For his role as Underwood, he has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14.Spacey's father was unconvinced that Spacey could make a career for himself as an actor, and did not change his mind until Spacey became well-known.Some of Spacey's early roles include a widowed eccentric millionaire on L. Law, the television miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988), opposite Lemmon, and the comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
In 1984, he appeared in a production of David Rabe's Hurlyburly, in which he rotated through each of the male parts (he would later play Mickey in the film version). In 1986, he appeared in a production of Sleuth in a New Jersey dinner theatre.
Although his interest soon turned to film, Spacey remained actively involved in the live theater community.
In 1991, he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Uncle Louie in Neil Simon's Broadway hit Lost in Yonkers.
He started using his middle name "Spacey", which is also his paternal grandmother's maiden name.
The following year, he made his first Broadway appearance, as Oswald in a production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Liv Ullmann.