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Jack Levine American artist died he was , 95,

 Jack Levine was an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives.

(January 3, 1915 – November 8, 2010) 

Biography

Born of Lithuanian Jewish parents, Levine grew up in the South End of Boston, where he observed a street life composed of European immigrants and a prevalence of poverty and societal ills, subjects which would inform his work.[1] He first studied drawing with Harold K. Zimmerman from 1924-1931. At Harvard University from 1929 to 1933, Levine and classmate Hyman Bloom studied with Denman Ross. As an adolescent, Levine was already, by his own account, “a formidable draftsman”.[2]

In 1932 Ross included Levine’s drawings in an exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and three years later bequeathed twenty drawings by Levine to the museum’s collection.[3] Levine’s early work was most influenced by Bloom, Chaim Soutine, Georges Rouault, and Oskar Kokoschka.[4] Along with Bloom and Karl Zerbe, he became associated with the style known as Boston Expressionism.[5]
From 1935 to 1940 he was employed by the Works Progress Administration. His first exhibition of paintings in New York City was at the Museum of Modern Art, with the display of Card Game and Brain Trust, the latter drawn from his observation of life in the Boston Common.[4] In 1937 his The Feast of Pure Reason, a satire of Boston political power, was placed on loan to the Museum of Modern Art. In the same year String Quartet was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and purchased in 1942 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[3] The death of his father in 1939 prompted a series of paintings of Jewish sages.[6]

From 1942 to 1945 Levine served in the Army. Upon his discharge from service he painted Welcome Home, a lampoon of the arrogance of military power; years later the painting would engender political controversy when it was included in a show of art in Moscow, and along with works by other American artists, raised suspicions in the House Un-American Activities Committee of pro-Communist sympathies.[7] In 1946 he married the painter Ruth Gikow and moved to New York City.
With a Fulbright grant he traveled to Europe in 1951, and was affected by the work of the Old masters, particularly the Mannerism of El Greco, which inspired him to distort and exaggerate the forms of his figures for expressive purposes.[8] After returning he continued to paint biblical subjects, and also produced Gangster Funeral, a narrative which Levine referred to as a “comedy”.[9] Further commentary on American life was furnished by Election Night (1954), Inauguration (1958), and Thirty- Five Minutes from Times Square (1956). Also in the late 1950s, Levine painted a series of sensitive portraits of his wife and daughter. In the 1960s Levine responded not only to political unrest in the United States with works such as Birmingham ’63, but to international subjects as well, as in The Spanish Prison (1959–62), and later still, Panethnikon (1978), and The Arms Brokers, 1982-83. Following the death of his wife in the 1980s came an increased interest in Hebraism, and with it a proliferation of paintings with themes from the Old Testament.[10]

Levine’s work is featured in many public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Fogg Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. In 1973 the Vatican purchased Cain and Abel (1961), to the satisfaction of Pope Paul VI.[11] In 1978 a retrospective of Levine’s work was held at the Jewish Museum in New York.
Levine was the subject of a 1989 film documentary entitled Feast of Pure Reason.[12]
Levine died at his home in Manhattan on November 8, 2010 at the age of 95.[13]

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Addison Powell, American actor (Dark Shadows, The Thomas Crown Affair, Three Days of the Condor) died he was , 89

Addison Powell  was an American actor whose numerous television, stage and film credits included Dark Shadows, The Thomas Crown Affair and Three Days of the Condor. He was best known for playing Dr. Eric Lang, a mad scientist who created Adam, on Dark Shadows.[1][2]

(February 23, 1921 – November 8, 2010)

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Powell was born in 1921 in Belmont, Massachusetts.[1][2] His parents, Edward Henry and Kathrene (née Barnum) Powell, were school teachers.[2] Powell received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.[1] He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force as a navigator during World War II.[1] Powell ultimately flew more than thirty flights as a navigator on board B-17 bombers from their base in East Anglia, the United Kingdom.[1][2] He earned a second degree from the Yale School of Drama following the end of the war.[1] Powell married his wife, Bunnie (née Rowley) in 1950.[1] The couple had three children during their marriage and resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[1]

Powell’s film credits included In the French Style in 1962 and 1968′s The Thomas Crown Affair, in which he played Abe, a bank robber, opposite Steve McQueen.[1] In 1975, Powell appeared in Three Days of the Condor, which starred Robert Redford.[2] He also portrayed Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in the 1977 biopic, MacArthur, which starred Gregory Peck.[1]

His television credits included roles in the first seasons of both Law & Order and The Mod Squad. Powell also had a recurring role as Dr. Eric Lang in the television series, Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC from 1966 until 1971.[1] He co-starred as a detective in the 1977 television film, Contract on Cherry Street, with Frank Sinatra and Martin Balsam.[1]

Addison Powell died on November 8, 2010, at 89 years old. He is survived by his three children, Mary, Julie and Michael; eight grandchildren; and a younger brother, Edward Powell. His wife, Bunny, died in 1995.[1] Powell had resided in Vermont for twenty-two years, most recently at the Shelburne Bay Senior Living community in Shelburne.[1]

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George Solomos American editor and writer.died he was , 85,

George Paul Solomos (aka Themistocles Hoetis from 1948–58) was a publisher, poet, filmmaker and novelist.

 (born in Detroit in 1925, London in November 2010.)

Early life

George was born and raised in Detroit; a French – American city which became known as Motor City – the centre of the US car industry – as well as a wellspring of much great popular music; from soul to heavy metal and techno. Prior to Motown, jazz had moved from up from the clubs of Chicago to Detroit in the 1920s, and George spent much of his teenage years in jazz clubs. His father ran a large Mediterranean delicatessen and general food store on Vermont and Henry Street, right near to Michigan Avenue.
George Solomos joined the USAF at the age of 17 after changing his birth certificate with his father’s permission. After a short period of training, he was almost immediately shipped to Britain, where he became a radio operator in an American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber based in an airfield in East Anglia. After his plane was shot down on his eleventh bombing mission to Germany; the crew bailed out of the burning bomber and George ended up landing tangled in the branches of an apple tree in North East France, near to the Belgian / Dutch border. He was rescued by a French grand-mother and her grand-daughter. After a night in the farmhouse he was passed to the French Resistance. He was taken on a journey of over 200 miles to a little village north of Paris called Evereux. He stayed in the village with the caretaker of Château de Beaufresne, which had belonged to the famous impressionist painter, Mary Cassatt. The chateau was being used as a residence for German officers. At this point he was given a new – fake – ID card with a swastika stamp. George Solomos was then passed to other members of the Resistance who helped the young airman cross Occupied France and eventually enter Spain, from where he was sent to Gibraltar, and then back to his airbase near Ipswich.

Family background

The Solomos family were descendants of tobacco tycoon Count Nicolas Solomonee from Venice. They were olive oil producers who settled in Greece, before the end of the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829). They were relatives of the Venetian poet Dionysios Solomos who had lived on the Greek island Zante (Zakynthos, near Italy) most of his adult life; his most famous poem Hymn to Liberty is the Greek National Anthem.
His father had left Sparta because of a family tragedy when he was still a teenager. Having been educated in the English language he decided to make his way to the USA. His mother – also from Sparta – was taken to the States by her two older brothers for similar tragic reasons as his father. His parents were introduced on landing in New York about 1910, and decided to marry and stay in the USA for a while.
George Solomos published and wrote under the name Themistocles Hoetis, the surname of his mother’s family, from 1948–1958, after being advised by some relatives that his views could attract trouble for his family.

Later life

From 1948 to 1958 George Solomos used the pen-name Themistocles Hoetis. A relative had warned him that he could bring shame to the family with his outspoken political views, which had developed in response to both the war and the de-programming that he received back in the USA – a standard ‘treatment’ for all servicemen who had been in close contact with Communists. Under this name he and Albert Beneviste published and edited a magazine called ZERO; A Review of Literature and Art. The first issue contained the famous attack on Richard Wright by James Baldwin, followed by a short story by Richard Wright. Among the prominent writers featured in the magazine were Samuel Beckett, Paul Bowles, Christopher Isherwood, Kenneth Patchen. Zero Press from 1956 also published novels and a collection of stories by Gore Vidal. The magazine Zero ran from 1949 to 1956. Its first two issues were published in Paris in 1949, the rest in Tangiers, Mexico City and in New York. A first anthology of Zero was published in 1956, another without his involvement in 1974 by the New York Times. An additional number was issued in Philadelphia in 1980. It reported on the very violent action taken by the Philadelphia Police Department against the black revolutionary commune MOVE.
He married Gidske Anderson in London in 1952. She had been with the wartime resistance in Norway. She met Solomos in Paris after the War. They both shared a love of jazz and, as a neighbour, she had asked to loan some of his records. She was then working for the Norwegian newspaper Arbeiderbladet and later became deputy chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. She died in 1993.
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Having published his novel The Man Who Went Away in 1952, George received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1953 to live and write in Mexico City, where he completed his still unpublished book Thermopylae, a novel about war and the ideals of ancient Sparta.
In 1958 at Detroit Town Hall George legally changed the name he had used for the last ten years whilst publishing ZERO – Themistocles Hoetis – back to his birth name of George Paul Solomos.
From 1958 to 1960, George was asked by Dr. Bascilius (Head of Humanities) at Wayne State University, where he had completed a one year course after the war ended in 1945 – which was his entitlement as a US Veteran – to propose and edit work for publication by the Wayne State University Press (WSU Press). The first book he designed for the WSU Press was The Poems of William Blake which won the award of Best Poetry Anthology of the year 1958 from the Poetry Society of America. The next year, 1959, he had prepared a version of the anti-nuclear tract by Bertrand Russell, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare which the WSU Press had already proofed and printed. It was withdrawn under threat from large industrial sponsors who threatened to withhold funding. Solomos left the USA soon after this and returned to Europe.

Films

George made two films in Italy (1961-3). The first that he made was a 20 minute film called Echo in the Village, which was shot on two 35mm cameras over 5 days in a small village called Cappadocia (Italy). It is in black and white and stars the town’s inhabitants. It is based on his original story about a grandfather helping a boy learn English so that he can leave the village and go to America.
George Solomos was re-united with many of the people who had featured in the film, including the boy who had played the young shepherd, when he returned to Cappadocia in 2002, on the fortieth anniversary of the film.
A public screening was arranged in the village and a programme about the event was broadcast on the State TV channel.
The second film is called Natika, and stars John Drew Barrymore, who was at the time living in Rome; and a young Welsh woman called Maureen Gavin for whom this was to be her only major film appearance. It was made on a larger budget than Echo in the Village, and was written and directed by George Solomos, as well as using the same personnel as his previous film.
The film concerns a destructive romance between a young harpist studying in Rome, and a louche playboy and heir to Europe’s wealthy corporate and governing class, played by J D Barrymore.
The film was largely financed by a rich young American, Gray Frederickson [3], who was based in Tehran tending his Oklahoma father’s oil wells but was attracted to Rome to break into the movie business. After taking the film to be re-edited before its completion, Fredrikson presented it at various film festivals as his production debut and went on to become a major Hollywood producer (e.g. Apocalypse Now).
George was also a mentor to the young George Moorse de:George Moorse, who was one of the directors of radical German cinema in the 1960s. Moorse’s first film ‘In Side Out’ (1964) [4] – with playwright Tom Stoppard in the cast – was made with Gérard Vandenberg [5], the cinematographer who worked on George Solomos’ two films.

Travels and further projects

Tangier and Morocco
George was a regular visitor to Morocco, where his friends Paul Bowles and Jane Bowles had lived for many years. He had first gone there in 1950 with Irving Thalberg, Jr., the son of the famous film producer of the same name, who later became a professor of philosophy. An article in the fashion magazine Flair which was aimed at the New York literati, published with a transparent cover by the Condé Nast Publications heiress Fleur Cowles described George as;

an apprentice Yankee Balzac – and a be-bop hipster perched on a cliff outside Tangier celebrating the virtues of hashish…

- which was based on testimony of Gore Vidal who had met him on a visit to Morocco.
After George returned to Madrid, he took the first Orient Express train to run through Greece to Istanbul since the end of WWII. He then went from Salonika to Athens and on to Sparta to visit his family home, through a country ravaged by war.
London
George Solomos then moved to what is now known as Swinging London in the 1960s, and was soon involved in its bohemian underground. He published David Chapman, a young poet who was briefly incarcerated in an Insane asylum because of his heroin addiction, and wrote a powerful poem about his experiences which was called Withdrawal. A book, which also contained pictures by Chapman, was published by George Solomos in 1964 with help from philanthropist and wealthy heir, Jonathan Bryan Guinness, 3rd Baron Moyne – a Conservative Party (UK) MP at the time – who paid for a full page advert in the Conservative Monday Club publication, along with a voucher entitling members to a reduced-price copy. Guinness had the reputation of someone whose political instincts would now be recognised as Libertarian conservatism.
A reading by David Chapman was held that year in the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. George also commissioned a soundtrack from the experimental jazz combo Spontaneous Music Ensemble. George Solomos brought a print of his short film Echo in the Village to the UK in the early 1960s and was invited onto the show Late Night Line Up (BBC, 1964–72) on the BBC, where he was interviewed by Joan Bakewell. His appearance followed Bakewell’s interview that same evening with American theatre and film director Joseph Losey.
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His next major publishing venture was in 1968, when he produced a film magazine called FIBA, which won the prize for the Best Film Publication at the Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia)[6] that year.
It was financed largely by the young Japanese Fluxus artist Yoko Ono . She later introduced him to her partner, John Lennon of The Beatles, and they asked him to arrange US showings of some films they had made, including Smile and Bottoms. George Solomos arranged for them to be premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1970, and took the movies on a series of screenings around the USA.
Éire
From 1970 to 1972 George was the Film Correspondent for the Irish Times; but was asked to leave Éire by the Irish Government after commenting unfavourably on the influence of the Roman Catholic Church on Irish culture. George had also infuriated the Irish Government for arranging the free distribution of The Little Red Schoolbook, which was being given away free in England at the time by the National Union of School Students. He was seen onto a ferry to Britain by Charles Haughey, who later wrote to him and offered to let him return.
He returned to London, where he managed to sell a film outline to Ringo Starr that would be a potential vehicle for mutual friend (and star of Shadows (1959 film) directed by John Cassavetes ), actor Ben Carruthers. This financed a trip to Sparta (municipality) in Greece, the homeland of the Solomos family, where he visited his family’s village.
USA
In 1974 George Solomos moved to Philadelphia and lived in a house opposite the MOVE commune when it was notoriously bombed from a police helicopter, a tragedy which killed six adult residents and five children. George Solomos published one last copy of ZERO in the early 1980s, which was dedicated to John Africa and the members of MOVE, many of whom are still in prison in the USA in 2009.
After moving to the first apartment block in the USA built with its own Community studio and Cable TV facility George Solomos started a reality TV series featuring some of the block’s residents – which was later credited with being the inspiration for the NBC series The Golden Girls.
He also arranged for a filmed interview with Mumia Abu Jamal on Death Row in Philadelphia – the last instance of such an interview, since the law was changed afterwards to prevent any similar media attention. The resulting film is on YouTube in three parts [7].
Europe
In 1986 George returned to France to find the villagers who had helped him escape from the Nazis in Occupied France. The International Herald Tribune managed to track down the son of the grand-daughter who had initially rescued him from the apple tree and hidden him in the cellar.
Since 1999 George has been publishing the on-line version of his film and culture magazine fiba [8]
In 1999 he was a guest at the Havana Film Festival, where he showed the Mumia Abu-Jamal documentary and a short film featuring Alice Walker, as well as being interviewed by Cuban Television.

Death
George Solomos died at home in Forest Hill on November 8th, 2010.
His second book is currently being translated into Spanish for publication in the next year. It is called Villa Alba, and is a novel based on some time he spent in Franco’s Spain in the 1950′s.

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George Estock, American baseball player (Boston Braves) died he was , 86

 George John Estock was a pitcher who played in Major League Baseball with the Boston Braves during the 1951 season  died he was , 86.

(November 2, 1924 – November 7, 2010)

Estock graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1942 and was pitching in a summer league afterward when baseball scouts began to notice him. Soon, the Scranton Miners offered him $100 a month and a $100 signing bonus to play ball.[1]
He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 1943.[2] Prior to the 1944 season, he was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, and in March 1946 Estock was sent to Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier deal. Prior to the 1947 season, the Pirates sent Estock to the Austin Pioneers the Big State League. Three years later, the Braves purchased his contract from Austin.[2]
Estock played for several minor league teams, including the Wilmington Blue Rocks, where his 22 wins in the 1945 season is still a club and league record.[1]
After being purchasedby the Braves, Estock was assigned to AA Milwaukee, where he went 16-8 with 3.35 earned-run average. That earned him a shot at the big leagues the following year. In 1951, he reached the majors,[2] playing for the Boston Braves alongside future Hall of Famers Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn, who were amng the major’s most successful left-handed pitchers.[1]
Estock spent one full season with the Braves, appearing in 37 games, all but one in relief. His only start came in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates. He pitched well, giving up three runs in eight innings, but was the loser in what would turn out to be his only big league decision when Cliff Chambers threw a no-hitter against the Braves. Estock finished the year with an 0-1 record and a 4.33 ERA. He managed two hits hits in seven at-bats for a .286 batting average.[2]
Estock spent 1952 with the minor league Milwaukee Brewers, going 6-3 with a 3.10 ERA. He stayed in baseball until 1955, spending time with the Toledo Mud Hens, Jacksonville Braves, Atlanta Crackers and finishing up with the York White Roses of the Piedmont League in 1955. Estock spent 13 seasons in pro baseball before retiring at age 30.
At his retirement he spoke of his introduction to a future Braves Hall of Famer: “I was pitching batting practice to a young kid who was up for a tryout during spring training in 1952. He was hitting me pretty good so I started to put a little extra on the ball, but he just kept it up. He really stood out. I asked him his name, and he answered, ‘My name is Hank Aaron.’” 

Estock was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.[1]

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13 people got busted on November 24, 2010

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Did you know that in 2008 MTV name lil Wayne man of the year?


Did you know that On November 11, 2008, Lil Wayne became the first hip-hop act to ever perform at the Country Music Awards?

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Did you know that Lil Wayne played alongside Kid Rock for the song, “All Summer Long“?

Did you know that Wayne did not rap but instead played guitar along Kid Rock’s band? 

Did you know that in 2008 Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys ?

Did you know that Wayne was then named the first ever MTV Man of the Year for the year of 2008?




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Did you know that Ludacris collaborated to create his own Cognac?

Did you know that on August 27, 2002, political pundit Bill O’Reilly called for all Americans to boycott Pepsi products,[25] saying that Ludacris’ lyrics glamorize a “life of guns, violence, drugs and disrespect of women?
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On August 28, 2002, O’Reilly reported that Pepsi had fired Ludacris.[25]
In an interview with RadarOnline.com in 2010, Ludacris stated that they had made amends after a conversation between the two at a charity event.[27]

Did you know that after the success of Back for the First Time, Ludacris started his own foundation?

Did you know that The Ludacris Foundation, started by Ludacris and Disturbing tha Peace CEO Chaka Zulu, is an organization that helps[17] middle and high school students motivate themselves in creative arts.


Did you know that In January 2009, Ludacris collaborated with Norwegian cognac house Birkedal Hartmann to create Conjure cognac?




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Kevin Pollak does killer Star Trek comedy

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Who is Kevin Delaney Kline?

Who is Kevin Delaney Kline? The Entertainment and acting world knows hims as Kevin Kline. Kline  is an American theatre, voice and film actor. He has won an Academy Award, two Tony Awards and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009.

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Early years

Kline was born October 24, 1947  in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Peggy and Robert Kline. His father was a classical music lover and an amateur opera singer who owned and operated The Record Bar, a record store in St. Louis that opened in the early ’40s, and also sold toys during the ’60s and ’70s; his father’s family also owned Kline’s Inc., a department store chain. Kline has described his mother as the “dramatic theatrical character in our family.” Kline’s father was an agnostic of German Jewish descent, while Kline’s Irish-American mother, the daughter of an emigrant from County Louth, was Catholic. Kline and his siblings were raised as Catholic.
Kline graduated from the Catholic Saint Louis Priory School in 1965. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began as an aspiring classical pianist. After joining the on-campus theater group “Vest Pocket Players” as an undergraduate, he fell in love with the theater and switched to acting, graduating from IU in 1970.

 Career

In 1970, Kline was awarded a scholarship to the newly formed Drama Division at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, he joined with fellow Juilliard graduates, including Patti LuPone and David Ogden Stiers, and formed the City Center Acting Company (now The Acting Company), under the aegis of John Houseman. The Company traveled across the U.S. performing Shakespeare‘s plays, other classical works, and the musical The Robber Bridegroom, founding one of the most widely praised groups in American repertory theatre.

In 1976, Kline left The Acting Company and settled in New York City, doing a brief stint as the character “Woody Reed” in the now-defunct soap opera Search for Tomorrow. He followed this with a return to the stage in 1978 in the small role of “Bruce Granit”, a matinée idol caricature, in Harold Prince‘s On the Twentieth Century, for which he won his first Tony Award. In 1981, Kline appeared with rock diva Linda Ronstadt and singer Rex Smith in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Central Park production of The Pirates of Penzance, winning another Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, for his comically dashing portrayal of the Pirate King. In 1983, he played the role in a film version of the musical, also with Ronstadt, Smith and Angela Lansbury, which had a limited theatrical release.
In the ensuing years, Kline appeared many times in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Shakespeare, including starring roles in Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, two productions of Hamlet (one of which he also directed) and a Tony-nominated Falstaff in a production that combined the two parts of Henry IV.
Dubbed “the American Olivier” by New York Times theater critic Frank Rich for his stage acting, Kline finally ventured into film in 1982 in Alan J. Pakula‘s Sophie’s Choice. He won the coveted role of the tormented and mercurial Nathan opposite Meryl Streep. Streep won an Academy Award for her performance in the film. Kline was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for best debut performance.

Kline and wife Phoebe Cates at the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball party, 1989

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Kline made several films with director Lawrence Kasdan, including The Big Chill,http://www.youtube.com/v/O19k-YtwXTg?fs=1&hl=en_US Silverado,http://www.youtube.com/v/2DQEJA4tyLg?fs=1&hl=en_US Grand Canyon,http://www.youtube.com/v/0PI8VXaQiWs?fs=1&hl=en_US I Love You to Death,http://www.youtube.com/v/vaI3G7tB_JE?fs=1&hl=en_US and French Kiss.http://www.youtube.com/v/TF9xsk3tmoA?fs=1&hl=en_US In 1989, Kline won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the British comedy A Fish Called Wanda,http://www.youtube.com/v/dqAJUlSRCwo?fs=1&hl=en_US in which he played a painfully inept American ex-CIA thug opposite John Cleese‘s genteel British barrister and Jamie Lee Curtis‘ femme fatale/con woman. In 2000, the American Film Institute ranked the film twenty-first on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs.
Though he has been offered many roles that could have boosted him to box-office stardom, Kline has kept a wary distance from the Hollywood star-making machine. He developed a reputation for picking parts with discrimination (such as strong roles in Grand Canyon and Life as a House), leading to the industry nickname “Kevin Decline”. Other awards have included Drama Desk Awards, Golden Globe awards, a Gotham Award, a Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year Award, and a St. Louis International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Film reviewers have widely praised his talent. Newsday said Kline “has proved himself to be one of the most talented and versatile American actors of his generation.”

Most recently, he played the title role in King Lear at the Public Theatre, and has played the lead role in a Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Jennifer Garner. That production was forced to close temporarily after only eleven performances as a result of the Broadway stagehands’ strike, but subsequently reopened. Cyrano was filmed in 2008 and aired as part of PBS‘s Great Performances series in January 2009.
On January 27, 2008, Kline won a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Jaques in Kenneth Branagh‘s film As You Like It, adapted from Shakespeare’s play. The film premiered theatrically in 2006 in Europe. It bypassed theatres and was sent straight to HBO in the U.S., where it was shown on August 21, 2007.
In December 2004 Kline became the 2,272nd recipient of a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal life

Kline married actress Phoebe Cates, 16 years his junior, in 1989. The couple live in New York City and have two children: Owen Joseph Kline (born 1991), who had a featured role in The Squid and the Whale,http://www.youtube.com/v/UfdrJ0wHUGw?fs=1&hl=en_US and Greta Simone Kline (born 1994). After his son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, Kline became active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In November 2004, he was presented with the JDRF’s Humanitarian of the Year award by Meryl Streep for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the organization. Kline also once dated Patti LuPone.
The Kevin Kline Awards honor theatre professionals in St. Louis in a wide array of categories, which include best actor and actress, set design, choreography, and original play. The first awards ceremony took place on March 20, 2006.

Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
1982 Sophie’s Choice Nathan Landau Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1983 The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
The Big Chill Harold Cooper
1985 Silverado Paden
1986 Violets Are Blue Henry Squires
1987 Cry Freedom Donald Woods
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Otto West Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1989 The January Man Nick Starkey
1990 I Love You to Death Joey Boca
1991 Soapdish Jeffery Anderson/Dr. Rod Randall Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Grand Canyon Mack
1992 Consenting Adults Richard Parker
Chaplin Douglas Fairbanks
1993 Dave Dave Kovic/President William Harrison Mitchell Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Nutcracker Narrator
1994 Princess Caraboo Frixos
1995 French Kiss Luc Teyssier
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Phoebus voice
1997 The Ice Storm Ben Hood
Fierce Creatures Vince McCain/Rod McCain
In & Out Howard Brackett Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1999 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nick Bottom
Wild Wild West U.S. Marshal Artemus ‘Artie’ Gordon/President Ulysses S. Grant
2000 The Road to El Dorado Tulio voice
2001 The Anniversary Party Cal Gold
Life as a House George Monroe Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
2002 Orange County Marcus Skinner uncredited
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Phoebus voice
The Emperor’s Club William Hundert
2004 De-Lovely Cole Porter Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2006 The Pink Panther Chief Inspector Dreyfus
A Prairie Home Companion Guy Noir
As You Like It Jaques Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2007 Trade Ray Sheridan
2008 Definitely, Maybe Hampton Roth
The Tale of Despereaux Andre voice
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
2009 Queen to Play (Joueuse) Docteur Kröger
2010 The Extra Man Henry Harrison
The Conspirator Edwin Stanton filming


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