There has always been an inherent smugness about Kevin Spacey, something about him that gives off the stench that he might be the smartest guy in the room.
He burrows under the skin of his characters and consistently delivers good, often great performances. Nearly twenty years have passed since American Beauty (1999) the film that won Spacey his second Academy Award, and oddly he has never been nominated again. He first won for The Usual Suspects (1995), Best Supporting Actor and was considered one of the major new talents in film. Fours later American Beauty (1999) exploded out of TIFF and his life forever changed, but after a few film roles, he packed it in to go to England as Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater, a hugely prestigious position that took him out of Hollywood for a time.
Should he never give another screen performance he would still be among the great actors of his time. Since winning the Oscar he has not been nominated again though he has won and/ or been nominated for Emmys, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild for his work in television.
He has made the talk show circuit where his gift for impressions has come out (though he has not) and listening to hm you would swear you were hearing the real deal speak. He was called out by James Lipton On the Actors Studio to do a bunch and it was astounding to see. Perfect.
One final note, I did not include his self directed performance as pop star Bobby Darin on my list of his best, regrettably. His singing is impeccable, he truly brings the late star back to us. But he was by the time he made the film too old to play the younger Darin, and might have served his film Stronger casting a younger actor and doing the singing on the track. It is a bold, interesting film, but not once did I buy the relationship between he and Sandra Dee. Who was that older guy seducing the younger babe? With that said, here we list down top 10 Kevin Spacey movies and TV Shows.