Born Kevin Delaney Kline on October 24, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, Kline is stage and film actor. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. He started his career in 1972 with The Acting Company. He won two Tony Awards for his work in On the Twentieth Century and The Pirates of Penzance. He was in Henry IV and he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.
In 1982 he starred opposite Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. He won and an Oscar in1988 for his part in A Fish Called Wanda. He has been nominated for an Emmy, BAFTA Awards and several Golden Globe Awards. Kline acted in The Big Chill in 1983, Cry Freedom in 1987, Dave in 1993, The Ice Storm in 1997 and De-Lovely in 2004.
In 1970 Kline was given a scholarship to the Drama Division at Juilliard. With David Ogden Stiers and Patti LuPone, Kline traveled across the U.S. performing Shakespeare's plays and the musical The Robber Bridegroom. He left the Acting Company, moved to New York and played Woody Reed in Search for Tomorrow. He returned to the stage in Dance on a Country Grave.
Kline picks and chooses his films and has developed a reputation for picking just the right parts. He played opposite Jennifer Garner in the Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac in 2008. Kline won a Screen Actors Guild award for his part in As You Like it.
Kline and Phoebe Cates were married in 1989. They live in New York and have two children. One, Greta, is a musician performing as Frankie Cosmos. Kline is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.