Oscar and Tony Award winner and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey is set to host the 71st annual Tony Awards, which will take place Sunday, June 11 at Radio City Music Hall.
“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year's Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” said Spacey in a statement. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”
“We're excited to be working with a witty and charming host who is not only a Tony-winning actor and fan of live theatre, he's also a president who is a true champion of the arts,” said Executive Producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.
Spacey won Academy Awards for his performances in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He currently stars as Frank Underwood on the Netflix drama House of Cards, for which he has received a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
In 1991, Spacey won a Tony Award for his role as Louie in Lost in Yonkers. He received a subsequent nomination for The Iceman Cometh, and last appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten. His additional stage credits include Long Day's Journey Into Night, Hurlyburly, and Ghosts. He also served as the artistic director of the Old Vic from 2003 to 2015, during which time he appeared in such productions as Richard II, Inherit the Wind and Richard III.
Take a look at Spacey in Richard III in its New York engagement below.
The 71st annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing, will air on CBS at 8 PM on June 11.