Spalding Gray

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Spalding Rockwell Gray (June 5, 1941 – ca. January 10, 2004) was an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, performance artist, and monologuist. He was primarily known for his "trenchant, personal narratives delivered on sparse, unadorned sets with a dry, WASP, quiet mania." Gray achieved celebrity for writing and acting in the play Swimming to Cambodia, adapted into a film in 1987. He began his career in regional theatre, moved to New York in 1967 and three years later joined Richard Schechner's experimental troupe, the Performance Group. He co-founded the Wooster Group ensemble in 1975. He died in New York City of an apparent suicide. A documentary film about his life, entitled And Everything is Going Fine, was released in 2010 and is directed by Steven Soderbergh. Description above from the Wikipedia article Spalding Gray, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Kate & Leopold (2001)

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When her scientist ex-boyfriend discovers a portal to travel through time -- and brings back a 19th-century nobleman named Leopold to prove it -- a skeptical Kate reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century. The more time Kate spends with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Breckin Meyer

When her scientist ex-boyfriend discovers a portal to travel through time -- and brings back a 19th-century nobleman named Leopold to prove it -- a skeptical Kate reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century. The more time Kate spends with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Liev Schreiber  •  Breckin Meyer

Beaches (1988)

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Barbara Hershey  •  John Heard  •  Spalding Gray

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Barbara Hershey  •  John Heard  •  Spalding Gray

Beyond Rangoon (1995)

Dr. Laura Bowman is a young widow who's unwittingly drawn into political turmoil while vacationing in Burma in the late 1980s. Bowman initially left San Francisco with her sister in an attempt to escape painful memories of her husband and son's violent deaths. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boorman
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Frances McDormand  •  U Aung Ko  •  Spalding Gray

Dr. Laura Bowman is a young widow who's unwittingly drawn into political turmoil while vacationing in Burma in the late 1980s. Bowman initially left San Francisco with her sister in an attempt to escape painful memories of her husband and son's violent deaths. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boorman
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Frances McDormand  •  U Aung Ko  •  Spalding Gray

Clara's Heart (1988)

David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Neil Patrick Harris

David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Neil Patrick Harris

How High (2001)

Multi-platinum rap superstars Redman and Method Man star as Jamal and Silas, two regular guys who smoke something magical, ace their college entrance exams and wind up at Harvard. Ivy League ways are strange but Silas and Jamal take it in a stride -- until their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jesse Dylan
CAST:  Method Man  •  Redman  •  Obba Babatundé  •  Mike Epps

Multi-platinum rap superstars Redman and Method Man star as Jamal and Silas, two regular guys who smoke something magical, ace their college entrance exams and wind up at Harvard. Ivy League ways are strange but Silas and Jamal take it in a stride -- until their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jesse Dylan
CAST:  Method Man  •  Redman  •  Obba Babatundé  •  Mike Epps

Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985)

Natalie allows her classmate Jeff, who ran away from home after a fight with his stepfather, to stay at her place while her father is away on a business trip. Natalie soon starts dating Jeff's friend James Casey, who isn't as faithful as she thinks, while her best ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Linda Feferman
CAST:  Jennifer Connelly  •  Byron Thames  •  Maddie Corman  •  Alan Boyce

Natalie allows her classmate Jeff, who ran away from home after a fight with his stepfather, to stay at her place while her father is away on a business trip. Natalie soon starts dating Jeff's friend James Casey, who isn't as faithful as she thinks, while her best ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Linda Feferman
CAST:  Jennifer Connelly  •  Byron Thames  •  Maddie Corman  •  Alan Boyce

Straight Talk (1992)

Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barnet Kellman
CAST:  Dolly Parton  •  James Woods  •  Griffin Dunne  •  Michael Madsen

Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barnet Kellman
CAST:  Dolly Parton  •  James Woods  •  Griffin Dunne  •  Michael Madsen

Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Spalding Gray

Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Spalding Gray

The Killing Fields (1984)

The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Joffé
CAST:  Sam Waterston  •  Haing S. Ngor  •  John Malkovich  •  Julian Sands

The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Joffé
CAST:  Sam Waterston  •  Haing S. Ngor  •  John Malkovich  •  Julian Sands

The Paper (1994)

Henry Hackett is the workaholic editor of a New York City tabloid. He loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet-man Alicia Clark—Henry's nemesis—impose unpopular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Duvall  •  Glenn Close  •  Marisa Tomei

Henry Hackett is the workaholic editor of a New York City tabloid. He loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet-man Alicia Clark—Henry's nemesis—impose unpopular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Duvall  •  Glenn Close  •  Marisa Tomei

True Stories (1986)

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A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Byrne
CAST:  David Byrne  •  John Goodman  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Spalding Gray

A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Byrne
CAST:  David Byrne  •  John Goodman  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Spalding Gray

Twenty Bucks (1993)

A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keva Rosenfeld
CAST:  Linda Hunt  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  George Morfogen

A story about the life of a twenty dollar bill as it weaves in and out of the various lives of several people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keva Rosenfeld
CAST:  Linda Hunt  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  George Morfogen

Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure (1988)

Monologue by Spalding Gray about his misadventures in purchasing a home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Schlamme
CAST:  Spalding Gray  •  Bonnie Crotty  •  Ron Dunham  •  Bob Egan

Monologue by Spalding Gray about his misadventures in purchasing a home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Schlamme
CAST:  Spalding Gray  •  Bonnie Crotty  •  Ron Dunham  •  Bob Egan

King of the Hill (1993)

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jesse Bradford  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Karen Allen

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jesse Bradford  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Karen Allen

Gray's Anatomy (1996)

The film documents, in an often dramatic and humorous fashion, Gray's investigations into alternative medicine for an eye condition (Macular pucker) he had developed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Spalding Gray  •  Mike McLaughlin  •  Melissa Robertson  •  Alyne Hargroder

The film documents, in an often dramatic and humorous fashion, Gray's investigations into alternative medicine for an eye condition (Macular pucker) he had developed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Spalding Gray  •  Mike McLaughlin  •  Melissa Robertson  •  Alyne Hargroder

Glory Daze (1995)

Jack, a soon-to-be graduate, finds he's having a difficult time letting go of the college life -- and decides maybe he doesn't have to. Also questioning whether there's life after college are Jack's roommates: Rob, who fears domestication; comic-strip artist Mickey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rich Wilkes
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Megan Ward  •  French Stewart

Jack, a soon-to-be graduate, finds he's having a difficult time letting go of the college life -- and decides maybe he doesn't have to. Also questioning whether there's life after college are Jack's roommates: Rob, who fears domestication; comic-strip artist Mickey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rich Wilkes
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Megan Ward  •  French Stewart

Monster in a Box (1992)

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This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Broomfield
CAST:  Spalding Gray

This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living, and dealing with success while trying to be successful.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Broomfield
CAST:  Spalding Gray

Bliss (1997)

A newly married happy couple visits a sex therapist to determine why the wife can't achieve an orgasm with her husband. This causes a horrific suppressed memory to emerge and she becomes more and more distant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Young
CAST:  Craig Sheffer  •  Sheryl Lee  •  Terence Stamp  •  Casey Siemaszko

A newly married happy couple visits a sex therapist to determine why the wife can't achieve an orgasm with her husband. This causes a horrific suppressed memory to emerge and she becomes more and more distant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Young
CAST:  Craig Sheffer  •  Sheryl Lee  •  Terence Stamp  •  Casey Siemaszko

Zelda (1993)

Famous 1920s modernist writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his eccentric Flapper socialite wife Zelda Sayre's relationship began quite passionately, but he slowly fell into alcoholism and she was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Natasha Richardson  •  Timothy Hutton  •  Spalding Gray  •  Daniel Gerroll

Famous 1920s modernist writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his eccentric Flapper socialite wife Zelda Sayre's relationship began quite passionately, but he slowly fell into alcoholism and she was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Natasha Richardson  •  Timothy Hutton  •  Spalding Gray  •  Daniel Gerroll

Heavy Petting (1989)

Celebrities and creatives -- including musician David Byrne, performance artist Spalding Gray, comedian Sandra Bernhard, radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and poet Allen Ginsberg-- recall their earliest sexual experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Obie Benz
CAST:  David Byrne  •  Sandra Bernhard  •  Frances Fisher  •  Abbie Hoffman

Celebrities and creatives -- including musician David Byrne, performance artist Spalding Gray, comedian Sandra Bernhard, radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and poet Allen Ginsberg-- recall their earliest sexual experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Obie Benz
CAST:  David Byrne  •  Sandra Bernhard  •  Frances Fisher  •  Abbie Hoffman
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