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Kevin Kline

Highest Rated:   94% Dave (1993)
Lowest Rated:   17% Wild Wild West (1999)
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Birthplace:   St. Louis, Missouri, USA
One of the most versatile and respected actors of his generation, Kevin Kline has made a name for himself on the stage and screen. Equally comfortable in comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of those rare actors whose onscreen characterizations are not overshadowed by his offscreen personality; remarkably free of ego, he has impressed both critics and audiences as a performer in the purest sense of the word.A product of the American Midwest, Kline was born in Saint Louis, MO, on October 24, 1947. He became active in theater while growing up in the Saint Louis suburbs, performing in a number of school productions. He continued to act while a student at Indiana University at Bloomington, and following graduation, moved to New York, where he was accepted at the Juilliard School. In 1972, Kline added professional experience to his formal training when he joined New York's Acting Company, led at the time by John Houseman. He toured the country with the company, performing Shakespeare and winning particular acclaim for his portrayals of Romeo and Hamlet. This praise translated to the New York stage a few years later, when Kline won Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his role in the 1978 Broadway production of On the Twentieth Century. Three years later, he earned these same honors for his work in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance (he later reprised his role for the musical's 1983 film adaptation). After a stint on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, Kline made his film debut in Alan Pakula's 1982 Sophie's Choice. It was an inarguably auspicious beginning: aside from the wide acclaim lavished on the film, Kline earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Nathan Landau. The following year, he again struck gold, starring in The Big Chill, Lawrence Kasdan's seminal exploration of baby-boomer anxiety. Two years later, Kline and Kasdan enjoyed another successful collaboration with Silverado, an homage to the Westerns of the 1950s and '60s. After turning in a strong performance as a South African newspaper editor in Cry Freedom, Richard Attenborough's powerful 1987 apartheid drama, Kline won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his relentlessly hilarious portrayal of dimwitted petty thief Otto West in A Fish Called Wanda (1988). The award gave him international recognition and established him as an actor as adept at comedy as he was at drama, something Kline again proved in Soapdish; the 1991 comedy was a major disappointment, but Kline nonetheless managed to turn in another excellent performance, earning a Golden Globe nomination.The '90s saw Kline -- now a married man, having wed actress Phoebe Cates in 1989 -- continue to tackle a range of diverse roles. In 1992, he could be seen playing Douglas Fairbanks in Chaplin, while the next year he gave a winning portrayal of two men -- one, the U.S. President, the other, his reluctant stand-in -- in Dave, earning another Golden Globe nomination. Kline then appeared in one of his most high-profile roles to date, starring as a sexually conflicted schoolteacher in Frank Oz's 1997 comedy In & Out. His portrayal earned him another Golden Globe nomination, as well as a number of other accolades (including an MTV Award nomination for Best Kiss with Tom Selleck). Further praise followed for Kline the next year, when he turned in a stellar dramatic performance as an adulterous family man in 1973 Connecticut in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. He then turned back to Shakespeare, portraying Bottom in the star-studded 1999 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. His work in that film was so well received that it helped to overshadow his involvement in Wild Wild West, one of the most critically lambasted and financially disappointing films of the year.2001 found Kline returning to straight drama in the introspective Life as a House. The actor continued in this niche the following year, starring as an unorthodox prep school teacher in The Emperor's Club. After playing songwriter Cole Porter in

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
63% Dean
  • Robert
$0.3M 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast
  • Maurice
$503.7M 2017
65% Ricki And The Flash
  • Pete Brummel
2015
No Score Yet Frank or Francis
  • Actor
2015
59% My Old Lady
  • Mathias Gold
2014
30% The Last Of Robin Hood
  • Errol Flynn
2014
46% Last Vegas
  • Sam
$51.5M 2013
90% Lincoln
  • Wounded Soldier
$129.5M 2012
22% Darling Companion
  • Joseph
$0.8M 2012
No Score Yet Joe Papp In Five Acts
  • Actor
2012
55% The Conspirator
  • Edwin Stanton
$11.6M 2011
70% Joueuse (Queen to Play)
  • Kröger
$0.5M 2011
49% No Strings Attached
  • Alvin
$70.3M 2011
No Score Yet The Olmsted Legacy
  • Frederick Law Olmsted
2011
42% The Extra Man
  • Henry Holmes
$0.5M 2010
No Score Yet Cyrano De Bergerac
  • Actor
2009
56% The Tale of Despereaux
  • Andre
$50.9M 2008
71% Theater of War
  • Actor
2008
71% Definitely, Maybe
  • Hampton Roth
$32M 2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back
  • Narrator
2008
29% Trade
  • Ray Sheridan
$0.2M 2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
36% As You Like It
  • Jaques
2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Guy Noir
2006
No Score Yet The Gateway Arch: A Reflection of America
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Actor
$26.2k 2005
48% De-Lovely
  • Cole Porter
$13.2M 2004
No Score Yet Mary Engelbreit: The Night Before Christmas
  • Narrator
2004
50% The Emperor's Club
  • William Hundert
$14M 2002
46% Orange County
  • Marcus Skinner (uncredited)
$41.1M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
30% The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
  • Phoebus
2001
47% Life as a House
  • George
$15.5M 2001
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Cal Gold
$3M 2001
48% The Road to El Dorado
  • Tulio
2000
17% Wild Wild West
  • Artemus Gordon/President Grant
1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Nick Bottom
1999
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West
  • Actor
1999
84% The Ice Storm
  • Ben Hood
1997
72% In & Out
  • Howard Brackett
1997
53% Fierce Creatures
  • Vince McCain/Rod McCain
1997
81% Looking for Richard
  • Himself
1996
73% The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Phoebus
1996
45% French Kiss
  • Luc Teyssier
1995
60% Princess Caraboo
  • Frixos
1994
57% The Nutcracker
  • Narrator
1993
94% Dave
  • Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell
1993
57% Chaplin
  • Douglas Fairbanks
1992
27% Consenting Adults
  • Richard Parker
1992
81% Grand Canyon
  • Mack
1991
No Score Yet Merlin and the Dragons
  • Narrator
1991
69% Soapdish
  • Jeffrey Anderson/Dr. Rod Randall
1991
56% I Love You to Death
  • Joey Boca
1990
No Score Yet Life of Python
  • Actor
1990
21% The January Man
  • Nick Starkey
1989
93% A Fish Called Wanda
  • Otto
1988
81% Cry Freedom
  • Donald Woods
1987
50% Violets Are Blue...
  • Henry Squires
1986
76% Silverado
  • Paden
$33.2M 1985
68% The Big Chill
  • Harold
1983
80% The Pirates of Penzance
  • The Pirate King
1983
79% Sophie's Choice
  • Nathan Landau
1982
No Score Yet The Big Fix
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life
  • Actor
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
89% Bob's Burgers
2011
  • Voice
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
42% Maya & Marty
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 2009
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Narrator
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1993
  • 1988

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