Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella

  • Highest Rated: 100% Our Town (2003)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Faithful (1996)
  • Birthday: Oct 11, 1956
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Actor Stephen Spinella grew up in sunny Glendale, AZ, and fell in love with theater by witnessing a performance in a high school play. In an effort to realize his life's calling, the blossoming thespian moved to Manhattan in 1979 and sustained himself for years with a lengthy series of odd jobs while tackling theatrical roles in off-Broadway and regional productions. Spinella finally broke through to widespread acclaim in the early '90s, via a shattering performance as the AIDS-stricken Prior Walter in a two-play series by Tony Kushner: Angels in America Part I: The Milennium Approaches, and Angels in America Part II: Perestroika. For the dazzling evocation, Spinella won two consecutive Tony Awards for Best Actor: one in 1993 and another in 1994. That, in turn, opened the floodgates to a lengthy series of film roles, with the openly homosexual Spinella frequently gravitating (though not always) to gay-themed material onscreen. Contributions in this arena included a substantial role in HBO's groundbreaking miniseries And the Band Played On (1993); the seriocomedy Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997), adapted for the big screen from Terrence McNally's popular play; and Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic Milk (2008) as attorney Rick Stokes. Additional features to showcase Spinella's talents include Virtuosity (1995), Great Expectations (1998), and House of D; he is best known to many, however, as Miles on the fifth season of the small-screen thriller 24.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

85% Bad Education Actor 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? Actor 2018
No Score Yet Poderia Me Perdoar? Paul 2018
57% The Lennon Report Dr. Richard Marks 2016
No Score Yet House of Dust Actor 2014
94% The Normal Heart Sanford 2014
89% Lincoln Asa Vintner Litton $129.5M 2012
69% Rubber Lt. Chad $0.2M 2011
93% Milk Rick Stokes $31.8M 2008
17% And Then Came Love Stuart 2007
10% House of D Ticket Seller $0.4M 2004
44% Connie and Carla Robert/Peaches $8M 2004
100% Our Town Simon Stimson 2003
30% Bubble Boy Chicken Man 2001
64% Cradle Will Rock Donald O'Hara 1999
45% Ravenous Knox 1999
No Score Yet The Unknown Cyclist Doug Stein 1998
No Score Yet Out of the Past Voice of Michael Wigglesworth 1998
37% Great Expectations Carter Macleish 1998
No Score Yet Tarantella Actor 1998
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard Percy 1997
23% The Jackal Douglas 1997
67% Love! Valour! Compassion! Perry Sellars 1997
No Score Yet David Searching Hummus Guy 1997
7% Faithful Young Man at Rolls 1996
No Score Yet Tarantella Frank 1995
32% Virtuosity Lindenmeyer 1995
100% And the Band Played On Brandy Alexander 1993

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% The Blacklist
2013
  • 2019
95% Elementary
2012
Merrick Hausmann
  • 2018
No Score Yet Code Black
2015-2018
Ted
  • 2016
  • 2015
92% Royal Pains
2009-2016
Russel Berger
  • 2016
  • 2013
33% Made in Jersey
2012
Judge Ronald Winston
  • 2012
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Hans Stollbach
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Marc Odenthal
  • 2010
  • 2009
86% 24
2001-2014
Miles Miles Papazian
  • 2010
  • 2006
79% Big Love
2006-2011
  • 2009
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Dr. Heller
  • 2008
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Malar Pascowitz
  • 2006
55% Heroes
2006-2010
Oliver Dennison
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Bret
  • 2005
89% Alias
2001-2006
Mr. Kishell Harkin
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Andy Polone
  • 2000
22% Sirens
1993-1994
Kenneth
  • 1993

QUOTES FROM Stephen Spinella CHARACTERS

Lieutenant Chad
Lieutenant Chad: In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone's JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper, why don't we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason. Worse, in The Pianist by Polanski, how come this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is, no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason. And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can't we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages? No fucking reason.
Lieutenant Chad
All great films, without exception, contain an important element of ‘no reason'
Lieutenant Chad
All great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason.
Lieutenant Chad
Because life itself filled with 'no reason'
Lieutenant Chad
Because life, itself, is filled with no reason.
Lieutenant Chad
No Reason
Lieutenant Chad
No reason.
Lieutenant Chad
My God, the kid was right. The killer is the tire.