L.A. Confidential: About The Cast

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KEVIN SPACEY (Jack Vincennes) won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "The Usual Suspects" and was also seen in "Outbreak," "Swimming With Sharks" and "Seven." In addition, the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics, the Boston Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, the Texas Society of Film Critics, the Broadcasters Association, the Seattle Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild and the Independent Spirit Awards all honored him for his performances in 1995.

He most recently appeared as a member of the ensemble in "Looking for Richard," Al Pacino's documentary on Shakespeare, and made his directorial debut with "Albino Alligator," starring Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway and Gary Sinise. Last summer he appeared in Joel Schumacher's adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel, "A Time to Kill," opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Samuel L. Jackson, also for New Regency and Warner Bros. His other starring roles include "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Consenting Adults," "Iron Will" and "The Ref."

Spacey has worked extensively on the New York stage and won the 1991 Tony Award for his performance as Uncle Louie in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers." He studied for two years at the Juilliard School of Drama and made his debut as a messenger in Joseph Papp's 1981 Central Park production of "Henry IV, Part I." A year later, he made his Broadway debut as Oswald opposite Liv Ullmann in Ibsen's "Ghosts." He was an understudy in Mike Nichols' production of "Hurlyburly" on Broadway and co-starred opposite Colleen Dewhurst in the Kennedy Center production of "The Seagull." Spacey's other theater credits include "Barbarians" at Soho Rep, "Right Behind the Flag" at Playwrights Horizons, "Real Dreams" at Williamstown and "As It Is In Heaven" at the Perry Street.

His breakthrough came as Jamie Tyrone in the 1986 Broadway and London productions of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" with Jack Lemmon. He was recently seen on the New York stage in the premiere cast of Athol Fugard's "Playland" at the Manhattan Theater Club, directed by the playwright.

Television audiences know Spacey as Mel Profitt on the series "Wiseguy" and for his performance as Clarence Darrow in the American Playhouse production of "Darrow," directed by John Coles.

Spacey most recently completed a starring role in Warner Bros.' filmed adaptation of John Berendt's best-selling book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," directed by Clint Eastwood.

RUSSELL CROWE (Bud White), born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, made his American film debut opposite Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman in "The Quick and the Dead" and followed that by starring opposite Denzel Washington in "Virtuosity." He will be seen in the upcoming "Breaking Up," with Salma Hayek and "Rough Magic," with Bridget Fonda.

Crowe has been recognized three consecutive years by the Australian Film Institute: in 1990 with a Best Actor nomination for "The Crossing," a Best Supporting Actor award in 1991 for "Proof," and the Best Actor award for the 1992 production of the controversial "Romper Stomper."

Crowe's other Australian film credits include the role of Jack Thompson's gay son in "The Sum of Us," "Prisoners of the Sun," "Hammers Over the Anvil," "The Efficiency Expert" with Anthony Hopkins, "Love in Limbo," "For the Moment," "No Way Back" and the film version of the classic Australian children's novel "The Silver Brumby."

Australian-born GUY PEARCE (Ed Exley) made an international impression as one of the stars of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

His additional feature film credits include "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga," "My Forgotten Man," "Hunting" and "Heaven Tonight."

JAMES CROMWELL (Dudley Smith) is probably best known for his 1995 Academy Award-nominated turn as Farmer Hoggett in the surprise box-office hit "Babe," but he has garnered critical acclaim for roles in more than 20 feature films, a number of appearances in series television and scores of stage productions.

Cromwell's film credits include "Pennies From Heaven," "The Man With Two Brains," "Pink Cadillac," "Oh God, Part III," "The Babe," "Eraser" and, most recently, "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Star Trek: First Contact." He will next be seen starring in "The Education of Little Tree."

His many television appearances include a stint on the long-running series classic, "All In the Family," where he starred as Stretch Cunningham.

Dedicated to the stage, Cromwell has appeared in productions of "All's Well That Ends Well," "Othello," "Becket," "Johnny Got His Gun," "Hamlet" and "The Iceman Cometh."

DAVID STRATHAIRN (Pierce Patchett) is one of Hollywood's most recognizable character actors, having appeared in nearly 15 feature films. He worked previously for director Curtis Hanson in "The River Wild."

His credits include "Delores Claiborne," "Sneakers," "Home For the Holidays," "Losing Isaiah," "The Firm," "Lost in Yonkers" and "A Dangerous Woman."

In addition, Strathairn has appeared in six films directed by John Sayles: "Return of the Secausus Seven," "Matewan," 'City of Hope," "Passion Fish," "Eight Men Out" and "Brother From Another Planet."

He has appeared on stage in productions of "The Tempest," Tom Stoppard's "Hapgood" and the current New York production of Checkov's "Three Sisters."

Since making her motion picture debut opposite Robert Redford in Barry Levinson's "The Natural," KIM BASINGER (Lynn Bracken) has appeared in more than a dozen feature films.

Her list of film credits includes "Fool For Love," directed by Robert Altman; Adrian Lyne's sensual thriller, "9 _ Weeks"; "No Mercy"; Blake Edwards' "Blind Date," in which she starred with Bruce Willis; "Nadine"; and the box-office blockbuster "Batman."

In 1991, Basinger starred in "The Marrying Man," where she met her future husband, Alec Baldwin, with whom she again so-starred in "The Getaway." Her additional starring roles include "Final Analysis," "Cool World," "The Real McCoy" and Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear."

DANNY DeVITO (Sid Hudgens) is one of Hollywood's most recognizable stars and, over the last few years, has become one of its most successful producers as well.

Since making an indelible impression as Martini opposite Jack Nicholson in "One flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," DeVito has starred in a string of successful films. His credits include "Terms of Endearment," "Romancing the Stone," "Jewel of the Nile," "Ruthless People," "Tin Men," "Throw Momma From the Train," "Twins," "The War of the Roses," "Batman Returns," "Hoffa," "Junior," "Get Shorty" and "Matilda."

His television career is highlighted by his role as Louis DePalma, the irascible taxi dispatcher in the long-running "Taxi."

Since 1992, DeVito has branched out into the fields of producing, through his Jersey Films production company, in addition to his successful directing career. His producing credits include "Hoffa," "Pulp Fiction," "Get Shorty," "Sunset Park," "Feeling Minnesota" and "Matilda." He has directed films such as "Throw Momma From the Train," "The War of the Roses," "Hoffa" and "Matilda."

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