Spalding Gray

Spalding Gray

Highest Rated: 100% Swimming To Cambodia (1987)

Lowest Rated: 18% Diabolique (1996)

Birthday: Jun 5, 1941

Birthplace: Not Available

New England native Spalding Gray was raised in Rhode Island and schooled in Massachusetts. As a writer and actor inclined to serious spells of depression, he humorously integrated his anxieties and experiences into stage performances. He was often seated at a desk with only a microphone, notebook, and a glass of water. Within this minimalist aesthetic, Gray's monologues were simultaneously funny, touching, and scary. His wholly authentic style was influenced by Allen Ginsberg, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and the American autobiographical movement. After studying at Emerson College, Gray attended a workshop at the Open Theater in 1969. Though he appeared in a string of sleazy, forgettable films during the '70s, he mostly worked in experimental theater. In 1977, he co-founded the Wooster Theater Group in New York City. Two years later, he performed his first monologue: Sex and Death at the Age of 14.Gray traveled to Thailand to play a bit part in Roland Joffé's war drama The Killing Fields, and that experience grew into Swimming to Cambodia, an Obie award-winning one-man stage performance and a 1987 feature film directed by Jonathan Demme. Gray also earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations for the film and finally found a lucrative way to merge his talents for both writing and acting. After a brief appearance in David Byrne's True Stories, he showed up in random feature films over the next decade. Often playing a doctor, priest, professor, or other man of influence, he appeared in everything from mainstream romantic comedies (Straight Talk) to weepy melodramas (Beaches) to dramatic thrillers (Diabolique). Gray returned to theater in the late '80s to play the Stage Manager in a Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. He also started writing a novel, Impossible Vacation, an experience that grew into Monster in a Box, a one-man stage performance and feature film directed by Nick Broomfield.During the '90s, Gray traveled to Malaysia to film John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon. He also showed up the independent films Drunks and Twenty Bucks. In 1993, he played a man who commits suicide in Steven Soderbergh's childhood drama King of the Hill. His memoir, Gray's Anatomy, was published by Random House a year later. That experience was made into a one-man stage performance and 1996 film directed by Soderbergh as the first original feature from the Independent Film Channel. During this time, Gray settled into home life with his wife and three children, and his experience as a stay-at-home dad grew into the monologue Morning, Noon and Night, which he performed at Lincoln Center in 1999. For his 60th birthday in 2001, he and his wife took a trip to Ireland that, unfortunately, ended with a car accident in which they were seriously injured. As his depression worsened, Gray wrote the monologue Black Spot about the experience. Following several suicide attempts, Spalding Gray was reported missing January 11, 2004. His body was found in the East River near Brooklyn March 7, 2004.


Highest Rated Movies



91% And Everything Is Going Fine Actor $21.6K 2010
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 2007
50% Kate & Leopold Dr. Geisler $47.1M 2001
26% How High Professor Jackson $31.2M 2001
76% Revolution #9 Scooter McCrae 2001
No Score Yet Julie Johnson Mr. Miranda 2001
29% Coming Soon Mr. Jennings 1999
46% Bliss Alfred 1997
55% Gray's Anatomy Screenwriter Actor 1997
No Score Yet Glory Daze Jack's Dad 1996
18% Diabolique Simon Veatch 1996
No Score Yet Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud Actor 1996
39% Beyond Rangoon Jeremy Watt 1995
57% Drunks Louis 1995
27% Bad Company Walter Curl 1995
71% When a Man Loves a Woman Actor 1994
88% The Paper Paul Bladden 1994
94% King of the Hill Mungo 1993
20% The Pickle Doctor 1993
75% Twenty Bucks Priest 1993
93% Monster in a Box Screenwriter 1992
36% Straight Talk Dr. Erdman 1992
No Score Yet The Image Frank Goodrich 1990
No Score Yet Heavy Petting Actor 1989
39% Beaches Doctor Richard Milstein 1988
38% Clara's Heart Dr. Peter Epstein 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Rev. Cardew 1988
No Score Yet Spalding Gray - Terrors of Pleasure Screenwriter Actor 1988
100% Swimming To Cambodia Screenwriter Himself 1987
76% True Stories Earl Culver 1986
No Score Yet Hard Choices Terry Norfolk 1986
No Score Yet Almost You Travel Agent 1985
93% The Killing Fields U.S. Consul 1984
No Score Yet Variety Actor 1983
No Score Yet Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks The Sheik 1976
No Score Yet Cowards Radical 1970


17% The Mike O'Malley Show
Prof. Beaumont 1999


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