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Spalding Gray

Biography

Monologuist, professional, and novelist Spalding Grey was created June 5, 1941 in Barrington, Rhode Isle; after co-founding the experimental theatrical firm the Wooster Group in 1977, he finished his first main monologue, Sex and Loss of life to this 14, executing the piece through the entire U.S. and European countries. His function off-Broadway and in movies helped him property a small function in Roland Joffé’s 1984 feature The Getting rid of Fields, an event that became the foundation of Gray’s discovery piece Going swimming to Cambodia; originally working four hours long, the monologue was edited to 80 a few minutes when in 1987 it reached theaters being a film directed by Jonathan Demme. Monster within a Container (1991), aimed by Nick Broomfield, worried Gray’s attempts to finish his epic book Impossible Vacation, released the following calendar year; another feature film, the Steven Soderbergh-helmed Gray’s Anatomy, implemented in 1996. The compact disk model of his monologue From the Slippery Slope made an appearance two years afterwards. Gray sustained serious injuries within a head-on car collision while on holiday in Ireland during 2001, as well as the collision and its own aftermath exacerbated the unhappiness he had experienced for a long time. In January 2004, Grey was declared lacking in NY, and 8 weeks afterwards, on March 7, 2004, his body was taken in the East River. It had been presumed that he previously dedicated suicide by jumping from the Staten Isle ferry.

Quick Facts


Full Name Spalding Gray
Died January 11, 2004, East River, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Performer
Education Emerson College
Nationality American
Spouse Kathleen Russo, Renee Shafransky
Children Forrest Dylan Gray, Theo Spalding Gray
Parents Rockwell Gray, Sr., Margaret Elizabeth Horton
Siblings Channing Gray, Rockwell Gray, Jr.
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, Obie Award for Special Citations
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Movies Swimming to Cambodia, And Everything Is Going Fine, The Killing Fields, Gray's Anatomy, Monster in a Box, Beaches, Kate & Leopold, Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure, True Stories, Beyond Rangoon, King of the Hill, Diabolique, The Paper, Clara's Heart, How High, Drunks, Twenty Bucks, Straight Talk, Bad Company, Heavy Petting, Stars and Bars, Bliss, Hard Choices, Julie Johnson, Coming Soon, The Image, Variety, Seven Minutes in Heaven, Devil Rider, The Pickle, Zelda, Revolution #9, What You Mean We?, Cowards


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#Fact
1 Reported missing after after disappearing from his Manhattan home. [January 2004]
2 After being reported missing on January 10th, the police pulled his body from the East River at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 07, 2004. The body was found off the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, near Kent Avenue. [March 2004]
3 (November 1999 - January 2000) New monologue at Lincoln Center, "Morning, Noon and Night"
4 Biography in "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives," Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 215-218. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5 Biography/bibliography in "Contemporary Authors," New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 184-190. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
6 His depression worsened when his family moved from the house he loved in Sag Harbor to one he hated in New Haven.
7 Had two sons with Kathleen Russo: Forrest and Theo.
8 Said that only his children could make him laugh
9 Was claustrophobic.
10 His mother committed suicide in 1967; Gray sometimes referred in his monologues to a desire to do the same.
11 Suffered severe injuries in a 2001 automobile accident in Ireland. At the time of his disappearance in January 2004, it was reported that Gray had been working on a new monologue based upon his experience and recovery after the accident. According to some published reports, Gray suffered from depression which intensified after the accident.
12 Was reported missing on Sunday, January 10, 2004. His body was found in the East River (New York City) on March 7, 2004.
13 The directors of the filmed versions of Gray's monologues Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure (1988), Monster in a Box (1992) and Gray's Anatomy (1996) , are all considered to be of the first rank: respectively Jonathan Demme, Thomas Schlamme (multi Emmy-winning producer and director of The West Wing (1999)), Nick Broomfield (renowned British documentary maker) and Steven Soderbergh.
14 Graduated from Emerson College.
15 All of Spalding Gray's monologues were initially performed in The Performing Garage in Soho in New York City and/or Lincoln Center in New York City before being set to film.
16 Best known for his monologue films Swimming to Cambodia (1987), Monster in a Box (1992), and Gray's Anatomy (1996), in which the sole action in the film is Gray sitting at a microphone telling his stories.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Paper Mache Chase 2003 Short Dr. Calhoun
How High 2001 Prof. Jackson
Kate & Leopold 2001 Dr. Geisler
Revolution #9 2001 Scooter McCrae
Julie Johnson 2001 Mr. Tom Miranda
The Mike O'Malley Show 1999 TV Series Professor Beaumont
Coming Soon 1999 Mr. Jennings
The Nanny 1997-1998 TV Series Dr. Jack Miller
Bliss 1997 Alfred
Jimmy Zip 1996 Short
Diabolique 1996 Simon Veatch
Glory Daze 1995 Jack's Dad
Drunks 1995 Louis
Beyond Rangoon 1995 Jeremy Watt
Bad Company 1995 Walter Curl
The Paper 1994 Paul Bladden
Zelda 1993 TV Movie Sayre
King of the Hill 1993 Mr. Mungo
The Pickle 1993 Doctor
Twenty Bucks 1993 Priest
Straight Talk 1992 Dr. Erdman
To Save a Child 1991 TV Movie Hobart
The Image 1990 TV Movie Frank Goodrich
Great Performances 1989 TV Series Stage Manager
Beaches 1988 Dr. Richard Milstein
Clara's Heart 1988 Peter Epstein
Stars and Bars 1988 Reverend T.J. Cardew
What You Mean We? 1987 TV Movie Talk Show Host (voice)
Trying Times 1987 TV Series Gary
Spenser: For Hire 1987 TV Series Edward Niles
True Stories 1986 Earl Culver
Alive from Off Center 1986 TV Series Talk Show Host
Seven Minutes in Heaven 1985 Dr. Rodney
Almost You 1985 Travel agent
Hard Choices 1985 Terry Norfolk
The Killing Fields 1984 U.S. Consul
Variety 1983 voice
Anybody's Woman 1981 Short
Maraschino Cherry 1978 Penny's Client with Beard (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 1977 TV Series Narrator of 'Brides'
The Farmer's Daughters 1976 George (as Spaulding Gray, Spalding Gray)
Love-In '72 1970 Radical at Party

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gray's Anatomy 1996 monologue
Monster in a Box 1992
Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure 1988 writer
Trying Times 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Swimming to Cambodia 1987
Alive from Off Center 1985 TV Series 1 episode
Spalding Gray's Map of L.A. 1984 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And Everything Is Going Fine 2010 Documentary Himself
Gray Memorial 2005 Documentary short
New York: A Documentary Film 1999-2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Comentator
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Experience 1997-1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Daily Show 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
Gray's Anatomy 1996 Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993-1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1993 TV Series Himself - Guest
Monster in a Box 1992 Himself
Caffe Lena 1990 Documentary
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1990 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Heavy Petting 1989 Documentary Himself
Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure 1988 Himself
Spalding Gray: A Life in Progress 1988 TV Short Himself
Swimming to Cambodia 1987 Himself
The Communists Are Comfortable 1985 Documentary
Alive from Off Center 1985 TV Series Himself
Spalding Gray's Map of L.A. 1984 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yarns to Be Spun on the Way to the Happy Home 2007 Short Himself
Laurie Anderson: Collected Videos 1990 Video Himself - Interviewer (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
1988 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Swimming to Cambodia (1987)


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#Quote
1 [on Roland Joffé] He has the demeanour of Christ, the eyes of Rasputin and the body of Zorro.

#Trademark
1 New England accent

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