Spalding Gray

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Birthday
5, 1941
Birthplace
Providence, RI
Death Date
Jan 11, 2004 (62)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
5, 1941
Birthplace
Providence, RI
Death Date
Jan 11, 2004 (62)

About

American actor and writer whose autobiographical monologue, "Swimming to Cambodia," received widespread acclaim and was adapted into a 1987 film. He also wrote and performed several one-man shows, including "Monster in a Box" and "Gray's Anatomy."

Before Fame

He attended Emerson College and later moved to San Francisco, where he became a poetry teacher at the Esalen Institute. In 1970, he became a member of The Performance Group, an experimental theatrical troupe helmed by Richard Schechner.

Trivia

His "Swimming to Cambodia" monologue earned him both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Book Award.

Family Life

He married his first wife, Renee Shafransky, in 1991. His decade-long marriage to second wife, Kathleen Russo, ended with his 2004 suicide. He had two sons, Forrest and Theo.

Associated With

He appeared in the movie, Kate & Leopold, starring Hugh Jackman.