Kevin Spacey (born Kevin Matthew Fowler on 26 July 1959) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He grew up in California and began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s, culminating in his first Academy Award for The Usual Suspects (Best Supporting Actor) (1995), followed by a Best Actor Academy Award win for American Beauty (1999). His other starring roles in Hollywood include Seven, L.A. Confidential, Pay It Forward, K-PAX, and Superman Returns. He has earned him several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Since 2003, he has been artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London. He currently stars as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards.
- I don't know who Keyser Soze is, but whoever he is, he is going to get gloriously drunk tonight.
- Oscar acceptance speech for his performance in The Usual Suspects (February 1996)
- Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane.
- On the character "Prot", in the movie K-PAX; Premiere magazine (September 2001)
- John Lennon was many things to many people. A poet, a rocker, a leader, a troublemaker, a father, a husband — a man. Growing up, to me, he was a hero. The work of John Lennon was marked by its exquisite beauty and by its brutal honesty. So in that vein, let me say, that while I'm both deeply honored to be here — I'm also incredibly pissed-off. I'm outraged because this passionate prophet of peace, and so many others, are not with us here — because we live in an all-too-violent world. And so in the spirit of this occasion it is up to all of us, to do what we can, not only to keep John's songs alive, but help rebuild New York — and that includes your host...
- Prelude to his performance of "Mind Games" in Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music (2001)
- The thing that is always so surprising about plays written in another century is how remarkably elastic they are. When you listen to the way in which Shakespeare attacks relationships, for example, even though the words may start off sounding foreign, in actuality they are so accessible, the motivations so clear, the resonances so contemporary. When you put it in a modern context - we could well be in a place with someone like Gaddafi or Mubarak - it becomes apparent how Richard III resonates with that type of personality, with media and manipulation, alliances and petty jealousies.
- As quoted in The Old Vic, Summer 2011
- What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs from the battle.
- As the character Francis Underwood, from the series House of Card, season 03, episode 03.