Kevin Spacey

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Kevin Spacey

Spacey in 2009
Born Kevin Spacey Fowler
July 26, 1959 (1959-07-26) (age 56)
South Orange, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1986–present

Kevin Spacey Fowler, CBE (honorary) (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer.

Biography[change | change source]

The name "Spacey" was the surname of his grandmother, he took it as his acting surname in high school.[1][2] He worked as an actor in the theatre before he worked in movies and shows. He got his Oscar Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Usual Suspects and for Best Actor in American Beauty (1999). A few of the other movies in which he played the main part are Seven, L.A. Confidential, Pay It Forward and Superman Returns. He works as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre at London in 2003 and plays Francis Underwood in the television drama series, House of Cards.

Filmography[change | change source]

Actor[change | change source]

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Heartburn Subway Thief Cameo
1988 Rocket Gibraltar Dwayne Hanson
1988 Working Girl Bob Speck
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil Kirgo
1989 Dad Mario
1990 A Show of Force Frank Curtin
1990 Henry & June Richard Osborn
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson
1992 Consenting Adults Eddy Otis
1994 Iron Will Harry Kingsley
1994 The Ref Lloyd Chasseur
1994 Swimming with Sharks Buddy Ackerman Producer
1995 The Usual Suspects Roger 'Verbal' Kint
1995 Outbreak Casey Schuler
1995 Seven John Doe
1996 A Time to Kill D.A. Rufus Buckley
1997 L.A. Confidential Jack Vincennes
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil James 'Jim' Williams Song: "That Old Black Magic"
1998 The Negotiator Chris Sabian
1998 Hurlyburly Mickey
1998 A Bug's Life Hopper Voice
1999 American Beauty Lester Burnham
1999 The Big Kahuna Larry Mann Producer
2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal Michael Lynch Producer
2000 Pay It Forward Eugene Simonet
2001 K-PAX Prot
2001 The Shipping News Quoyle
2003 The United States of Leland Albert T. Fitzgerald Producer
2003 The Life of David Gale David Gale
2004 Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin Director, Writer and Producer
2005 Edison Wallace Direct-to-video
2006 Superman Returns Lex Luthor Also in the video game
2007 Fred Claus Clyde Northcut
2008 21 Mickey Rosa
2008 Telstar: The Joe Meek Story Major Wilfred Banks
2009 Shrink Henry Carter
2009 Moon GERTY Voice
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Larry Hooper
2010 Father of Invention Robert Axle
2010 Casino Jack Jack Abramoff
2011 Margin Call Sam Rogers
2011 Horrible Bosses Dave Harken
2011 Inseparable Chuck
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Dave Harken
2015 Elvis & Nixon Richard Nixon
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Equalizer Detective Sgt. Cole Episode: Solo
1987 Long Day's Journey Into Night James 'Jamie' Tyrone Jr. Movie
1987 Crime Story Senator Rourke Episode: The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Wes Brent Miniseries
1988 Wiseguy Mel Profitt 7 episodes
1989 Unsub Benton Episode: Clean Slate
1990 Fall from Grace Jim Bakker Movie
1990 When You Remember Me Wade Movie
1991 Darrow Clearance Darrow Movie
1992 L.A. Law Giles Keenan Episode: Guess Who's Coming to Murder
1993 Tribeca Chris Boden Episode: Heros Exoletus
1994 Doomsday Gun Jim Price Movie
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Herbert Hoover / Sidney Andrews / Ira Stewart / Herman Meville / Governor Morris / The Rev. Cotton Mather Documentary
2008 Recount Ron Klain Movie
2013–present House of Cards Francis Underwood Series regular
2014 The Colbert Report Francis Underwood Dated on September 3
Video games
Year Title Role
2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Johnathan Irons

Director[change | change source]

  • Albino Alligator (1997)

Producer[change | change source]

  • Interstate 84 (2000)
  • The Sasquatch Gang (2006)
  • The Good Student (2006)
  • Mini's First Time (2006)
  • Bernard & Doris (2006)
  • Columbus Day (2008)
  • Hackers Wanted (2009)
  • Fanboys (2009)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • Safe
  • Captain Phillips (2013)

Live performances[change | change source]

  • "Mind Games" — Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music — October 2, 2001 — Radio City Music Hall

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross Valladolid Award for Best Actor Won
1993 Consenting Adults Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1995 Swimming with Sharks Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
New York Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
1996 Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor Won
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Nominated
1995 The Usual Suspects Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble and Supporting Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actor Won
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
1996 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
1995 Outbreak Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
1996 Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
1995 Seven Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
1996 Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
1997 L.A. Confidential Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actor Won
1998 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Empire Award for Best Actor Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast Nominated
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actor Won
1999 A Bug's Life OFTA Film Award for Best Voice-Over Performance Nominated
American Beauty Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor 2nd place
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
2000 Academy Award for Best Actor Won
American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Drama Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
Jupiter Award for Best International Actor Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Won
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor 3rd place
Online Film and Television Association Award for Best Actor Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Won
Russian Guild of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Actor Won
Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
2001 Empire Award for Best Actor Nominated
Audience Award for Best Foreign Actor Won
Pay It Forward Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Drama/Romance Nominated
2002 K-PAX Saturn Award for Best Actor Nominated
The Shipping News Golden Globe Award for Best Actor—Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2005 Beyond the Sea Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2006 Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated
Superman Returns Teen Choice Award for Movies - Choice Sleazebag Nominated
2008 21 Special Award for Best Ensemble Won
Recount Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Golden Nymph Award for Television Films - Best Performance by an Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated
2009 Shrink Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Nominated
2011 Casino Jack Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
Margin Call Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting Nominated
2012 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Nominated
2012 Robert Altman Award Won
2013 House of Cards Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
IGN Award for Best Television Actor Nominated
OFTA Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Drama Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Dorian Award for TV Performance of the Year - Actor Nominated
Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama Nominated
TV Guide Award Nominated
2015 Dorian Award for TV Performance of the Year - Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Won
PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

References[change | change source]

  1. Who's who in the world, 1991-1992 (Volume 10 of Who's who in the world). Marquis Who's Who. 1990. pp. 348. ISBN0837911109.
  2. Soroff, Jonathan (2007). "Soroff/On Kevin Spacey". The Improper Bostonian. http://www.drivingmrspacey.com/TheImproperBostonian.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-02.

Other websites[change | change source]