Ever since Kevin Spacey burst onto the scene, he has been a pop culture icon. His roles in movies such as American Beauty and The Usual Suspects have earned him an Oscar and a Golden Globe respectively, while his portrayal of President Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards has made him a household name. However, not many people know about Spacey’s true life. This piece will provide some insight into his personal life, including how he became an actor and what makes him so special.
Kevin Spacey’s Parents Separated When He Was Seven Years Old
Kevin Spacey’s parents separated when he was seven years old. It was a difficult time for the young Kevin, who went from living with one parent to living with the other. His father moved out of state and would visit once or twice a month, while his mother worked hard at her job and tried to raise him on her own. However, she always stressed how important it was to have both parents in their son’s life. This experience taught Spacey that children need both loving parents in their lives as they grow up. Kevin Spacey’s father died suddenly of a heart attack in 1995 and his mother passed away two years later.
Kevin Spacey made his first foray into acting in the early 1980s after getting an agent at an open audition in New York City. At the tender age of 23, he had already had some success with roles on television shows such as LA Law and Family Ties which would eventually lead to movies like American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He has since appeared in over 50 films and is well-known for his many complex characters, ranging from Frank Underwood on House of Cards to Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Childhood and Family
Kevin Spacey was born on January 26, 1959, in South Orange, New Jersey. His father, Thomas Geoffrey Fowler Sr., was an actor, and his mother Patricia Ann Fowler was a stage actress. Kevin moved to London at the age of twelve with his family when his father got a job as an actor there. He was enrolled in the prestigious Dulwich College before being sent back to the United States two years later. Spacey attended The Juilliard School of Drama in New York City where he graduated in 1981. After graduation, he began performing professionally, taking roles on Broadway and television series like Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law throughout the 1980s.
Spacey’s career really took off after he made his big-screen debut in 1986’s Crimes and Misdemeanors opposite Annette Bening; this marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between Spacey and writer/director Mike Nichols that would go on for many years to come. This film won Oscars for both actors, as well as director Mike Nichols for Best Director, which is quite rare for a feature-length film.
Spacey has since starred in over fifty films including The Usual Suspects (1995), American Beauty (1999), Pay It Forward (2000) American Psycho (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Se7en (1995) Sabrina (1995) L.A. Confidential (1997), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).
Spacey attended the Juilliard School in New York City and graduated with a degree in drama. Spacey primarily studied under Uta Hagen and was a fellow student of playwright Arthur Miller, who is known for his work The Crucible. While at Juilliard, Spacey met Frank Langella and both would go on to be members of the New York Shakespeare Festival Company.
Early Career in New York
Kevin Spacey first got his start in the show business as a stage actor. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but he was quickly forced to return home when his mother died. He was only 23 years old at the time, and he needed to support himself financially. His first job out of college was as an assistant director on Broadway for Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.
Spacey also found success on screen before making a transition into Hollywood. He worked as an actor in theater productions from 1986 to 1994 before landing his first film role in 1995 in Se7en alongside Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. It is unclear how much Kevin Spacey contributed to that film, but it helped him catch the attention of producers who saw potential in him early on.
Kevin Spacey has made a name for himself not only as an actor with astonishing talent but also as a philanthropist who gives back to society as few others do. He founded The Kevin Spacey Foundation which focuses on such areas as youth leadership education, helping homeless people find employment and increasing social mobility among disadvantaged young people. It is no surprise then that Kevin Spacey has been named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential People” in 2014 and 2015. He continues to use his influence for good in his personal life too; since 1998, he has been married to British singer Annette Bening.
Kevin Spacey has always been an actor. He started acting in plays as a high school student and went on to become one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood. However, he only began to focus on his passion for acting in his early 20s when he was diagnosed with dyslexia. This led him to get into the theater, which is how he began getting roles in films and television shows.
Coming from a very wealthy family that resided in Massachusetts, Spacey attended an all-boys boarding school called Deerfield Academy. There, Kevin Spacey became involved with theatre and excelled at it, playing leading roles such as Hamlet while also directing a number of plays during his time there. It was during his time at Deerfield that he began to pursue acting as a career; after discovering that he had the talent for it and being encouraged by teachers. After graduating from high school, Spacey enrolled at Tufts University before moving on to study theatre acting at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama.
After graduating from Central School of Speech & Drama, Kevin Spacey moved back to the United States to live out his dream of becoming an actor full time. While living in Boston and New York City, Kevin Spacey would work jobs like bartending while trying out different acting gigs such as commercials or hosting events like Tufts’ annual dinner dance so that he could hone his skills and build up connections within the industry.
Who Is He Now?
When Kevin Spacey was born in 1959, his father, Jack, was the artistic director at London’s Old Vic theatre. As a result of this, he grew up surrounded by actors and had a strong relationship with his father. This would eventually lead to him becoming an actor himself. The first role he played on screen was in Ridley Scott’s film, American Beauty, where he played Lester Burnham’s son-in-law. His portrayal of Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Criminal Intent brought him more recognition and got him several other acting roles. He has appeared in films such as Se7en, JFK, and Wolf of Wall Street.