“I like surprising myself. If I can bring something fresh without necessarily doing the same schtick, I’m happy about that.”
A 1970 graduate of Indiana University, Kevin Kline began his career on stage in 1972. He won a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award for the 1978 production of On the Twentieth Century and Best Actor in a Musical Tony for the 1981 revival of The Pirates of Penzance.
He made his film debut opposite Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice. For his role in the comedy A Fish Called Wanda, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
During three decades with The Public Theater, Kline played numerous Shakespearean characters, including Hamlet, Richard III, and King Lear. His other films include The Big Chill, Dave, and De-Lovely.