Kevin Kline has seamlessly transitioned between the worlds of theatre and film and has earned equal distinction in both. Kline is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award and two Tony awards.
In his three-decade long history with The Public Theater, Kline has played numerous Shakespearean roles: 'King Lear' in "King Lear," 'Richard' in "Richard III," 'Henry' in "Henry V," 'Duke Vincentio' in "Measure for Measure," 'Benedick' in "Much Ado About Nothing," and the title role in two productions of "Hamlet." For the first production of "Hamlet" he won the Obie Award for Sustained Achievement in Theatre and for the second production, which he also directed, he received five Drama Desk nominations, including best director and actor nominations. Later, he co-directed a televised version of the production for the PBS Great Performances Series.
A Juilliard graduate, Kline made his Broadway debut playing 'Vershinin' in Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" for John Houseman's The Acting Company, of which he is a founding member. His other Broadway credits include Hal Prince's "On the Twentieth Century," for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and "The Pirates of Penzance," which had a successful run at The Public Theater before transferring to Broadway and for which he again won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, as well as the Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement by an actor.
Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway performance in Shaw's "Arms and the Man" directed by John Malkovich, and starred in Gerry Gutierrez's production of Chekhov's "Ivanov" at Lincoln Center. He won a Drama Desk award for his performance as Falstaff in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Shakespeare's "Henry IV." At The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, Kline has also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in "The Seagull" and in "Mother Courage in Her Children." Most recently, Kline was seen on Broadway in the critically acclaimed "Cyrano de Bergerac," for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award. Additionally, this is Kline's second staged production to air on PBS' Great Performances Series.
In addition to his 1988 Academy Award for his work in the comedy A FISH CALLED WANDA and a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for HBO's "As You Like It," Kline is a five time Golden Globe nominee for his roles in SOPHIE'S CHOICE, DAVE, IN & OUT, SOAPDISH, and DE-LOVELY and earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his performance in LIFE AS A HOUSE.
Other film credits include THE BIG CHILL, SILVERADO, I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, GRAND CANYON, FRENCH KISS, CRY FREEDOM, THE ICE STORM, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, THE EMPEROR'S CLUB, and A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION.
Kline recently wrapped production on the comedy THE EXTRA MAN, co-starring Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly. Most recently, he can be seen in Caroline Bottaro's French language film, QUEEN TO PLAY, with Sandrine Bonnaire and Francis Renaud. The film made it's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th, 2009.
Kevin Kline is the first American actor to receive the Sir John Gielgud Golden Quill Award and was recently honored with the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, Kline was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.