->''"I never had a back-up plan."''
-->-- '''Kevin Spacey''' on starting his acting career, which is now true

Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.

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 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actor), midlife-crisis-sufferer Lester Burnham in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' (winning the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actor), a [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mental patient who may well be an extraterrestrial]] in ''Film/KPax'', the ruthless supervillain ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (in which he was reunited with ''Usual Suspects'' director Creator/BryanSinger), suave detective Jack Vincennes in ''Film/LAConfidential'', an MIT math professor turned Blackjack hustler in ''Film/TwentyOne'', and legendary American singer-songwriter Music/BobbyDarin in the biopic ''Beyond the Sea'', a film which he also directed, produced and co-wrote. From 2013 to 2017, he starred in the Netflix original series ''Series/{{House of Cards|US}}'' as the morally ambiguous congressman Francis Underwood (he was also one of the show's executive producers).

In addition to his dramatic and comedic roles, Spacey is well-known as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kWHMH2kxXs one of the best impressionists in Hollywood, as demonstrated on]] ''Series/InsideTheActorsStudio'' and his multiple ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearances.

In October 2017 actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of having made sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey responded on his Twitter feed that he had no memory of the encounter, but offered his "sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior". In the same tweet Spacey publicly came out as gay, which caused outrage in the LGBTQ community, who accused Spacey of distracting people from the allegations by coming out (especially given that [[AllGaysArePedophiles accusations of sexual desire]] for under-age boys have basically been the homophobic version of the Blood Libel for decades). Shortly thereafter, Creator/RichardDreyfuss' son Harry accused him of assaulting him in 2008, and several other individuals came out with the similar accusations. Outside the film industry, the Old Vic Theatre in London, where Spacey had been Artistic Director from 2004 to 2015, announced that twenty different people had made accusations of sexual harassment or assault against him, with fourteen allegations relating to behaviour that would constitute criminal offenses. As a result, Spacey [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor was fired]] from ''House of Cards'' and [[TheOtherMarty removed]] from the already completed film ''Film/AllTheMoneyInTheWorld''.


* ''Film/WorkingGirl'' (1988) -- Bob Speck
* ''Film/SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil'' (1989) -- Kirgo
* ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' (1992) -- John Williamson
* ''Film/TheRef'' (1994) -- Lloyd Chasseur
* ''Film/SwimmingWithSharks'' (1994) -- Buddy Ackerman
* ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'' (1995) -- Casey Schuler
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' (1995) -- John Doe
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' (1995) -- Verbal Kint [[spoiler: aka, Keyser Söze]]
* ''Film/ATimeToKill'' (1996) -- D.A. Rufus Buckley
* ''Film/LAConfidential'' (1997) -- Jack Vincennes
* ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'' (1997) -- Jim Williams
* ''Film/TheNegotiator'' (1998) -- Chris Sabian
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' (1998) -- Hopper (voice)
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' (1999) -- Lester Burnham
* ''Film/PayItForward'' (2000) -- Eugene Simonet
* ''Film/KPax'' (2001) -- Prot
* ''Literature/TheShippingNews'' (2001) -- Quoyle
* ''Film/AustinPowers in Goldmember'' (2002) -- [[AsHimself Kevin Spacey]] as [[TheOtherDarrin Dr. Evil]] in ''Austinpussy''
* ''Film/TheLifeOfDavidGale'' (2003) -- David Gale
* ''Film/BeyondTheSea'' (2004) -- Music/BobbyDarin (also director)
* ''Film/{{Edison}}'' (2005) -- Detective Levon Wallace
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (2006) -- Lex Luthor
* ''Film/FredClaus'' (2007) -- Clyde
* ''Film/TwentyOne'' (2008) -- Mickey Rosa
* ''Film/{{Moon}}'' (2009) -- GERTY (voice)
* ''Film/TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'' (2009) -- Larry Hooper
* ''Film/HorribleBosses'' (2011) and sequel (2014) -- Dave Harken
* ''Film/MarginCall'' (2011) -- Sam Rogers
* ''Film/ElvisAndNixon'' (2015) -- UsefulNotes/RichardNixon
* ''Film/NineLives2016'' -- Tom Brand
* ''Film/BabyDriver'' (2017) -- Doc

* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'' (19871990) -- Mel Profitt
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' (20132017) -- Francis "Frank" Underwood

!!!Video Games
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'' (2014) -- Jonathan Irons
!! He provides examples of the following tropes:
* PresidentEvil: As Frank Underwood.