Kevin Kline is an American actor and singer who began his career since the early 1970s. Close to five decades later, the actor has appeared in many movies, stage performances, and television shows, having many awards to show for all his efforts. Apart from the excellent professional life that he has built, the actor also has a great private and family life. Here is all you want to know about him.
Kevin Kline Bio
The actor was born Kevin Delaney Kline on October 24, 1947, in St. Louis, Missouri. Of both German and Irish descent, Kline was raised by his father, Robert Joseph Kline, who was an amateur opera singer, a record store operator – The Record Bar, and a mother whom he described as very dramatic.
With two younger brothers and an older sister, he grew up in the Catholic Faith and attended the Saint Louis Priory School in 1965. He began acting since he was in school, appearing in many plays. Nonetheless, he was more interested in music at the time. Because of this, he decided to study composing and conducting at the Indiana University, Bloomington.
Two years into his studies in college, the acting side of him became stronger than the music and so he moved to theater and speech which he continued until his graduation in 1970. Before he graduated, he co-founded an off-campus theatrical troupe, Vest Pocket Players.
From there, he moved to Juilliard School in New York where he attended the Drama Division which was newly formed. There, he became a part of the City Center Acting Company (The Acting Company), which traveled around performing Shakespeare’s plays among other things.
After leaving the company, he got his first acting role in the 1986 soap opera, Search for Tomorrow and then The Time of Your Life in the same year. He would go on to appear in more TV shows including Cyrano de Bergerac (2008) and Bob’s Burgers (2011- ) for which he is doing voice acting for Mr. Calvin Fischoeder.
More than on TV, he has handled more film roles in movies like Sophie’s Choice (1982), The Pirates of Penzance (1983), and A Fish Called Wanda (1988). His other movies are The Last of Robin Hood (2013), Ricki and the Flash (2015), Dean (2016), and Beauty and the Beast (2017).
With over 60 movies, plays, and TV shows to his name for various things including acting, voice acting, and directing, Kline has many awards to show for all the hard work including multiple Drama Desk Awards, Tony Awards, Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Screen Actors Guild. He has also been nominated for many others including the Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards.
Wife – Phoebe Cates, Children, and Family Life
Even though Hollywood does not tell the best stories of stable family life and marriages that last, Kevin Kline tells a different one. He is married to former American film actress and singer, Phoebe Cates.
Born in 1963, Phoebe Cates began her career as a model, but when she called it quits, she decided to try acting in the early 1980s. Before then, she was dating film producer, Stavros Merjos with whom she even shared an apartment.
In 1983, the former actress attended an audition for a role in The Big Chill, but she did not get the role. What she got, however, was the opportunity to meet the man who would go on to be her husband, Kevin Kline. Immediately, they both fell for each other and after dating for many years, they decided to become man and wife in 1989.
Their union has been blessed with two children, Owen Joseph Kline who was born in 1991 and Greta Simone Kline who was born in 1994. Both Owen and Greta are now actors. The family lives in New York City where Phoebe Cates Kline owns and runs a boutique, Blue Tree in Madison Avenue.
By all accounts, Kevin Kline is a very successful actor who has many and highly successful movies to his name. Beyond acting, he has also directed some movies and through all he has done, the actor has recorded a lot of achievements.
To complement the fame he has made, he has a net worth that has been estimated at $35 million. Although he made a large chunk of his wealth from his career in Hollywood, he is from a family that is well to do, owning a departmental store chain known as Kline’s Inc.