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    Kevin Spacey and Raising the Bar

    The title of this TNT TV show I found very ironic in that it deals with lawyers doing off the wall cases, but I was especially intrigued with what I thought was Kevin Spacey.

    Upon Herman researching the cast on the internet, others also mistook actor Currie Graham, formerly of NYPD Blue, for Spacey. He’s got the right look and even sounds like him.

    Graham is the head of the firm and I really thought he was Spacey.

    Of course, I haven’t seen Spacey in a long time.

    I used to wait on Kevin on a regular basis both in New York and Los Angeles. He used to frequent both places I worked at in New York City and Los Angeles. He may be best known for “The Usual Suspects” or “American Beauty,” but when I knew him he was just breaking into the big time.

    Spacey was very relaxed and laid back when I waited on him at Columbus Restaurant in New York and the West Beach Café in L.A. He was always bemused at the attention he was given and shied away from any celebrity treatment.

    I remember at Columbus Restaurant, in New York, owners Charlie and Paul Herman were always making a big fuss over any celebrity that came in. They were absolutely gushing over Spacey because he obviously didn’t want any special notoriety or attention.

    To get away from that, the hostess would take him to a quiet table away from the fray. I remember he always made eye contact, asked how I was and was a great tipper.

    I had a suspicion he was once a waiter himself. I know Edie Falco and I both didn’t like any patron who wouldn’t make eye contact or treat us like we were the hired underlings.

    When Spacey came into the restaurant, there was no entourage. He usually came in alone. I remember him remarking he didn’t want to be in a limousine carted around. My feeling was that he took the subway or a taxi. I could be wrong, but I rarely read people wrong and that’s the way he struck me.

    As his career began to soar, I saw him less and less. I’m guessing it wasn’t because he didn’t want to be “seen,” but that he was just too busy.

    So I am recommending “Raising the Bar,” even though Currie Graham is just a Spacey look alike. Graham also happens to be a good actor and very watchable. Raising the Bar is on 10 p.m. on TNT Monday nights in reruns from last season.

    And being a Kevin Spacey look alike isn’t such a bad thing.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com