Spalding Gray

Spalding Rockwell Gray (June 5, 1941 – ca. January 11, 2004) was an American actor and writer. He was known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and '90s. Theater critics John Willis and Ben Hodges described his monologue work as "trenchant, personal narratives delivered on sparse, unadorned sets with a dry, WASP, quiet mania".:316 Gray achieved celebrity status for his monologue Swimming to Cambodia, which was adapted into a film in 1987 by filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Other one-man shows by Gray that were captured on film include Monster in a Box and Gray's Anatomy.