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Kevin Spacey, CBE (born Kevin Spacey Fowler; July 26, 1959) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s, culminating in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects (1995), followed by an Academy Award for Best Actor for American Beauty (1999).
During a career which has earned Spacey several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, his other starring roles include Se7en (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), Pay It Forward (2000), K-PAX (2001), Superman Returns (2006) and Baby Driver (2017). He was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 to 2014. He starred as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards from 2013 to 2017.
In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14. In the wake of Rapp's accusation, numerous other men alleged that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them. As a result, Netflix indefinitely suspended production of House of Cards, and opted to not release his film Gore on their service, about the writer Gore Vidal. Spacey was also replaced by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott's film All the Money in the World.
Spacey came out as gay in his apology to Anthony Rapp, but his apology was criticized as an attempt to change the subject.