He acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "The Iceman Cometh," in an Almeida Theatre Company production at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with Mark Strong, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nigel Cooke, Duncan Bell, James Hazeldine, Clarke Peters, Rupert Graves, Patrick Godfrey, Nicholas Day, Ian Bartholomew, John Rogan, Roger Sloman, Lisa ...
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[on winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in American Beauty
(1999))] This has definitely been the highlight of my day.
Dedicated the Oscar that he won for Best Actor in American Beauty
(1999) to Jack Lemmon
. Spacey has said in interviews that he based his performance of Lester Burnham on Lemmon's C.C. Baxter in The Apartment
(1960). Appropriately, there is also a family connection between those films: Lemmon's love interest was Shirley MacLaine
, whose sister-in-law, Annette Bening
played Spacey's wife.
Often plays cold-blooded and sadistic characters