Actor Kevin Spacey attends the premiere of Netflix's "House Of Cards" at Alice Tully Hall on January 30, 2013 in New York City.
The two-time Academy Award-winner's hefty resume not only includes a roster of Hollywood stand-outs (including "Glengarry Glen Ross," "The Usual Suspects," "American Beauty" and "L.A. Confidential"), but also a decade of running London's Old Vic theatre.
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"Heartburn"Spacey's first film role was as a somewhat apologetic mugger who pursues Meryl Streep into her group therapy session in Mike Nichols' "Heartburn" (1986).
"Rocket Gibraltar"Frances Conroy, Burt Lancaster and Kevin Spacey in the family drama, "Rocket Gibraltar" (1988).
"Glengarry Glen Ross"As a 13-year-old Spacey received encouragement from Jack Lemmon during the actor's visit to Spacey's school. They ultimately appeared together in several films, including the TV movie of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "The Murder of Mary Phagan," and the big screen adaptation of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" (left).
"The Ref"Festive, candle-lit headwear is just part of a traditional family Christmas dinner in the black comedy, "The Ref" (1994), starring Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary.
"The Usual Suspects"In Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects" (1995), five criminals in a police lineup (Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Spacey) may be key to unraveling a drug smuggling plot that left several underworld figures dead - and an even greater mystery about the reputed criminal mastermind behind the deaths, Keyser Soze.
"The Usual Suspects"
Kevin Spacey as "Verbal" Kint: "Keaton always said: 'I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him.' Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze."
Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
"Seven"In David Fincher's "Seven" (1995), Kevin Spacey plays "John Doe," a serial killer tracked by police detectives played by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
"A Time to Kill"Kevin Spacey and Matthew McConaughey starred in "A Time to Kill" (1996), adapted from the John Grisham legal thriller.
"Looking for Richard"Kevin Spacey was among the cast of Al Pacino's 1996 documentary about Shakespeare and the influence of "Richard III," "Looking for Richard."
"L.A. Confidential"James Cromwell, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey played members of the L.A. Police Department - not all of whom had clean hands - in "L.A. Confidential" (1997), Curtis Hanson's film version of the James Ellroy novel.
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"In "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997), Kevin Spacey played antiques dealer Jim Williams, on trial for murdering a male prostitute.
"The Negotiator"Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey in the thriller, "The Negotiator" (1998).
"Hurlyburly"Kevin Spacey, Anna Paquin and Sean Penn starred in the film version of David Rabe's play, "Hurlyburly" (1998).
"American Beauty"In the Oscar-winning "American Beauty" (1999), directed by Sam Mendes, Kevin Spacey played a suburban office lackey undergoing a midlife crisis. His shaky marriage to Annette Bening is perhaps the least problematic part of his life.
"American Beauty"Kevin Spacey and Mena Syvari - the teenage object of his lust - in "American Beauty." Spacey won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
Oscar WinnersHilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") and Kevin Spacey ("American Beauty") pose with their Oscar statuettes after winning the Academy Awards for best lead performances.
"Pay It Forward"Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment in "Pay It Forward" (2000).
"K-Pax"Kevin Spacey played an unusual psychiatric patient of Jeff Bridges' in "K-Pax" (2001). How unusual? He claims to be an alien.
"The Shipping News"Julianne Moore and Kevin Spacey in the 2001 film version of E. Annie Proulx's novel, "The Shipping News," directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
"The Life of David Gale"Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey starred in Alan Parker's 2003 thriller, "The Life of David Gale," about a capital punishment opponent convicted of murder and sentenced to Death Row.
"Beyond the Sea"Kevin Spacey co-wrote, directed and starred in the 2004 biography of singer Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea."
"Superman Returns"Kevin Spacey's role as super villain Lex Luthor added some shine to the 2006 reboot, "Superman Returns."
"Recount"Ed Begley, Jr. as David Boies and Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain, lawyers fighting for the Democratic candidate Al Gore, in the 2008 HBO film, "Recount," a retelling of the turmoil that was the 2000 presidential election in Florida.
"21"In "21," Kevin Spacey played an MIT math professor who gives his students lessons in card counting - helpful when trying to fleece Las Vegas casinos.
"Moon"In Duncan Jones' 2009 sci-fi film "Moon," Kevin Spacey provided the voice of GERTY, the artificial intelligence that is a companion to a solitary astronaut (played by Sam Rockwell) on a lunar outpost.
"The Men Who Stare at Goats"Can psychic powers be turned into weapons of war? According to "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (2009), the Pentagon tried. Kevin Spacey was featured with costars Ewan McGregor, George Clooney and Jeff Bridges.
"Father of Invention"In "Father of Invention" (2010), Kevin Spacey starred opposite Heather Graham as a fallen infomercial king trying to get back into the game.
"Casino Jack"Kevin Spacey as lobbyist Jack Abramoff in "Casino Jack" (2011).
"Margin Call"Kevin Spacey starred in J.C. Chandor's "Margin Call" (2011), about a financial firm facing an imminent, catastrophic collapse.
"Horrible Bosses"Jason Bateman and Kevin Spacey in Seth Gordon's black comedy, "Horrible Bosses" (2011).
"House of Cards"In the Netflix series "House of Cards," Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a Congressman who - like Shakespeare's Richard III - uses every manner of duplicity, back-stabbing, and even murder to climb the ladder of power in Washington, D.C.
"House of Cards"Robin Wright as Claire Underwood and Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."
"House of Cards"Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara with director David Fincher during filming of "House of Cards."
"Richard III"Kevin Spacey in the Bridge Project's stage production of "Richard III," as seen in the documentary, "Now: In the Wings of a World Stage."
"Now: In the Wings of a World Stage"Kevin Spacey in the Bridge Project's stage production of "Richard III," as seen in the documentary, "Now: In the Wings of a World Stage."
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