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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 June 1941Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Date of Death 10 January 2004New York City, New York, USA  (suicide)
Birth NameSpalding Rockwell Gray
Nickname Spud or Spuddy

Mini Bio (1)

Spalding Gray was born on June 5, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Spalding Rockwell Gray. He was an actor and writer, known for The Killing Fields (1984), Kate & Leopold (2001) and Beaches (1988). He was married to Kathleen Russo and Renée Shafransky. He died on January 10, 2004 in New York City, New York, USA.

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Kathleen Russo (1994 - 10 January 2004) (his death) (2 children)
Renée Shafransky (1991 - 1993) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

New England accent

Trivia (16)

Best known for his monologue films Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Monster in a Box (1992), and Gray's Anatomy (1996), in which the sole action in the film is Gray sitting at a microphone telling his stories.
All of Spalding Gray's monologues were initially performed in The Performing Garage in Soho in New York City and/or Lincoln Center in New York City before being set to film.
Graduated from Emerson College.
The directors of the filmed versions of Gray's monologues Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure (1988), Monster in a Box (1992) and Gray's Anatomy (1996) , are all considered to be of the first rank: respectively Jonathan Demme, Thomas Schlamme (multi Emmy-winning producer and director of The West Wing (1999)), Nick Broomfield (renowned British documentary maker) and Steven Soderbergh.
Was reported missing on Sunday, January 10, 2004. His body was found in the East River (New York City) on March 7, 2004.
Suffered severe injuries in a 2001 automobile accident in Ireland. At the time of his disappearance in January 2004, it was reported that Gray had been working on a new monologue based upon his experience and recovery after the accident. According to some published reports, Gray suffered from depression which intensified after the accident.
His mother committed suicide in 1967; Gray sometimes referred in his monologues to a desire to do the same.
Was claustrophobic.
Said that only his children could make him laugh
Had two sons with Kathleen Russo: Forrest and Theo.
His depression worsened when his family moved from the house he loved in Sag Harbor to one he hated in New Haven.
Biography/bibliography in "Contemporary Authors," New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 184-190. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Biography in "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives," Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 215-218. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
(November 1999 - January 2000) New monologue at Lincoln Center, "Morning, Noon and Night"
After being reported missing on January 10th, the police pulled his body from the East River at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 07, 2004. The body was found off the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, near Kent Avenue. [March 2004]
Reported missing after after disappearing from his Manhattan home. [January 2004]

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