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Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline has earned equal distinction in the worlds of film and theater.

In his three-decades' long history with The Public Theater, Kline has played numerous Shakespearean roles: Richard in Richard III, Henry in Henry V, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and the title role in two productions of Hamlet. For the first production of Hamlet, he won the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance and for the second production, which he also directed, he received five Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Director and Actor nominations. Later, he co-directed a televised version of the production for PBS' Great Performances series. Kline most recently took the stage at The Public in William Shakespeare's King Lear.

A Juilliard graduate, Kline made his Broadway debut playing Vershinin in Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters for John Houseman's The Acting Company, of which he is a founding member. His other Broadway credits include Harold Prince's On the Twentieth Century, for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and The Pirates of Penzance, which had a successful run at The Public Theater before transferring to Broadway, and for which he again won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, as well as the Obie Award for Performance.

Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway performance in George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, directed by John Malkovich, and starred in Gerald Gutierrez's production of Chekhov's Ivanov at Lincoln Center. He won a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Falstaff in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Shakespeare's Henry IV. At The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, Kline has also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in The Seagull and in Mother Courage and Her Children this past summer.

In addition to his 1988 Oscar for his work in A Fish Called Wanda and a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for his role As You Like It, Kline was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for his roles in Sophie's Choice, Dave, In & Out, Soapdish and De-Lovely, and he received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Life as a House.

Other film credits include The Big Chill, Silverado, I Love You to Death, Grand Canyon, French Kiss, Cry Freedom, The Ice Storm, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Emperor's Club, The Pink Panther, A Prairie Home Companion, Trade and Definitely, Maybe.

Kline recently wrapped production on David Leveaux's Cyrano de Bergerac and will soon begin production on Caroline Bottaro's Joueuse.

Kline is the first American actor to receive the Sir John Gielgud Golden Quill Award and was recently honored with the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, Kline was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

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Kevin Kline Facts

Birth NameKevin Delaney Kline
BirthdayOctober 24, 1947 (74)
BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Kevin Kline compared to you?
Awards2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (for As You Like It)
1989 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for A Fish Called Wanda)

Selected Filmography

My Old Lady
Beauty and the Beast
No Strings Attached
Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Orange County
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Darling Companion
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