Kevin Spacey is an American actor and film producer with British citizenship. During his career he has won the Academy Award twice, in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects and in 2000 for Best Actor for American Beauty, a performance that also earned him the BAFTA Award and the Screen Actors Guild.
From 2013 to 2017 he played the role of Frank Underwood, the protagonist of the acclaimed television series House of Cards, thanks to which he won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations. An acclaimed stage performer, Spacey has held some of the most important roles in the classical and modern repertoire on the Broadway and West End stages, also winning a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for his performances on stage.
On October 29, 2017, in the Harvey Weinstein case, Spacey was accused of harassment by actor Anthony Rapp for a fact dating back to 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp only 14: shortly after the Spacey case exploded he comes out declaring, apologizing to Rapp, also stating that he does not remember what happened because he was drunk. Subsequently, other accusations of the same nature are also made against the actor: eight members of the House of Cards crew, as well as the actor's son Richard Dreyfuss and that of the journalist Heather Unruh declare they were molested by Spacey while other cases would date back to the time when the latter was artistic director of the Old Vic.
On July 26, 2023, the actor was found not guilty of alleged abuse and harassment in London; the verdict of the twelve popular jurors gathered before Southwark Crown Court, arrived after about a month of hearings and three days of deliberation.