Stephen Spinella

Actor
Stephen Spinella vaulted from obscurity with his frighteningly realistic portrayal of AIDS-ravaged Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's two-part epic "Angels in America. " Born in Naples, Italy, the lanky, light-haired ... Read more »
Born: 10/11/1956 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (40)

Code Black 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Knick 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lennon Report 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Richard Marks (Actor)

The Normal Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

House of Dust 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Asa Vintner Litton (Actor)

Big Love 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Milk 2008 (Movie)

Rick Stokes (Actor)

And Then Came Love 2007 (Movie)

Stuart (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everwood 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

House of D 2005 (Movie)

Ticket Seller (Actor)

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

Robert/Peaches (Actor)

Huff 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

Chicken Man (Actor)

Law & Order 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Donald O'Hara (Actor)

Ravenous 1999 (Movie)

Major Knox (Actor)

David Searching 1998 (Movie)

Hummus Guy (Actor)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

Carter Macleish (Actor)

Out of the Past 1998 (Movie)

of Michael Wigglesworth (Voice)

Love! Valour! Compassion! 1997 (Movie)

Perry Sellars (Actor)

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

Douglas (Actor)

The Unknown Cyclist 1997 (Movie)

Doug Stein (Actor)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

Young Man at Rolls (Actor)

Tarantella 1996 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Virtuosity 1995 (Movie)

Lindenmeyer (Actor)

In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town (TV Show)

Actor

What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stephen Spinella vaulted from obscurity with his frighteningly realistic portrayal of AIDS-ravaged Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's two-part epic "Angels in America. " Born in Naples, Italy, the lanky, light-haired, openly gay actor grew up in Glendale, Arizona, attended the University of Arizona and, later, New York University, where he met the budding playwright Kushner. After seeing him in a university production, Kushner invited Spinella to be in his play, "The Age of Assassins" and began writing parts specifically for the actor.

EDUCATION

Glendale High School

Glendale , Arizona

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

New York , New York

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona 1978

Phoenix College

Phoenix , Arizona
community college

Milestones

2004

Cast as Peaches in the comedy written by Nia Vardalos "Connie and Carla"

2001

Acted in the New York Shakespeare Festival Central Park production of "The Seagull", directed by Mike Nichols

1999

NYC musical theater debut in a supporting role in "James Joyce's The Dead"

1999

Portrayed a medic with a drinking problem in "Ravenous"

1999

Appeared in Tim Robbins' period drama "Cradle Will Rock"

1998

Supported Claire Bloom and Zoe Wanamaker in "Electra" (performed at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey and later on Broadway)

1998

Had supporting role in the feature "The Unknown Cyclist"

1997

Recreated role of Perry for film version of "Love! Valour! Compassion!

1997

Had a small role in "The Jackal", starring Bruce Willis

1997

Appeared in the revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" when it played at the Roundabout Theatre

1997

Played Thomas in David Rabe's "A Question of Mercy" at the New York Theatre Workshop

1995

Played Perry Sellars in Off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally's "Love! Valour! Compassion!"

1995

Screen debut as the villainous Lindenmayer in Brett Leonard's sci-fi movie "Virtuosity"

1995

Had a small role as Frank, a gay real estate agent, in "Tarantella" with Mira Sorvino

1993

Reprised role of Prior in "Angels in America: Perestroika", the second part of Kushner's epic

1993

Broadway debut as Prior in "Angels in America: Millenium Approaches"

1993

Portrayed Brandy Alexander in the HBO TV-movie "And the Band Played On"

1992

Played Prior in seven-hour marathon of "Angels" at Taper

1990

Appeared as Prior in first workshop production of "Angels" at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum

1989

Originated role of Prior Walter in 1989 readings of "Angels in America" at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre

1978

Moved from Arizona to New York to attend NYU, where he met "Angels of America" playwright Tony Kushner

Bonus Trivia

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Spinella holds the distinction of being the only actor to win two Tony Awards for playing the same character in two different plays.

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