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Kevin Kline

Actor Kevin Kline
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Profession: Actor

United States of America

Biography: Won two Tony Awards for his work in Broadway musicals, winning Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the 1978 original production of "On the Twentieth Century" and Best Actor in a Musical for the 1981 revival of "The Pirates of Penzance". His other stage roles include Falstaff in the 2003 Broadway production of "Henry IV", for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

He made his film debut in 1982, opposite Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice". For his role in the 1988 comedy hit "A Fish Called Wanda", he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Born: October 24, 1947
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Age: 74 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Scorpio

Married Life

  • 1989-03-04 Actress Phoebe Cates marries fellow actor Kevin Kline

Historical Events

  • 1978-02-19 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden & Adolph Green's musical "On The Twentieth Century", starring John Cullum and Madeline Kahn, and Kevin Kline, and directed by Hal Prince, opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 449 performances, wins 5 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards
  • 1981-01-08 Joseph Papp's revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith, and Kevin Kline, opens at the Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 772 performances and wins a Tony Award
  • 1982-12-08 "Sophie's Choice", directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton's 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)
  • 1983-07-15 Film version of "The Pirates of Penzance", starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury premieres in US

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