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->''"I never had a back up plan."''
-->- Kevin Spacey on starting his acting career.

'''Kevin Spacey''' (born 1959) is an acclaimed American actor. Though he claims to be a theater actor at heart and always puts the stage before the screen, he has starred in countless films, such as his role as sadistic boss Buddy Ackerman in ''Film/SwimmingWithSharks'', handicapped small-time criminal Verbal Kint in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' (winning the AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actor), midlife-crisis-sufferer Lester Burnham in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' (winning the AcademyAward for Best Actor), a [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mental patient who may well be an extraterrestrial]] in ''Film/KPax'', the ruthless supervillain SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor in ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (in which he was reunited with ''Usual Suspects'' director Bryan Singer), suave detective Jack Vincennes in ''Film/LAConfidential'', an MIT math professor turned Blackjack hustler in ''Film/TwentyOne'', and legendary American singer-songwriter Bobby Darrin in the biopic ''Beyond The Sea'', a film which he also directed, produced and co-wrote. Since 2013, he is starring in the Netflix original series ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'' as the morally ambiguous congressman Francis Underwood.

In addition to his dramatic and comedic roles, Spacey is well-known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKKDKAKNH-k one of the best impressionists in Hollywood, as demonstrated on]] ''Inside The Actor's Studio'' and his multiple ''SaturdayNightLive'' appearances.