Chekhov's The Three Sisters for John Houseman's The Acting Company, of which he is
a founding member. His other Broadway credits include Harold Prince's On the
Twentieth Century, for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and The
Pirates of Penzance, which had a successful run at The Public Theater before transferring
to Broadway, and for which he again won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, as well
as the Obie Award for Performance.
Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway performance in George Bernard Shaw's
Arms and the Man, directed by John Malkovich, and starred in Gerald Gutierrez's
production of Chekhov's Ivanov at Lincoln Center. He won a Drama Desk Award for his
performance as Falstaff in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Shakespeare's Henry
IV. At The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, Kline has also appeared opposite Meryl
Streep in The Seagull and in Mother Courage and Her Children this past summer.
In addition to his 1988 OscarĀ® for his work in A Fish Called Wanda and a 2008
Screen Actors Guild Award for his role As You Like It, Kline was nominated for Golden
Globe Awards for his roles in Sophie's Choice, Dave, In & Out, Soapdish and De-Lovely,
and he received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Life as a House.
Other film credits include The Big Chill, Silverado, I Love You to Death, Grand
Canyon, French Kiss, Cry Freedom, The Ice Storm, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The
Emperor's Club, The Pink Panther, A Prairie Home Companion, Trade and Definitely,
Kline recently wrapped production on David Leveaux's Cyrano de Bergerac and
will soon begin production on Caroline Bottaro's Joueuse.
Kline is the first American actor to receive the Sir John Gielgud Golden Quill
Award and was recently honored with the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2004, Kline was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
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