October 24, 1947 (75)
Kevin Kline is a celebrated American actor whose distinguished career has touched both stage and screen, best known for his breakout role in the 1982 film ‘Sophie’s Choice.’
Kevin Kline’s journey in acting was nothing short of remarkable, distinguished by a variety of unforgettable roles across diverse genres. His breakout role in ‘Sophie’s Choice’ led to more prominent roles in feature films such as ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ and ‘In & Out’, both of which earned him considerable praise. The allure of the stage remained a constant in his career, evidenced by performances in productions like ‘On the Twentieth Century’ and ‘The Pirates of Penzance.’ Additionally, Kline’s dynamic voice was featured in animated films, perhaps most memorably in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ where he lent his voice to the noble Captain Phoebus.
Kline’s ability to form compelling partnerships with fellow artists brought about many memorable on-screen moments. In ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ he partnered with John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis to create a comedy classic. His on-screen chemistry with Meryl Streep in ‘Sophie’s Choice’ was profound and poignant, just as it was with Glenn Close in ‘The Big Chill.’ His collaborations with director Lawrence Kasdan, particularly on ‘Grand Canyon,’ ‘French Kiss,’ and ‘Darling Companion,’ cemented his place in cinematic history. Kline also worked with fellow theater aficionados like Kenneth Branagh in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Maggie Smith in ‘My Old Lady.’ His voice-over work in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ saw him collaborate with other famous voices including Demi Moore and Jason Alexander.
Throughout his career, Kline received a myriad of prestigious awards that highlighted his contributions to both film and theater. His performance in ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. On Broadway, he’s been honored with three Tony Awards, one for ‘On the Twentieth Century,’ another for ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ and the third for ‘Present Laughter.’