Kevin Kline

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Fix (1978)
Lowest Rated: 17% Wild Wild West (1999)
Birthday: Oct 24, 1947
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
61% Dean Robert $0.3M 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast Maurice $504M 2017
64% Ricki And The Flash Pete Brummel 2015
No Score Yet Frank or Francis Actor 2015
61% My Old Lady Mathias Gold 2014
29% The Last Of Robin Hood Errol Flynn 2014
45% Last Vegas Sam $51.5M 2013
89% 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
71% Joueuse (Queen to Play) Kröger $0.5M 2011
49% No Strings Attached Alvin $70.4M 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
57% The Tale of Despereaux Andre $50.9M 2008
72% Theater of War Actor 2008
71% Definitely, Maybe Hampton Roth $32.1M 2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood Actor 2008
No Score Yet New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back Narrator 2008
31% Trade Ray Sheridan $0.2M 2007
36% As You Like It Jaques 2006
82% 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
61% 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
71% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Phoebus 1996
50% French Kiss Luc Teyssier 1995
63% Princess Caraboo Frixos 1994
50% The Nutcracker Narrator 1993
95% Dave Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell 1993
60% Chaplin Douglas Fairbanks 1992
25% Consenting Adults Richard Parker 1992
76% Grand Canyon Mack 1991
No Score Yet Merlin and the Dragons Narrator 1991
69% Soapdish Jeffrey Anderson/Dr. Rod Randall 1991
59% I Love You to Death Joey Boca 1990
No Score Yet Life of Python Actor 1990
20% The January Man Nick Starkey 1989
93% A Fish Called Wanda Otto 1988
83% Cry Freedom Donald Woods 1987
50% Violets Are Blue... Henry Squires 1986
75% Silverado Paden $33.3M 1985
66% The Big Chill Harold 1983
81% The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King 1983
77% Sophie's Choice Nathan Landau 1982
100% The Big Fix Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life Actor 1976

TV

CREDIT
90% Bob's Burgers
2011
Voice Mr. Fischoeder
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer Garry Essendine Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 2017
  • 2009
38% 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
2011-2018
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 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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