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KEVIN KLINE (Alvin) has seamlessly transitioned between the worlds of theater and film and has earned equal distinction in both. Kline is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award® and two Tony awards. In his three-decades long history with The Public Theater, Kline has played numerous Shakespearean roles: King Lear in "King Lear,” 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 Achievement in Theatre, and for the second production (which he also directed), he received five Drama Desk nominations, including Best Director and Best Actor nominations. Later, he co-directed a televised version of the production for the PBS "Great Performances” series.

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 Hal 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 Outstanding Achievement by an Actor.

Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway performance in Shaw's "Arms and the Man” (directed by John Malkovich) and starred in Gerry 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.” Most recently, Kline was seen on Broadway in the critically acclaimed "Cyrano de Bergerac,” for which he received an Outer Critics Circle award. Additionally, this is Kline's second staged production to air on PBS' "Great Performances” series.

In addition to his 1988 Academy Award® for his work in the comedy "A Fish Called Wanda” and a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for HBO's "As You Like It,” Kline is a five-time Golden Globe nominee for his roles in "Sophie's Choice,” "Dave,” "In & Out,” "Soapdish” and "De-Lovely,” and earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his performance in "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 Anniversary Party,” "The Emperor's Club,” "Life as a House” and "A Prairie Home Companion.”

He can be seen in Caroline Bottaro's French-language film, "Queen to Play,” with Sandrine Bonnaire and Francis Renaud. In the film, Kline portrays a doctor whose housekeeper has a passion for chess and he becomes her mentor in the game, leading her to a chess tournament and initiating major transformations in her life. The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2009.

Kline recently filmed the comedy "The Extra Man,” co-starring Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly. Playing Henry Harrison, a failed but brilliant playwright who escorts wealthy widows of New York's Upper East Side, he decides to take a young aspiring writer under his wing and the relationship eventually develops into a bond the depths of which are hardly expected.

He can also be seen in the upcoming film, "The Conspirator,” directed by Robert Redford. Kline plays Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War serving in the wake of the assassination of President Lincoln.

Kevin 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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