He’s played the president, Hamlet, a cartoon character (Andre the cook) in Tales of Desperaux, and even a cowboy in Silverado during his career, which is closing in on 40 years. Well deserved, the Chicago International Film Festival plans to bestow Academy-Award winning actor Kevin Kline with a Career Achievement Award at its 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel (120 East Delaware Place).
Proceeds benefit Cinema/Chicago, a non-profit arts and education organization that supports an Education Outreach Screening Program, which brings more than 6,000 Chicago Public School students to film screenings each year.
“Kevin Kline’s ability to transfix movie-goers was evident from his earliest appearances in such celebrated films as ‘Sophie’s Choice’ and ‘The Big Chill,’” says the festival’s founder and artistic director, Michael Kutza. “As he matured as an actor, the breadth of his talent has been proven over and over again. From his outrageously comedic turns in A Fish Called Wanda, Dave and In & Out to the heart-wrenching drama of The Ice Storm and Life as a House, Kevin Kline is one of the most versatile performers of his generation and truly deserving of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award.”
The Hollywood evening will consist of a red carpet cocktail hour, a palatable dinner and an impressive silent auction, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Kline showcasing the highlights of his career.