Tony Award recipient and two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey has returned to the U.S. after a theatre sabbatical in London to find himself starring in one of the biggest film hits of his career, Edgar Wright‘s acclaimed “Baby Driver.” It should come as no surprise as Spacey’s film career, spanning over the last quarter century, has been filled with several highlight roles. In fact, he is one of the few performers who have two Oscar victories without losing.
On the small screen, Spacey has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, as well as 10 Golden Globe Awards for both film and television, winning as Best TV Drama Actor in 2015 for “House of Cards.” He has also been nominated for 11 Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning four — Best Actor and Best Ensemble for “American Beauty” and two Best TV Drama Actor in 2015 and 2017 for “House of Cards.”
He also won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1991 on his first try for “Lost in Yonkers.” He was nominated again in 1999 for the revival of O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.” And in June, Spacey hosted the Tony Awards for his very first time.
In his heart, Spacey has appeared to be a creature of the theatre. In 2003, he made the bold move of putting his blossoming film career on the back burner in order to become the artistic director of The Old Vic, one of London’s oldest theatres, a position that he held for a decade. During that time he appeared in a number of acclaimed productions, including O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” “Inherit the Wind” and the one-man show “Clarence Darrow,” a role that Spacey reprised in New York this spring in, of all places, the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium.
But it is his films that live on, and here are a dozen of his very best. Take a tour of our photo gallery of his 12 greatest films, including his two Oscar wins for “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty” and many more.
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