For the past five years, KEVIN SPACEY'S (Micky Rosa; Producer) main focus has been to serve as the Artistic Director of London's Old Vic Theatre Company. Since launching this new company in 2004 he has appeared in productions of "National Anthems," "The Philadelphia Story," "Richard II" (directed by Trevor Nunn) and the recent "Moon for the Misbegotten," directed by Howard Davis, which transferred to Broadway this past spring. The Old Vic is heavily involved in Education and Community work, using the tools and artists of theatre for young people as well as its vast program for emerging artists, Old Vic/New Voices. The company is currently enjoying its fourth season with an adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's "All About My Mother" with Diana Rigg and the upcoming "Cinderella," written by Stephen Fry.
Since childhood his primary allegiance has been the theatre, with roles beginning in junior high school and leading to Broadway. He trained at the Juilliard School of Drama and made his NY stage debut in Joseph Papp's Central Park production of "Henry IV, Part I."
His breakthrough came when director Jonathan Miller cast Spacey as Jack Lemmon's son in the 1986 Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night," which also played the Haymarket Theatre in London. Other favorite roles include Treplov in "The Seagull" with Colleen Dewhurst (Kennedy Center); Paul in Barrie Keefe's "Barbarians" (SoHo Rep); and Athol Fugard's "Playland" (Manhattan Theatre Club). For his performance as Uncle Louie in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," he won the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1991.
His close association with Jack Lemmon continued as they shared the screen in George Stevens Jr.'s "The Murder of Mary Phagan" for NBC, Gary David Goldberg's Dad for Paramount, and David Mamet's screen adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, co-starring Al Pacino, Ed Harris and Alec Baldwin.
In 1995, cinema audiences discovered Spacey in three distinct performances: as Buddy Ackerman in George Huang's Swimming With Sharks; Verbal Kint in Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects; and John Doe in David Fincher's Se7en. He has continued to build an impressive body of work with such films as L.A. Confidential, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Negotiator, Hurlyburly, Looking for Richard, The Big Kahuna, K-Pax, The Shipping News, The Life of David Gale, Superman Returns and American Beauty. Many of these performances have won him nominations and awards, including two Academy AwardsÂ® for Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects and Best Actor for American Beauty, for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild and British Academy's BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
In 1998, he returned to the stage in Eugene O'Neill's classic "The Iceman Cometh," directed by Howard Davis. The production originated at London's Almeida Theatre and later transferred to the Old Vic Theatre and onto Broadway. For his performance as Hickey, he won the Evening Standard and the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor.
His work on television has included seven episodes of the CBS series "Wiseguy" and the role of Clarence Darrow in the PBS/American Playhouse film "Darrow."
He made his directorial debut with the Miramax film Albino Alligator starring Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, Faye Dunaway and Viggo Mortensen, and most recently directed, as well as starred, as Bobby Darin in the film Beyond the Sea, for Lions Gate opposite Kate Bosworth. This performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for the soundtrack.
Spacey formed Trigger Street Productions in 1997, which produced "The Iceman Cometh." Trigger Street's feature films include The Big Kahuna starring Danny DeVito, The United States of Leland, starring Don Cheadle and Ryan Gosling, and The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang, which won the Slamdance Film Festival and Best Actor
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