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Stephen Spinella Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Oct 11, 1956
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Actor Stephen Spinella grew up in sunny Glendale, AZ, and fell in love with theater by witnessing a performance in a high school play. In an effort to realize his life's calling, the blossoming thespian moved to Manhattan in 1979 and sustained himself for years with a lengthy series of odd jobs while tackling theatrical roles in off-Broadway and regional productions. Spinella finally broke through to widespread acclaim in the early '90s, via a shattering performance as the AIDS-stricken Prior Walter in a two-play series by [[Performer~P278104~Tony Kushner~tonykushner]]: [[Feature~V299769~Angels in America Part I: The Milennium Approaches~angelsinamerica]], and [[Feature~V299769~Angels in America Part II: Perestroika~angelsinamerica]]. For the dazzling evocation, Spinella won two consecutive Tony Awards for Best Actor: one in 1993 and another in 1994. That, in turn, opened the floodgates to a lengthy series of film roles, with the openly homosexual Spinella frequently gravitating (though not always) to gay-themed material onscreen. Contributions in this arena included a substantial role in HBO's groundbreaking miniseries [[Feature~V2221~And the Band Played On~andthebandplayedon]] (1993); the seriocomedy [[Feature~V154582~Love! Valour! Compassion!~lovevalourcompassion]] (1997), adapted for the big screen from [[Performer~P493586~Terrence McNally~terrencemcnally]]'s popular play; and [[Performer~P115102~Gus Van Sant~gusvansant]]'s [[Performer~P604286~Harvey Milk~harveymilk]] biopic [[Feature~V425182~Milk~milk]] (2008) as attorney Rick Stokes. Additional features to showcase Spinella's talents include [[Feature~V134885~Virtuosity~virtuosity]] (1995), [[Feature~V158835~Great Expectations~greatexpectations]] (1998), and [[Feature~V294962~House of D~houseofd]]; he is best known to many, however, as Miles on the fifth season of the small-screen thriller [[Feature~V257810~24~24[tvseries]]]. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi