Actor Profile: Kevin Spacey

As part of my one-two-punch of profiles, I actually get to do Kevin Spacey, who is one of my favorite actors. The first film I saw him in was Iron Will as a kid, and I had no idea who he was, or that his career would end up being so kick ass. This is going to be a tough profile. I’ve seen 23 of his roles.

BEST PERFORMANCE:
I’m gonna stick with American Beauty for this. American Beauty remains one of my favorite films of all time. Though, his work on House Of Cards is really stellar also.

MOST ICONIC PERFORMANCE
He’s probably best known now for being Frank Underwood in House Of Cards, though I’d argue his roles as Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects and as John Doe in Seven are pretty iconic too. As is Lester Burnham in American Beauty.

MOST UNDERRATED PERFORMANCE:
Other than my nostalgic love of Iron Will, he was really good as Prot in K-Pax and Larry in The Big Kahuna.

BEST PERFORMANCE I’VE HEARD WAS GREAT AND HAVEN’T SEEN YET
I’ve seen most of his major recent releases, but I’ve never gone back to watch Swimming With Sharks. I know I should.

WORST PERFORMANCE:
Not that his performance was particularly bad, but I really didn’t enjoy Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil.

TOP 10 KEVIN SPACEY ROLES:
1) Lester Burnham in American Beauty
2) Francis Underwood in House Of Cards
3) Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects
4) John Doe in Seven
5) Bobby Darin in Beyond The Sea
6) Jack Vincennes in LA Confidential
7) John Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross
8) Chris Sabian in The Negotiator
9) Eugene Schmidt in Pay It Forward
10) Prot in K-Pax

ROLES I’VE SEEN:

  1. Working Girl (1988)
  2. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  3. Iron Will (1994)
  4. The Ref (1994)
  5. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  6. Outbreak (1995)
  7. Seven (1995)
  8. LA Confidential (1997)
  9. Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
  10. The Negotiator (1998)
  11. A Bugs Life (1998)
  12. American Beauty (1999)
  13. The Big Kahuna (1999)
  14. Pay it Forward (2000)
  15. K-PAX (2001)
  16. The Shipping News (2001)
  17. The Life Of David Gale (2003)
  18. Beyond The Sea (2004)
  19. Superman Returns (2006)
  20. Fred Claus (2007)
  21. Recount (2008)
  22. Moon (2009)
  23. Margin Call (2011)
  24. Horrible Bosses (2011)
  25. House Of Cards (2013-Present)

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