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Discussing the root of acting and directing, Kevin Spacey once asked "What are you willing to live with as a human being? There's things I'm just not willing to live with - and I won't. And if it means that I stop and find something else in life that interests me or challenges me, so be it". Later he would claim that many of his actorly ambitions were fulfilled by his second Oscar and so he had decided to dedicate his life to the promotion of other people's talents. The Old Vic post was part of this, as was his formation of Trigger Street Productions which in the first half of 2006 alone released three movies - Mr Gibbs, Mini's First Time and The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang - by unknown directors. Spacey was keeping true to his word.
Despite Spacey's success in Hollywood, he still delved into the theater world throughout his film career, with roles in a 1991 Broadway production of Lost in Yonkers (for which he won a Tony Award), and his role in 1999's Broadway adaptation of The Iceman Cometh, which also received critical acclaim. He also delved into directing with 1996's Albino Alligator.
In 1996, Spacey starred in A Time to Kill (with Sandra Bullock), Looking for Richard, which was directed by Al Pacino, and followed these up with an outstanding performance in 1997's critical favorite, LA Confidential. His portrayal as Sergeant Jack Vincennes raked in even more awards, such as the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Society of Texas Film Critics, both for Best Supporting Actor. He also won the latter for his role in 1997's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
But the versatile and talented actor’s breakthrough movie was the highly acclaimed 1995 hit ‘The Usual Suspects’, playing the creepy, smooth talking Verbal Klint. Spacey won a Best Supporting Oscar for the role and was soon catapulted into the big league.
An early opportunity to appear on film was as a subway thief in the Meryl Streep domestic drama ‘Heartburn’ 1986. It was only a small part but more film and TV work followed. Soon Spacey cultivated a reputation for playing dark, sinister types as epitomised in movies ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ (1992) and cult lo-budget flick ‘Swimming with Sharks’ (1994).
It was during his high school years that Kevin officially adopted the surname Spacey, his mother's maiden name. After high school, Kevin Spacey tried his luck as a stand up comedian on the amateur comedy club circuit. While performing during those early years, Kevin also honed his skills as celebrity mimic, a skill he still displays to this day, often to the surprise and delight of his audiences. His impressions of the likes of Johnny Carson, Al Pacino, and Christopher Walken, are always dead-on.
After his stint at Northridge Military Academy, Kevin went on to attend Canoga Park High School where he found his calling when he started acting in school plays. While performing in a school production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Kevin was singled out and recruited for the renown drama department at Chatsworth High School. At Chatsworth, Kevin had the opportunity to act in a number of plays and would graduate from there in 1977. During his senior year, he was cast in the role of Captain Georg von Trapp for the school's production of The Sound of Music, with classmate actress Mare Winningham cast opposite him as Maria.
Kevin Spacey Fowler was the youngest of three children born to Thomas and Kathleen Fowler in South Orange, New Jersey. His mother was a personal secretary, his father a technical writer whose irregular job prospects led the family all over the country. They eventually settled in southern California, where young Kevin developed into quite a little hellion - after he set his sister's tree house on fire, he was shipped off to the Northridge Military Academy, only to be thrown out a few months later for pinging a classmate on the head with a tire. Spacey then found his way to Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, where he managed to channel his dramatic tendencies into a successful amateur acting career.
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person".