- Met playwright Tony Kushner in the graduate theater program at NYU; Kushner invited him to be in his play The Age of Assassins and began writing roles specifically for him, including the character of Prior Walter in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika.
- His portrayal of Walter in the Angels in America plays earned him two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards and a Theatre World Award.
- TV credits include The Education of Max Bickford, Alias, 24 and Desperate Housewives.
- 1993, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
- 1994, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
- 2000, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
- University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (BFA, 1979); attended Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ; New York University, New York, NY (MFA, 1982)
- Birth Name: Stephen Nicholas Spinella
- Birth Place: Naples, Italy
- Birthday: October 11, 1956, Libra
- Profession: Actor
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