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Kevin Kline

Kevin KlineAKA Kevin Delaney Kline

Born: 24-Oct-1947
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Fish Called Wanda

Kline's mother was Catholic, and he has lovingly described her as "nuts" for her loud political tirades at the dinner table as he was growing up. His father was a Jewish man who owned The Record Bar in Kansas City, Missouri, but had always dreamed of singing opera. Kline studied music at Indiana University for two years, then switched to drama. He had small roles at the New York Shakespeare Festival, then studied at the Juilliard School, where he was mentored by John Houseman. After leaving Juilliard, Kline joined Houseman's Acting Company, a touring professional repertory. He had a successful career as a stage actor long before the movies beckoned, winning two Tonys, one for playing a hapless, narcissistic womanizer in On the Twentieth Century, and a second for his role as the Pirate King in a Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance.

He received his first film role, in Sophie's Choice (1982), when director Alan J. Pakula and star Meryl Streep saw him in Pirates, and agreed he would be ideal for the film's role of Nathan. Kline was at the center of the ensemble funeral comedy The Big Chill, the ensemble western Silverado, and the ensemble comedy A Fish Called Wanda (which won him an Oscar). He was also memorable as a crooked president's everyman body double in the Capra-esque comedy Dave, as the soul-dead husband at the center of The Ice Storm, and as a bisexual Cole Porter in De-Lovely.

Father: Robert Joseph Kline (toy store owner)
Mother: Peggy (Kirk) Kline May
Sister: Kate Kline May
Brother: Chris Kline
Brother: Alex Kline
Girlfriend: Glenn Close (actress, dated 1970s)
Girlfriend: Patti LuPone (actress, dated 1972)
Girlfriend: JoBeth Williams (actress)
Wife: Phoebe Cates (actress, m. 5-Mar-1989)

    High School: St. Louis Priory School, St. Louis, Mo (1965)
    University: BA Drama, Indiana University Bloomington (1970)
    University: Juilliard School

    Al Franken for Senate
    Individuals Dedicated to Ethics and Science PAC
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 1989 for A Fish Called Wanda
    Tony for On the Twentieth Century
    Tony for The Pirates of Penzance
    St. Louis Walk of Fame

    TELEVISION
    Bob's Burgers Mr. Fischoeder (2011-)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    My Old Lady (10-Sep-2014)
    Last Vegas (31-Oct-2013)
    The Last of Robin Hood (6-Sep-2013)
    Lincoln (8-Oct-2012)
    Darling Companion (26-Jan-2012) · Joseph
    No Strings Attached (21-Jan-2011) · Alvin
    The Conspirator (11-Sep-2010) · Edwin Stanton
    The Extra Man (25-Jan-2010) · Henry Harrison
    Queen to Play (25-Apr-2009) · Dr. Kröger
    The Tale of Despereaux (19-Dec-2008) · Andre [VOICE]
    Theater of War (Apr-2008) · Himself
    Definitely, Maybe (24-Jan-2008)
    Trade (23-Jan-2007) · Ray Sheridan
    As You Like It (1-Sep-2006)
    A Prairie Home Companion (12-Feb-2006)
    The Pink Panther (19-Jan-2006)
    Jiminy Glick in La La Wood (18-Sep-2004) · Himself
    De-Lovely (22-May-2004) · Cole Porter
    The Emperor's Club (9-Sep-2002) · William Hundert
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (13-Feb-2002) [VOICE]
    Life as a House (9-Sep-2001)
    The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)
    The Road to El Dorado (31-Mar-2000) · Tulio [VOICE]
    Wild Wild West (30-Jun-1999) · Artemus Gordon
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (26-Apr-1999)
    In & Out (10-Sep-1997) · Howard Brackett
    The Ice Storm (12-May-1997)
    Fierce Creatures (23-Jan-1997) · Rod McCain
    Looking for Richard (5-Jul-1996) · Himself
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (21-Jun-1996) [VOICE]
    French Kiss (5-May-1995)
    Princess Caraboo (16-Sep-1994)
    The Nutcracker (24-Nov-1993) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Dave (7-May-1993)
    It's the Monty Python Story (1993) · Himself
    Chaplin (25-Dec-1992) · Douglas Fairbanks
    Consenting Adults (16-Oct-1992)
    Grand Canyon (25-Dec-1991) · Mack
    Soapdish (31-May-1991) · Jeffrey Anderson
    I Love You to Death (6-Apr-1990) · Joey
    The January Man (13-Jan-1989) · Nick Starkey
    A Fish Called Wanda (15-Jul-1988) · Otto
    Cry Freedom (5-Nov-1987)
    Violets Are Blue (11-Apr-1986)
    Silverado (10-Jul-1985) · Paden
    The Big Chill (9-Sep-1983) · Harold
    The Pirates of Penzance (18-Feb-1983)
    Sophie's Choice (8-Dec-1982) · Nathan


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