Top 10 Kevin Spacey roles

August 23 16:35 2014

Kevin Spacey is an actor that has the ability to bring a variety of roles to life on both the small and the big screen and has become a mainstay in Hollywood because of his incredible acting ability, likable personality and emotional range on screen. Spacey took a break from movies to take a role in a Netflix Original program. The move was a success and now Spacey is celebrating an Emmy nomination for his role as Frank Underwood.

Spacey has created an infamous character who is not only terrifying but a political mastermind with Underwood and has audiences already craving more Cards. Netflix has already renewed the show for a third season.

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In honor of his Emmy nomination, is counting down the top ten Kevin Spacey roles. From his Oscar winning performance in American Beauty to his hilarious role in Horrible Bosses, Spacey can do it all. Did your favorite Kevin Spacey role not make the list? Comment below and add your favorite.

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10. Horrible Bosses

Kevin Spacey is an Academy Award winning actor who has taken on many dramatic and emotional roles but it was his role in Horrible Bosses which showed off his comedy skills and ability to play a boss that everyone hates. Spacey has fun on screen and has audiences laughing every time he is on screen.

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9. K-PAX

Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges played alongside each other in this extraterrestrial story. It was interesting to see Spacey use his acting range to play such a unique character as Robert Porter.

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8. A Time To Kill

A Time To Kill is now considered a cinematic classic and was released back in 1996 based off of the popular John Grisham novel. The film featured an all-star cast and included Kevin Spacey as Rufus Buckley.

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7. Pay it Forward

Pay It Forward featured Spacey starring alongside a young Haley Joel Osment and is an emotional, powerful feature film. Spacey’s performance in this film is honest and helps the audience to connect to the heartbreaking and inspirational story.

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6. The Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale showed off Spacey in a more dramatic and intense role than he had been taking on at this time in his career.

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5. Iron Will

Before films like Remember the Titans and Miracle had been Disney classics, Iron Will started the trend of telling personal stories surrounding epic sporting events. Kevin Spacey is featured in this film as Harry Kingsley and stands out as one of the best actors in the film.

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4. The Usual Suspects

Before Bryan Singer was in charge of taking the X-Men back in time to fix the future, he was directing a project called The Usual Suspects which featured Kevin Spacey in the lead role. The film has become a cult classic and received critical acclaim. Spacey showed once again that he was one of the best leading men in Hollywood with the powerful performance he delivered in this film.

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3. L.A. Confidential

Spacey starred in L.A. Confidential as Jack Vincennes. Spacey was well known at the time but this role helped to launch his career into superstardom.

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2. House of Cards

House of Cards helped to take Netflix original programming into the mainstream. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright lead this all-star cast in a modern, sexy and dark political thriller. Anticipation is at an all time high for the return of Cards for season three on Netflix.

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1. American Beauty

In 2000, Kevin Spacey won the Oscar for his role in American Beauty as Lester Burnham. American Beauty was the story of Burnham and how he tries to breakout his everyday life and change his fate. Burnham’s character draws the audiences into this at times odd and uncomfortable story but in the end, it is Spacey’s performance, which makes this an Oscar winning story.

“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me…but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world.”


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