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Date of Birth: 26th July 1959
Born at: South Orange, New Jersey.
Claim to Fame: American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential.
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Many actors come to Hollywood with experience in stage performance as a way to enhance their resumes. But many of them fail to make it big. Kevin Spacey is one such exception. Kevin made a smooth transition from theatre to television to films. He made his debut playing a subway thief in Heartburn (1986). Kevin had already tasted success in TV and theatre and also had a fan following.
Kevin was born in New Jersey close to the Newark airport. He was the youngest of the three siblings and struggled for attention all the time. This in turn made him very naughty and quite a handful to manage. He was sent to military school from where he managed to get himself expelled. His parents were at a loss to as to what to do with him. They put him in Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth California. This proved to be a right move as the guidance counselor suggested to Kevin that he focus his energies into acting. Kevin excelled at that high school and even graduated as class valedictorian.
In 1981, Kevin appeared in his first on-stage performance in Henry VI part 1. Next he made his debut in Broadway. Kevin continued to do plays throughout the 80ís. He even landed small parts in TV Shows like L.A. Law. Kevin always wanted to get into films. He made his debut in Heartburn playing a small part . Owing to Kevinís accomplished acting skills, the roles started coming in. Kevin did films like Dad (1989), Henry & June (1991) and the comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). Kevin developed himself as a character actor and took on a wide variety of complex roles.
Considering Kevinís talent he wasnít to be kept from the awards for too long. He won the Oscar for his supporting role in The Usual Suspects (1995). He received many more awards that year for his role. He won his second Oscar for his role in American Beauty (1999). In the movie he plays a regular guy who is tempted by his daughterís best friend. The movie was a major hit and Kevin took home many awards.
Kevin has never shied away from taking on negative roles. He played Supermanís arch enemy, Lex Luthor in Superman Returns (2006). The movie was a hit, but there are no confirmed reports whether he will revive the role in the sequel. In 2003 Kevin moved to England to look after the Old Vic, one of Londonís oldest theatres. He has said he will work in the theatre for the next ten years. He continues to work in plays of the theatre and also awaiting British citizenship.
Kevinís private life has been a closely guarded secret. He has remained unmarried to this day and not much is known about his past girlfriends. There were even rumors about him being gay, but he categorically denied it in many interviews.
Kevin turned producer in the year 1997. He started a company, Trigger Street Productions with the intention of producing entertainment in various kinds of media like films, television and theatre. He turned director with the movie Albino Alligators (1997). The movie was a flop but the critics were kinder to Kevin. His second directorial venture was Beyond the Sea (2004) which he also wrote. Currently, Kevin is working on three movies that are soon to be released.