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Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline, who recently starred in the hit film In & Out and the critically acclaimed feature The Ice Storm, has earned equal distinction in film and theater. In addition to receiving an Oscar for his work in A Fish Called Wanda, Kline was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for his roles in Sophie's Choice, Dave, In & Out and Soapdish. He won the IFP's Gotham Award for his performance in The Ice Storm.

Kline is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and a founding member of John Houseman's The Acting Company, with whom he made his Broadway debut in Chekhov's The Three Sisters. Other Broadway credits include Hal Prince's On the Twentieth Century, for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award; The Pirates of Penzance, for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award; and The Beggar's Opera.

Additional theater credits include Shaw's Arms and the Man and Michael Weller's Loose Ends, both at Circle in the Square, and a recently acclaimed performance at Lincoln Center Theatre as Chekhov's Ivanov. He starred in the title role in two critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet at New York's Public Theatre, one in 1986 and one in 1990. The latter he also directed for the stage and again for the PBS television series Great Performances. Other New York Shakespeare Festival productions include the title roles in Richard III, Henry V, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Vincentio in Measure For Measure.

Kline has received the Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre from Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre, as well as two Obie Awards.

Kline made his film debut in Alan Pakula's Sophie's Choice, and then began a long-standing creative relationship with writer/director Lawrence Kasdan on The Big Chill, followed by Silverado, I Love You to Death, Grand Canyon and French Kiss. Kline's other film credits include Violets Are Blue, Cry Freedom, Princess Caraboo, Fierce Creatures, Chaplin and the film version of The Pirates of Penzance. He is currently starring with Michelle Pfeiffer in Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)