in the Wings on a World Stage
Award winning producer/actor Kevin Spacey has been the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London for the past ten years. In addition to overseeing all productions on the main stage, he is responsible for a vast educational department, work within the community, the “Old Vic/New Voices” program for developing emerging talents; as well as the three years of work in The Old Vic Tunnels, under Waterloo Station. Spacey has appeared in productions at the Old Vic, including “National Anthems,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Speed the Plow,” “Richard II,” “Inherit the Wind” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” which subsequently transferred to Broadway.
Spacey won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in “The Iceman Cometh,” as well as a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.” Spacey has also starred in the Broadway and West End productions of “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon.
Spacey has won two Academy Awards® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “The Usual Suspects” and as Best Actor for “American Beauty,” directed by his “Richard III” director, Sam Mendes. This performance also garnered him a BAFTA Award as Best Actor.
Spacey currently stars in the Netflix original series “House of Cards,” portraying the charismatic and ruthless politician Francis Underwood. He was nominated for a Golden Globe®, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild award as Best Actor in a Drama Series. The series is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti, through Trigger Street Productions, Inc., in association with Media Rights Capital.
Spacey has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award® seven times for his roles in “Casino Jack,” “Recount,” “The Usual Suspects,” “The Shipping News,” “American Beauty,” “Beyond the Sea” and “House of Cards.” Spacey’s other film credits include “Swimming with Sharks” (which he also produced), “Se7en,” “LA Confidential,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “The Negotiator,” “K-Pax,” “The Ref,” “Superman Returns,” “Shrink,” “Horrible Bosses,” and “Margin Call.”
Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti run Trigger Street Productions, which has produced multiple award-winning movies for film and television. Their feature films include the Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, “The Social Network,” which won a Golden Globe® for Best Picture and received multiple Academy Award® nominations and wins, “Casino Jack,” “Shrink,” “Fanboys,” “21,” “The Sasquatch Gang,” “The United States of Leland,” “Beyond the Sea,” and the documentaries “Shakespeare High” and “Uncle Frank.” In addition Trigger Street produced HBO’s “Recount,” Emmy winner for Best Film, and for which he was nominated for an Emmy and SAG Award for Best Actor in a TV-Movie; and “Bernard and Doris,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon, which was nominated for three Golden Globes®, ten Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, among many others.
In 2004, Spacey starred in, co-wrote, directed, and co-produced his dream project, “Beyond the Sea,” providing his own vocals for his role of legendary entertainer Bobby Darin. He received a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack. He had previously made his directorial debut in 1997 with “Albino Alligator,” which starred Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, and Gary Sinise.
Inspired by his mentor Jack Lemmon, Spacey has often launched initiatives to help emerging artists get their start in the competitive worlds of film and theatre, including: Triggerstreet.com, an online community for unrepresented screenwriters and short film directors; The Kevin Spacey Foundation, which offers support to young actors, writers and producers (including workshops during the tour of “Richard III”), and most recently, “Jameson First Shot,” a competition which awards writer/directors from South Africa, Russia and the US with the opportunity to direct a short film, which have starred Spacey, Willem Dafoe, and this year, Uma Thurman. All these shorts are produced by Trigger Street.
Spacey has often worked with former US President Bill Clinton, including a trip to Africa to raise awareness and funds for AIDS and encourage economic development as well as fundraising for the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation.
Spacey was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to theatre. He was also awarded a Doctor of Letters from the London South Bank University, and a Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor Contemporary Theatre at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.