Kevin Spacey has managed to build a successful career and a larger than life status over the decades in Hollywood. As a result, when Anthony Rapp dropped his sexual allegations regarding the House of Cards actor, it shocked not just the entertainment industry but the world as well. The scandal opened the door to many others and even spawned a lawsuit in 2018. Unfortunately, his personal proclivities have subjected his life, career, and conduct to intense scrutiny.
Suddenly, Spacey who used to be everywhere was missing in action. While some say he is in hiding or wearing disguises, others say he will never work again. Despite the fact that everyone has an opinion about him, all those are merely based on conjectures. No one really knows where the actor is or what he is doing now. Before we delve into what life is for Kevin Spacey today, let’s take a look briefly at what it has been.
Kevin Spacey’s Career Rise and Achievements
His career started on stage in 1981. He was in Long Day’s Journey into Night (1986) with Jack Lemmon and the 1991 Broadway hit Lost in Yonkers. He transitioned to television in the 80s. His first major TV appearance was in the second-season premiere of Crime Story as a Kennedy-esque American senator.
His interest soon turned to films where he gained a reputation as a character actor and was, subsequently, cast in high-profile roles. The American actor, producer, and singer rose to fame in the 1990s for his critically acclaimed roles, mostly as villains. Some of his early notable works include the ensemble film Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), the dark comedy film The Ref (1994), and the satire Swimming with Sharks (1995).
He made his directorial debut with film Albino Alligator (1996). The following year, he founded a production company named Trigger Street Productions. Spacey was the artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London for 11 years (2004-2015). During his tenure, he directed and acted in numerous production.
The New York’s Juilliard School alumni won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Verbal Kint in the 1995 neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects. He won another Oscar in 2000 for American Beauty. He has since added a Tony Award, four Silver Screen Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe Award to his award collections.
In 1999, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The veteran actor was named an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015 for his contributions to British theatre. His role as Francis Underwood in House of Cards earned him further acclaims.
Where Is Kevin Spacey?
More than three decades ago, Kevin Spacey allegedly made a sexual advance towards 14-year-old Anthony Rapp, in 1986. Rapp opened up in a Buzzfeed interview in October 2017. Spacey has, however, claimed that he has no memory of the alleged incident but offered an apology on Twitter to his accuser nonetheless “for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior”. In addition to his apologies, the House of Cards actor also came out as gay. He says he has had relationships with both men and women and that he “choose[s] now to live as a gay man.” His coming out, however, is by no means a justification for his alleged actions.
Following Rapp’s allegation, numerous other men have come forward alleging that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them. Consequently, he lost most of his contracts. For instance, Netflix severed ties with him, shelving his film Gore and also removed him from the last season of House of Cards. Furthermore, his role as John Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017) was reshot with Christopher Plummer taking his place.
In all these, Spacey did not face any lawsuit until December 2018. He was charged with indecent assault and battery over an alleged groping incident in 2016. Heather Unruh, an anchorwoman accused him of sexually assaulting her 18-year-old son. By July 2019, it was revealed that Spacey’s accuser has voluntarily dropped the criminal charge against him. The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning that his accuser cannot refile the case later.
Although Kevin Spacey has seemingly been exonerated from his alleged crimes, he became a recluse afterward. He withdrew from the public eye and retreated from everything and everyone. He took the time to evaluate his behavior as well as seek treatment. As such, he checked into a prestigious sex addiction treatment center. After a while in the facility, he returned to hiding and at some points was reported to appear in disguises. The allegation also stopped his career in its tracks.
What Is He Doing Now?
The sexagenerian made his first public appearance since the scandal in August 2018 in Rome where he took part in a poetry reading. A Hollywood comeback, however, seems very unlikely for the fallen actor.