MCM: Kevin Kline


Having studied at the Juilliard School, Kevin Kline has a strong background in theater, winning three Tony Awards. His film work ranges from comedy to thrillers to, of course, Shakespeare and musicals, and he was awarded his one Oscar for a hilarious performance in A Fish Called Wanda (1989). He’s appeared in many frock flick movies and TV shows, and I hope he’ll do more because he’s a delight to watch.



Nathan in Sophie’s Choice (1982)

Kevin Klein, Sophie's Choice (1982)


The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

Kevin Klein, The Pirates of Penzance (1983). Photo by Bob Willoughby

Photo by Bob Willoughby


Paden in Silverado (1985)

Kevin Klein, Silverado (1985)


Hamlet in “Hamlet,” Great Performances (1990)

Kevin Klein, Hamlet (1990)

One of many filmed versions (usually shown on PBS) of theatrical performances.


Douglas Fairbanks in Chaplin (1992)

Kevin Klein, Chaplin (1992)

With Robert Downey Jr. as Chaplin.


Frixos in Princess Caraboo (1994)


Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)

Kevin Klein, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

Set in the 1890s.

Kevin Klein, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

Then Bottom is turned into an ass!


Artemus Gordon / President Grant in Wild Wild West (1999)

Kevin Klein, Wild Wild West (1999)

As a U.S. Marshal.

Kevin Klein, Wild Wild West (1999)

Undercover in drag.

Kevin Klein, Wild Wild West (1999)

Then as the President.


Cole Porter in De-Lovely (2004)

Kevin Klein, De-Lovely (2004)


Jaques in As You Like It (2006)

Kevin Klein, As You Like It (2006)


Cyrano de Bergerac in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Great Performances (2008)

Kevin Klein, Cyrano de Bergerac (2008)

Another filmed performance. This photo might be from Broadway.


Edwin Stanton in The Conspirator (2010)

Kevin Klein, The Conspirator (2010)


Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

Kevin Klein, The Last of Robin Hood (2013)


Garry Essendine in “Present Laughter,” Great Performances (2017)

Kevin Klein, Present Laughter (2017)

The Broadway performance was shown on PBS.


The Diary (post-production, 2022)

The Diary (post-production, 2022)

Kline has a role in this upcoming 1930s-set film being made by Jackie Chan.




What’s your favorite of Kevin Kline’s historical costume movie or TV roles?

11 Responses

  1. MJ

    Just rewatched French Kiss this weekend and remembered how much I love Kevin Kline – so many fun performances here, even some when the movie itself was lackluster (Wild Wild West – I loved him in it). Need to rewatch Chaplin!

  2. Susanne Vanderhoef

    Wild Wild West deserved so much more effort than it got – nevertheless, I did love him as Artemus Gordon. And his Bottom is an absolute heartbreaker – the pathos he brings out of the character is something I’d never seen before, and it’s LOVELY.

  3. Suzanne

    Pirates of Penzance. Rex Smith was supposed to be the teen heart throb, but we all loved Kevin.

  4. Coco

    He played Belle’s father in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” That’s fairly frock flicky.
    I read once that he was supposed to play Peter Pan in “Hook,” but was stuck doing reshoots for “Soapdish” so Robin Williams took over.

  5. Heather Ripley

    He is such a talent!

    Not a FF but if you love his comedy you must check out “I Love You To Death” with Tracy Ullman. Hillarious film!

  6. Kaite Fink

    Even in ‘meh’ movies, he’s excellent and often the best part of the show, (like Wild, Wild West). Love his Shakespeare roles and in A Fish…

  7. Jamie

    I saw him in Joseph Papp’s Pirates of Penzance and the film truly didn’t do the casts brilliance justice. it was incredible. he’s phenomenal in EVERYTHING he does. even the horrific Wild Wild West.

  8. Lily Lotus Rose

    He is always brilliant. Of the choices here, my fave role is as Garry Essendine in Present Laughter. But I also loved him as Cyrano. He was truly creepy in The Last Days of Errol Flynn (and that was in keeping with the nature of the story and the casting).

  9. Kelly

    He’s the best Pirate King–so physical and holding those notes for an impossibly long time, while being utterly hilarious. And his Nick Bottom, as the dreamy boulevardier–so poignant and sweet!


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