Born: 26 July 1959
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey
Best known as: Oscar-winning star of American Beauty
Spacey's Oscar-winning performance as a disaffected suburban husband in American Beauty made his reputation on the movie screen, and his turn as politico Frank Underwood in TV's House of Cards cemented his place as versatile actor and big star. It was Spacey's second Academy Award; his first came for playing wily con artist 'Verbal' Kint in the gangster mystery The Usual Suspects (1995, with Benicio Del Toro). Handsome but not movie-star hunky, Spacey is known for his versatility and his serious theatrical skills: he won a 1991 Tony for Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers and in 2003 was introduced as the new artistic director of London's venerable Old Vic Theater. His other film roles include: Hollywood-happy detective Jack Vincennes in 1997's L.A. Confidential (with Kim Basinger); the nasty serial killer John Doe in Seven (1995, with Brad Pitt); a confounding mental patient in K-Pax (2001, with Jeff Bridges; a death row inmate (with a conscience) in The Life of David Gale (2003); as Lex Luthor in Superman Returns (2006, starring Brandon Routh); and as Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack (2010).
Spacey made his directorial debut with the offbeat 1996 crime drama Albino Alligator… Spacey attended Chatsworth High School with actors Val Kilmer and Mare Winningham… His co-star in American Beauty was Annette Bening… Spacey is the founder of TriggerStreet.com, an online script and film review cooperative for aspiring filmmakers.
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