Kevin Spacey is nominated as Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his role of the travelling salesman in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. In 1991 Spacey won a Best Featured Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Uncle Louie in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers.
Spacey made his New York debut in Joseph Papp's 1981 Central Park production of Henry IV, Part 1. A year later he made his Broadway debut opposite Liv Ullman in Ibsen's Ghosts. His breakthrough role came playing Jamie Tyrone, Jr., with Jack Lemmon in Jonathan Miller's 1986 Broadway and London production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. In addition, he appeared in Athol Fugard's Playland at the Manhattan Theater Club, and was seen in National Anthems at the Long Wharf Theatre directed by Arvin Brown. He most recently played Hickey in the Almeida Theatre production of The Iceman Cometh for director Howard Davies, for which he received the Olivier, London Evening Standard and London Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor.
He has been seen in the motion pictures "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Consenting Adults," "The Ref," "Outbreak," "Swimming With Sharks," "Seven," "A Time to Kill," "L.A. Confidential," "Looking for Richard," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," "The Negotiator," and as the voice of Hopper in "A Bug's Life." Spacey won an Academy Award for his role in "The Usual Suspects."
Spacey made his debut as a film director with the Miramax release "Albino Alligator," starring Matt Dillon and Faye Dunaway. He will be seen this year as an Irish gangster in the film "Ordinary Decent Criminal," a co production between Icon Films and his own production company Trigger Street. Kevin was recently seen opposite Sean Penn in David Rabe's "Hurlyburly," playing the same role he understudied in the original production of the play. Television audiences know him as Mel Profitt on the Stephen J. Cannell series "Wiseguy," and for his performance as Clarence Darrow. He also just finished an untitled film based on the stage play Hospitality Suite with Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli. This fall he will be starring opposite Annette Benning in the Dreamworks feature "American Beauty" for Cabaret director Sam Mendes.