Kevin Spacey was born Kevin Spacey Fowler. He was sent to military school for bad behaviour and was later expelled. At Chatsworth High school, he channelled his dramatic tendencies in school plays. He studied acting at Juilliard for two years. His subsequent professional stage roles led to supporting parts in television and movies. He rose to fame in The Usual Suspects. He became a leading man in Hollywood hits including Se7en and American Beauty.