Kevin Kline

Actor, Director
Perhaps one of the most prolific and versatile performers of his generation, actor Kevin Kline oscillated easily between stage and screen, while deftly playing for laughs or tears regardless of the medium. Proving ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1947 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Bob's Burgers 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ricki and the Flash 2015 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

My Old Lady 2014 (Movie)

Mathias Gold (Actor)

The Last of Robin Hood 2014 (Movie)

Errol Flynn (Actor)

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Darling Companion 2012 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Wounded Soldier (Actor)

The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Alvin (Actor)

Queen to Play 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Kröger (Actor)

The Conspirator 2011 (Movie)

Edwin Stanton (Actor)

The Extra Man 2010 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Definitely, Maybe 2008 (Movie)

Hampton Roth (Actor)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Andre (Voice)

Theater of War 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Trade 2007 (Movie)

Ray Sheridan (Actor)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Guy Noir (Actor)

As You Like It 2006 (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

Chief Dreyfus (Actor)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

Cole Porter (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

William Hundert (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Life As A House 2001 (Movie)

George Monroe (Actor)

Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Cal Gold (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II 2001 (Movie)

of Phoebus (Voice)

Life of Python 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

of Tulio (Voice)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

President Grant (Actor)

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 (Movie)

Nick Bottom (Actor)

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

Rod McCain (Actor)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Howard Brackett (Actor)

Shakespeare's Children 1997 (Movie)

Readings (Actor)

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

Ben Hood (Actor)

Disney's Most Unlikely Heroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

of Phoebus (Voice)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

Luc (Actor)

Princess Caraboo 1994 (Movie)

Frixos (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Dave Kovic (Actor)

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 1993 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Douglas Fairbanks (Actor)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

Richard Parker (Actor)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

Mack (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Jeffrey Anderson (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

Joey Boca (Actor)

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

January Man 1989 (Movie)

Nick Starkey (Actor)

A Fish Called Wanda 1988 (Movie)

Otto (Actor)

Cry Freedom 1987 (Movie)

Donald Woods (Actor)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Violets Are Blue 1986 (Movie)

Henry Squires (Actor)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Paden (Actor)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

The Pirates of Penzance 1983 (Movie)

Pirate King (Actor)

Sophie's Choice 1982 (Movie)

Nathan Landau (Actor)

The Time of Your Life 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Frank or Francis (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (5)

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

("It's Your Birthday") (Song Performer)

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

("It's Your Birthday") (Song)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

("While Ye May") (Music)

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

("In The Still Of The Night") (Song Performer)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

("It's Tough to be a God") (Song Performer)

Biography

Perhaps one of the most prolific and versatile performers of his generation, actor Kevin Kline oscillated easily between stage and screen, while deftly playing for laughs or tears regardless of the medium. Proving equally at home in musical comedy, contemporary drama or the classics, Kline earned his reputation as an "actor's actor" in the 1970s, with numerous critically acclaimed performances; two of which earned him Tony Awards. Moving into features with a stellar performance in "Sophie's Choice" (1982), he quickly established himself as a feature leading man with roles in "The Big Chill" (1983), "Silverado" (1985) and "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988), which earned him an Academy Award. Though Kline demonstrated his capabilities and invoked comparisons with icons like Errol Flynn and Laurence Olivier, he also acquired a reputation for discretion and selectivity, creating an impressive body of work - including "The Ice Storm" (1997), "Life As a House" (2001) and "De-Lovely" (2004) - that deterred him from propelling to the front ranks of stardom. Which was exactly the way he wanted it.

Relationships

Phoebe Cates Actor

Wife
Met 1983 Married March 5, 1989

Glenn Close Actor

Companion
Dated in late 1970s No longer together

Margaret Kirk

Mother
Catholic

Alex Kline

Brother
Younger

Christopher Kline

Brother
Younger

Greta Kline Actor

Daughter
Born March 21, 1994; mother, Phoebe Cates

Robert Kline

Father
Born Jan. 10, 1909; non-practicing Jew; family owned Kline's department stores in Midwest; trained as an opera singer in his youth Owned toy and record store The Record Bar from 1942-1980 Died Sept. 5, 1996 at age 87

Owen Kline Actor

Son
Born Oct. 14, 1991; mother, Phoebe Cates

Patti LuPone Actor

Companion
Met at Juilliard Dated 1971-78 No longer together

Kate Kline May Actor

Sister

JoBeth Williams Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

EDUCATION

Indiana University

Bloomington , Indiana 1970
Studied music for the first two years, then drama for the second two; co-founded an off-campus theater company which performed revues

Indiana University

Bloomington , Indiana 1970
Studied music for the first two years, then drama for the second two; co-founded an off-campus theater company which performed revues

Juilliard School

New York , New York 1970 - 1972
Member of first class of drama students

Saint Louis Priory School

St Louis , Missouri 1959 - 1965
An all-boys Catholic prep school run by Benedictine monks; appeared in school plays; school named its theater in his honor in 1997

Milestones

2013

Featured with Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Michael Douglas in "Last Vegas"

2012

Co-starred with Diane Keaton with "Darling Companion"

2010

Starred in "The Extra Man" with Paul Dano

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2009

The live Broadway production of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" aired on PBS; earned Emmy and SAG nomination for Best Actor in a TV Movie

2007

Played the title role in the Broadway production of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac"

2007

Cast in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the William Shakespeare play "As You Like It" (aired on HBO)

2006

Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program

2006

Portrayed Chief Inspector Dreyfus, opposite Steve Martin in a prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film "The Pink Panther"

2004

Portrayed Cole Porter, the legendary American composer in "De-lovely," directed by Irwin Winkler; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor (Musical Or Comedy)

2004

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December)

2003

Starred as as Sir John Falstaff in "Henry IV"; received Tony nomination

2002

Portrayed Professor William Hundert in "The Emperor's Club" a film adaptation of "The Palace Thief," based on a short story by Ethan Canin; had originally been announced to direct as well as star

2001

Cast as an award-winning movie actor in "The Anniversary Party"; featured alongside real-life wife Phoebe Cates and their two children

2001

Returned to the New York Shakespeare Festival to appear in the Mike Nichols-directed Central Park production of "The Seagull"; reunited with Meryl Streep who played Arkadina (July-August)

2001

Had lead role of a dying man who sets out to achieve his dream of building a home in "Life as a House"

1999

Played Bottom in Michael Hoffman's screen adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1999

Co-starred as Artemus Gordon opposite Will Smith's James West in the feature version of "Wild Wild West"

1997

Again played dual roles in "Fierce Creatures" which reunited him with his "Fish Called Wanda" co-stars; played an Australian media baron and his American son

1997

Returned to the Broadway stage after 12 years to star in Chekhov's "Ivanov"

1997

Had starring roles in two critically-acclaimed features, the comedy "In & Out" and the drama "The Ice Storm"

1996

Provided the voice of Phoebus in Disney's animated "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

1994

Had supporting role of a Greek butler opposite his wife Phoebe Cates in the comedy-drama "Princess Caraboo"

1993

Performed dual roles as the US President and his doppelganger in Ivan Reitman's "Dave"

1993

Joined the New York Shakespeare Festival as an artistic associate

1990

Stage directing debut with "Hamlet" at the New York Shakespeare Festival; also played lead; later recreated for PBS' "Great Performances" with Kline directing and starring

1988

Won Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his comic portrayal of the dim-witted bully Otto in "A Fish Called Wanda"

1986

First played "Hamlet" at the New York Shakespeare Festival

1985

Co-starred in Kasdan's revisionist Western "Silverado"

1985

Co-starred with Raul Julia and Glenne Headley in revival of Shaw's "Arms in the Man"; last Broadway appearance for over a decade

1983

Reprised role of the Pirate King in the film version of "The Pirates of Penzance"

1983

First screen collaboration with Lawrence Kasdan, "The Big Chill"

1982

Film debut, "Sophie's Choice" starring opposite Meryl Streep

1978

Understudied leading role of MacHeath (played by Raul Julia) in Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera"

1978

Breakthrough stage role, Bruce Granit in "On the Twentieth Century"; won first Tony Award as Featured Actor in a Musical

1976

Appeared in PBS TV production of "The Time of Your Life" with The Acting Company

1976

TV debut as regular on "Search for Tomorrow"

1973

Broadway debut with the Acting Company in "Scapin"

1972

Became founding member of The Acting Company, a theatrical troupe comprised of recent Juilliard graduates including David Ogden Stiers and Patti LuPone

1972

Performed around the US with The Acting Company

1969

New York acting debut in minor roles with the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Henry VI, Parts I and II" and "Richard III"

Starred as the Pirate King in Wilford Leach's staging of "The Pirates of Penzance"; first performed at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park before moving to Broadway

Acting debut, "The Living Newspaper" at Indiana University in the late 1960s

Performed with Indiana University on a showboat on the Ohio River during summer

Bonus Trivia

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Kline was named Man of the Year (1998) by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club

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"In a way Kevin is exactly like Hamlet," says acting coach Harold Guskin, [Kline's] first drama teacher at Indiana University in the late 1960s and still a close friend. "Both as an actor and a person, He always makes the illogical choice. He loves doing exactly what you least expect him to do and making it work. Right from the very beginning, when he quit a good job on [TV soap opera] 'Search for Tomorrow' and didn't have a job for months, he has trusted his instincts. And for good reason." - from "Closet Hamlet" by David Blum, Time, Sep. 22, 1997

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"He's the only guy I know who can go from Jerry Lewis to Shakespeare." - "In & Out" director Frank Oz quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Sep. 14, 1997

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"I've been called absurdly selective or lazy. What was it John Cleese said? I'm the one person who makes Hamlet look decisive. But in fact I don't agonize over things. I don't have more meetings than anyone else or agonize over it more than anyone else." - Kline on his reputation for declining offers of work, The Los Angeles Times, Sep. 14, 1997

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"Musicals were something I never set out to do. It wasn't painful, it wasn't like I really wanted to only do Hamlet, but I wanted to do movies."Only after 10 years, I thought 'Hmmm. I guess this isn't going to happen. Maybe that's passed me by. Now, maybe I'm just going to do stage.' Then 'Sophie's Choice' happened." - Kline quoted in USA Today, Sep. 12, 1997

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"Kline's not just great - No one else can play tragedy and comedy like he can. He's the only successor to Olivier." - Ian Judge, a director with Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to The New York Times, Jan. 26, 1997

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"While my father had opera in his background, my mother was and continues to be, the really dramatic theatrical character in our family. She's way larger than life. I think I learned comedy watching my father react to her because you had to have a sense of humor because, well, she's formidable!" - Kline to Parade, Oct. 16, 1994

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"You hear about the difficulty stage-trained actors have when they get in front of a camera, where your energy is restricted from the neck up. It's taken me a while to realize that scale is a personal thing, and that you can play big. Olivier, O'Toole and Brando are just a few of the actors who have taken big chances. One of the differences I think is that if you take a big chance on screen and fail, the medium is more unforgiving." - Kline to The Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1991

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Kline received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theater from the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger in Washington, DC

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"I like the way it scrambles the whole movie-musical convention. There's something sui generis about it." - Kline on "De-Lovely" to EW, April 21, 2004

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