Spalding Gray

Actor, Playwright, Performance artist
Anxiety-ridden New Englander known for his autobiographical monologues and his association with the NYC experimental theater company, The Wooster Group, which he co-founded in 1977. His experience as a bit player in ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1941 in Barrington, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Revolution #9 2002 (Movie)

Scooter McCrae (Actor)

The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

"The Best Man" Performer (Actor)

How High 2001 (Movie)

Professor Jackson (Actor)

Kate & Leopold 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Geisler (Actor)

Only a Teacher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Soon 2000 (Movie)

Mr Jennings (Actor)

The Mike O'Malley Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Prime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bliss 1997 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gray's Anatomy 1997 (Movie)

Performer (Actor)

The Telephone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

Simon Veatch (Actor)

Glory Daze 1996 (Movie)

Jack's Dad (Actor)

Bad Company 1995 (Movie)

Walter Curl (Actor)

Beyond Rangoon 1995 (Movie)

Jeremy Watt (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Paul Bladden--Sentinel Editor (Actor)

King of the Hill 1993 (Movie)

Mr Mungo (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Twenty Bucks 1993 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Monster in a Box 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Dr Erdman (Actor)

Caffe Lena 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Image 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

Dr Richard Milstein (Actor)

Bedtime Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Clara's Heart 1988 (Movie)

Peter Epstein (Actor)

Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Reverend Cardew (Actor)

Swimming to Cambodia 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Choices 1986 (Movie)

Terry Norfolk (Actor)

Seven Minutes in Heaven 1986 (Movie)

Doctor Rodney (Actor)

The American Dream 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

Earl Culver (Actor)

Variety 1985 (Movie)

of Obscene Phone Caller (Voice)

Almost You 1984 (Movie)

Travel Agent (Actor)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

US Consul (Actor)

Julie Johnson (TV Show)

Actor

To Save a Child (TV Show)

Actor

Zelda (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Gray's Anatomy 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Monster in a Box 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swimming to Cambodia 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (2)

Monster in a Box 1992 (Movie)

from performance("Monster in a Box") (Other)

Swimming to Cambodia 1987 (Movie)

from performance("Swimming to Cambodia") (Other)

Biography

Anxiety-ridden New Englander known for his autobiographical monologues and his association with the NYC experimental theater company, The Wooster Group, which he co-founded in 1977. His experience as a bit player in "The Killing Fields" (1984) was translated into an OBIE-award winning one-person show and then into the film "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), directed by Jonathan Demme.

Relationships

Rockwell Gray

Father

Mother
committed suicide in Rhode Island in 1967 at age 52 while Gray was traveling in Mexico her suicide is the subject of several of Gray's monologues

Forrest Gray

Son
born c. 1992 mother, Kathie Russo

Theo Gray

Son
born in January 1997 mother, Kathie Russo

Channing Gray

Brother
music critic for the Providence Journal

Rockwell Gray

Brother
teacher of comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis

Elizabeth LeCompte

Companion
founded the Wooster Group together in 1977 later became involved with Willem Dafoe

Kathie Russo

Wife
has an daughter from a previous relationship

Marissa Russo

Step-Daughter
born c. 1986

Renee Shafransky

Wife
directed Gray's performance piece, "Monster in a Box" at Lincoln Center (1990) together from c. 1979 married c. 1991 divorced

EDUCATION

repeated 7th and 9th grades due to undiagnosed dyslexia; graduated high school at age 20

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts
attended

Milestones

2002

Co-starred as Scooter McCrae in the thriller feature "Revolution #9"

2001

Cast in the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold"

2001

Portrayed Prof Jackson in the comedy feature "How High"

1999

Cast in the indy feature "Coming Soon"

1998

Performed solo show "Morning, Noon and Night" in San Francisco

1992

Published first novel, "Impossible Vacation"

1986

TV debut in "The American Dream", a documentary interview and panel discussion show

1986

Artist-in-residence, Mark Taper Forum

1984

Feature acting debut, "The Killing Fields"

1983

Film debut (voice only), "Variety"

1977

Appeared in the adult films, "The Farmer's Daughter" and "Candy Lips"

1977

Co-founded Wooster Group (with Elizabeth LeCompte)

1977

Performed first autobiographical "direct address" monologue, "Three Places in Rhode Island"

1968

Joined Richard Schechner's Performance Group, New York

1965

Began career as actor at Alley Theater, Houston

Born and raised in Rhode Island

TV acting debut in a episode of "Bedtime Stories"

Off-Broadway debut in "Tom Paine" at LaMama Company in the late 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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Gray has received playwriting fellowships from the National Endowment For the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Gray has taught at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing for six years; he has also taught storytelling at Columbia University and has given workshops in autobiographical theater techniques.

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In June 2001, Gray suffered a broken hip and fractured skull in an automobile accident in County West Meath, Ireland.

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January 10, 2004, walked out of his Manhattan apartment and disappeared; March 8, 2004, Grey's body was pulled from the East River

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Gray checked into a Manhattan hospital on October 2, 2002 for depression. His representative added that Gray has been depressed since suffering a severe head trauma in a car accident last year in Ireland.

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