Kevin Spacey. biography

NAME:Kevin Spacey BIRTH DATE:July 26, 1959 (Age: 55) PLACE OF BIRTH:South Orange, New Jersey

Kevin Spacey Fowler was born on July 26, 1959, in South Orange, New Jersey and studied drama at the Julliard School for two years before dropping out to pursue an acting career fulltime.

Kevin's acting career officially began with a small role in the dramedy Heartburn (1986), which led to more memorable roles in the drama Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and the crime comedy Swimming with Sharks (1994).

In 1995, Kevin rose to fame with his infamous portrayal of a smooth-talking eyewitness in the crime drama The Usual Suspects (1995) for which he won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Following the film's success, Kevin landed a role as a complex psychopathic murderer in the crime mystery Se7en (1995) alongside Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. He then appeared in Al Pacino's docudrama Looking for Richard (1996) before making his directorial debut in the crime thriller Albino Alligator (1996).

Critics were soon back to praising Kevin's versatile acting skills when he starred as a detective in the crime mystery L.A. Confidential (1997) with Russell Crowe and as a mid-life-crisis prone father in the drama American Beauty (1999), with the latter resulting in the Oscar for Best Actor.

Kevin continued to expand his reach in Hollywood with popular performances in the drama thriller The Life of David Gale (2002) opposite Kate Winslet, the biopic Beyond the Sea (2004) as singer Bobby Darin, the action-fantasy film Superman Returns (2006) as Lex Luthor, and the crime drama 21 (2008) with Kate Bosworth. Also during this time, Kevin returned to his theatre roots and became the artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre and appeared in its productions of The Philadelphia Story (2005) and A Moon for the Misbegotten (2006).

From 2009 to 2012, Kevin starred in the war comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) alongside George Clooney and Ewan McGragor, the biopic Casino Jack (2010), the comedy-drama Father of Invention (2010), the drama thriller Margin Call (2010), the drama thriller Inseparable (2011), the crime comedy Horrible Bosses (2011) with Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, and the short-film Envelope (2012).

Kevin's most recent projects include the TV series House of Cards (2013), an on-going performance that has already earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2013.

Is Kevin Spacey Gay?

In 2008, rumors that Kevin Spacey was in fact gay erupted when pictures of the star removing a young gentleman's pants and touching the man's rear while in Croatia hit the web. Kevin is known for being very private and avoiding any questions involving his personal life, but finally broke his silence during an interview with a gay reporter from The Daily Beast when the reporter asked, "We gay men have always proudly claimed you as a member of our tribe, and yet you don't proudly claim us back. Why?"

Although initially thrown-off by the blunt approach, Kevin replied, "Look, I might have lived in England for the last several years, but I'm still an American citizen and I have not given up my right to privacy."

He went on to discuss the rise in gay teen bullying and that he would personally attach himself to PSA's "It Gets Better" project, saying, "But why is it in this country that kids might think it's OK to bully and make fun of somebody?" he asked. "I'll tell you why, because what do they see in the media happening all the time? In the media they seem to think that's OK, so if we stop using sexuality as a weapon against people, maybe everyone will eventually get cool with it."

Kevin never admits nor denies the allegation, rather confirms his thoughts on the right to privacy: "I don't live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie. That is a presumption that people jump to . . . Look, at the end of the day, people have to respect people's differences. I am different than some people would like me to be. I just don't buy into that the personal can be political. I just think that's horses--t. No one's personal life is in the public interest. It's gossip, bottom line. End of story. Now some people feed that. They'll go to the trendy restaurants where all the photographers are and then bitch about being famous. But if you don't want to feed that and you want your life to be based around what your work is then it ends there."

Despite Kevin's effort to address the speculations and set the record straight, the rumors continue to swirl around Hollywood and will most likely last until he either denies or confirms the gossip.

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