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Kevin Kline

Birth Place: St. Louis, MO, USA

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Kevin Kline has seamlessly transitioned between the worlds of theatre and film and has earned equal distinction in both. Kline was most recently seen on Broadway in the 2017 revival of Present Laughter, portraying the role of Garry Essendine. Kline is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award and two Tony awards. Kline was seen in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon with an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Dan Stevens, and Josh Gad. In addition to his 1988 Academy Award for his role 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 he earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his performance in Life As A House.



He was also the recipient of a Career Tribute at the 1997 Gotham Independent Film Awards. His additional 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, Fierce Creatures, Wild Wild West, The Emperor's Club, Pink Panther, A Prairie Home Companion, The Extra Man, Trade (for which he won the CineMerit Award at the Munich Film Festival), Queen to Play, The Conspirator, Darling Companion (his sixth collaboration with director Lawrence Kasdan), The Last of Robin Hood, Last Vegas, My Old Lady, and Ricki and The Flash.

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. For Hal Prince's On the Twentieth Century, he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and for The Pirates of Penzance, which had a successful run at The Public Theater before transferring to Broadway, he again won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, as well as the Obie Award for Outstanding Achievement by an actor. More 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. The production earned him Emmy and SAG Award nominations. Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway performance in Shaw's Arms and the Man directed by John Malkovich as well as Michael Weller'sLoose Ends, directed by Alan Schneider, 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 and Her Children. Kline has a three-decades-long history with The Public Theater, during which he has played numerous Shakespearean characters, including the title roles in King Lear, Richard III and Henry V.

Additional credits include 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, 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. Kline has received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre by the Shakespeare Theatre Company, which recognizes an artist who has made a significant contribution to classical theatre in America and was the first American actor to receive the Sir John Gielgud Golden Quill Award. In 2007, he was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2004, Kline was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Kline has voiced characters in the films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), The Road to El Dorado (2000), The Tale of Despereaux (2008), and the animated comedy series Bob's Burgers (2011–present) and its theatrical feature The Bob's Burgers Movie (2022), for which he has earned a Primetime Emmy nomination.

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Kevin Kline STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Audible Off-Broadway Reading, 2018
Performer

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Garry Essendine

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2007
Cyrano de Bergerac

[Off-Broadway]
2007
King Lear

[Off-Broadway]
2006
Cook

[Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 2003
Sir John Falstaff

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Mystery Guest Star

[Broadway]
Special Benefit Production, 2002
Jim

[Off-Broadway]
2001
Trigorin

[Broadway]
1997
Nikolai Ivanov

[Off-Broadway]
1993
Duke

[Off-Broadway]
1990
Hamlet

[Off-Broadway]
1988
Benedick

[Off-Broadway]
1986
Hamlet

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1985
Captain Bluntschli

[Off-Broadway]
1984
King Henry V

[Off-Broadway]
1983
Richard

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1981
The Pirate King

[Off-Broadway]
1980
Pirate King

[Broadway]
1979
Paul

[Broadway]
1979
Performer

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Bruce Granit

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1977
Clym Yeobright

[Broadway]
1975
Baron Tuzenbach (Understudy)

Vershinin (Understudy)

[Broadway]
1975
McCarthy

Wesley (Understudy)

Society Gentleman (Understudy)

Tom (Understudy)

[Broadway]
1975
Lancaster (Alternate)

Lightborn (Alternate)

Gaveston (Understudy)

Attendant (Understudy)

[Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1975
Jamie Lockhart

[Broadway]
1973
Performer

[Broadway]
1973
Friar Pete

[Broadway]
Unknown, 1973
Macheath

[Broadway]
1973
Vershinin

[Off-Broadway]
1972
Vaska Pepel

[Off-Broadway]
1972
IRA Officer

[Off-Broadway]
1972
Guardiano

[Off-Broadway]
1972
Charles Surface

[Off-Broadway]
1970
Tressel

[Off-Broadway]
1970
Huntsman/ Soldier

Kevin Kline Productions

 
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NYSF Artistic Associate
 
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NYSF Associate Producer
 
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Director

Kevin Kline Movies

Sophie's Choice
[ 1982 ] Nathan
The Big Chill
[ 1983 ] Harold
The Pirates of Penzance
[ 1983 ] The Pirate King
Silverado
[ 1985 ] Paden
Violets Are Blue...
[ 1986 ] Henry Squires
Cry Freedom
[ 1987 ] Donald Woods
A Fish Called Wanda
[ 1988 ] Otto
The January Man
[ 1989 ] Nick Starkey
I Love You to Death
[ 1990 ] Joey
Soapdish
[ 1991 ] Jeffrey Anderson
Grand Canyon
[ 1991 ] Mack
Consenting Adults
[ 1992 ] Richard Parker
Chaplin
[ 1992 ] Dougl Fairbanks
Dave
[ 1993 ] Dave Kovic, Bill Mitchell
The Nutcracker
[ 1993 ] Narrator
Princess Caraboo
[ 1994 ] Frixos
French Kiss
[ 1995 ] Luc Teyssier
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
[ 1996 ] Phoebus
The Ice Storm
[ 1997 ] Ben Hood
In & Out
[ 1997 ] Howard Brackett
Fierce Creatures
[ 1997 ] Vince McCain, Rod McCain
Wild Wild West
[ 1999 ] Artemus Gordon, President Grant
A Midsummer Night's Dream
[ 1999 ] Nick Bottom
The Road to El Dorado
[ 2000 ] Tulio
Life as a House
[ 2001 ] George Monroe
The Anniversary Party
[ 2001 ] Cal Gold
The Emperor's Club
[ 2002 ] William Hundert
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
[ 2004 ] Kevin Kline
De-Lovely
[ 2004 ] Cole Porter
As You Like It
[ 2006 ] Jaques
The Pink Panther
[ 2006 ] Dreyfus
A Prairie Home Companion
[ 2006 ] Guy Noir
Trade
[ 2007 ] Ray Sheridan
The Tale of Despereaux
[ 2008 ] Andre
Definitely, Maybe
[ 2008 ] Hampton Roth
Queen to Play
[ 2009 ] Kröger
The Extra Man
[ 2010 ] Henry Harrison
The Conspirator
[ 2010 ] Edwin Stanton
No Strings Attached
[ 2011 ] Alvin
Darling Companion
[ 2012 ] Joseph
The Last of Robin Hood
[ 2013 ] Errol Flynn
Last Vegas
[ 2013 ] Sam
My Old Lady
[ 2014 ] Mathi Gold
James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty
[ 2014 ] James McNeill Whistler
Ricki and the Flash
[ 2015 ] Pete
Dean
[ 2016 ] Robert
Beauty and the Beast
[ 2017 ] Maurice
The Good House
[ 2021 ] Frank Getchell
The Starling
[ 2021 ] Dr. Larry Fine
Here Today
[ 2021 ] Kevin Kline, Ben
The Bob's Burgers Movie
[ 2022 ] Calvin Fischoeder

Kevin Kline TV Shows

Bob's Burgers
Mr. Fischoeder

Kevin Kline Awards and Nominations


winner
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2017 - Best Leading Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Drama League Awards - 2017 - Distinguished Performance Award

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter


winner
Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Kevin Kline, Present Laughter


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac

Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac


winner
The Lortels - 2007 - Lifetime Achievement Award

Kevin Kline

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Kevin Kline, Henry IV

Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Kevin Kline, Henry IV


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Kevin Kline, Henry IV

Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Kevin Kline, Hamlet

Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Director - Play

Kevin Kline, Hamlet


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Kevin Kline, The Pirates of Penzance


winner
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Kevin Kline, The Pirates of Penzance


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical

Kevin Kline, On the 2th Century


winner
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Kevin Kline , On the Twentieth Century

Kevin Kline Videos

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Peter Van Norden to Receive the Actors' Equity Foundation's Michael McCarty Recognition Award

The Actors’ Equity Foundation will bestow its 2024 Michael McCarty Recognition Award to actor Peter Van Norden. Learn more about Van Norden and about the award.
Ann Leary Comes to The Music Hall Lounge With I'VE TRIED BEING NICE

On Thursday, June 13 at 7pm, The New York Times bestselling author and lifelong people pleaser Ann Leary visits The Music Hall Lounge with her humorous essay collection, I’VE TRIED BEING NICE.
Review: ON THE 20TH CENTURY at Blank Theatre

Blank Theatre’s ON THE 20TH CENTURY makes for a delightful ride through a farcical facsimile of Broadway’s Silver Age, if one can accommodate a few bumps along the way.
Authors Ann Leary and Laura Zigman Will Appear in Conversation For I'VE TRIED BEING NICE Next Month

Join authors Ann Leary and Laura Zigman as they engage in a thought-provoking conversation for the event I'VE TRIED BEING NICE on June 13. Don't miss this literary treat!On Thursday, June 13 at 7pm, The New York Times bestselling author and lifelong people-pleaser Ann Leary visits The Music Hall Lounge with her humorous essay collection, I'VE TRIED BEING NICE. Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and revel in the comically relatable chaos of Ann Leary's life as revealed in this delightful collection of essays.
Christopher Sieber, Kennedy Kanagawa, and More Join the Cast of THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Muny

The cast has been announced for the Muny production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which runs July 8-16 on the James S. McDonnell Stage in Forest Park.
STAGES St. Louis Announces Complete Casting for STEEL MAGNOLIAS

STAGES St. Louis unveiled their stellar ensemble cast for its upcoming production of Steel Magnolias. The cast includes Amy Loui (M'Lynn), Taylor Quick (Shelby), Jilanne Marie Klaus (Truvy), Abigail Isom (Annelle), Zoe Vonder Haar (Ouiser), Kari Ely (Clairee) Lari White (Standby), Lexy Witcher (Standby), and Meme Wolff (Standby). This beloved story, known for its memorable characters and heartfelt message, will grace the stage from May 31 – June 30 in The Ross Family Theatre at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. 
Concert Performances of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE JUNGLE BOOK Will Be Performed at New Wimbledon Theatre

The Novello Orchestra will present two classic Disney films in concert this summer, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book will be performed live to film as part of Wimbledon Childrens Festival. Beauty and the Beast will take place on 10th August, with showings at 3pm and 7pm and The Jungle Book the following day on the 11th August, with showings at 10am and 3pm.
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB New 4K Restoration Opens at Film Forum in May

Charles Crichton's THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951), a classic heist comedy starring Alec Guinness, will run in a new 4K restoration at Film Forum from Friday, May 10 through Thursday, May 16. 
Krysta Rodriguez & More to Perform at Signature Theatre Gala Honoring Nathan Lane

On April 29, 2024, Signature Theatre will honor icon of stage and screen Nathan Lane with the company’s thirteenth Stephen Sondheim Award. Learn more!
Ronald Rand Will Lead LET IT BE ART! at Greece's Lithographeion Theatre in Patras

Goodwill Cultural Ambassador Ronald Rand, during his 24th year touring around the world to 26 countries will perform in his celebrated solo play, LET IT BE ART! as Harold Clurman, 'the Elder Statesman of the American Theatre,' on March 31st at the renowned Lithographeion Theatre in Patras, Greece.
John Douglas Thompson & Nicole Ari Parker to Lead Red Bull Theater's ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

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Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce & More to Reunite for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

Bartlett Sher will direct a staged reading of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, featuring original cast members. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!
J. Jason Daunter & Judy Martel Elected to the Board of The Stage Managers' Association Foundation

J. Jason Daunter of Anaheim, CA, and Judy Martel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been elected to the Board of The Stage Managers' Association Foundation.
Theater Alliance Appoints New Producing Artistic Director

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Wilford Leach, John Braswell and ETC Company Will Be Remembered at La MaMa's COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES

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Bryan Terrell Clark and Valisia LeKae to Join The New York Pops for HITSVILLE: CELEBRATING MOTOWN

 The New York Pops will celebrate the hits of Motown on Friday, March 15, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall joined by guest artists Bryan Terrell Clark and Valisia LeKae.
Westport Country Playhouse Kicks Off 2024 Script In Hand Playreading Series With Tale Of Sports Legend LOMBARDI

Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of “Lombardi,” a Broadway hit about the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi and his family, on and off the playing field, on Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m.
Cast and Creative Team Set for ESCAPED ALONE World Premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre

Yale Repertory Theatre will continue its 2023–24 Season with Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill, directed by Liz Diamond.
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kara Young, Reynaldo Piniella & More to Star in HAMLET Reading at The Acting Company 

The Acting Company has revealed the cast for their reading of Hamlet. See the full cast and learn how to purchase tickets!
PEAK Performances to Present Opera-in-Concert Performances of BLIND INJUSTICE

PEAK Performances at Montclair State University is producing two opera-in-concert performances of Blind Injustice, composed by Montclair State University College of the Arts faculty member Scott Davenport Richards (A Star Across the Ocean, Charlie Crosses the Nation) with a libretto by David Cote (Three Way, The Scarlet Ibis).

Kevin Kline FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Kevin Kline been in?

Kevin Kline has appeared on Broadway in 19 shows.

How many West End shows has Kevin Kline been in?

Kevin Kline has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Kevin Kline been nominated for?

Kevin Kline has been nominated for various awards throughout his career, including Best Leading Actor in a Play at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards, and Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in "Present Laughter." He has also received nominations for his roles in "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Henry IV," "Hamlet," "The Pirates of Penzance," and "On the Twentieth Century." Additionally, Kline has won accolades such as the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Lortels.

What awards has Kevin Kline won?

Kevin Kline has won several awards throughout his career, including Best Leading Actor in a Play at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "Present Laughter," Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Present Laughter," and Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Present Laughter." He also won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Present Laughter." Additionally, Kline received awards such as Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Cyrano de Bergerac," a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Lortels, Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Henry IV," and Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Pirates of Penzance." He also won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Pirates of Penzance," Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "On the 20th Century," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "On the Twentieth Century."

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