Gray achieved renown for his monologue Swimming to Cambodia, which he adapted as a 1987 film in which he starred; it was directed by Jonathan Demme. Other of his monologues which Gray adapted for film were Monster in a Box (1991), directed by Nick Broomfield, and Gray's Anatomy (1996), directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Gray struggled with a lifelong depression and in 2001 he suffered injuries in a car accident that left him further distressed. On January 11, 2004, Spalding Gray died by suicide. He was sixty two years old.
Spalding Rockwell Gray
June 5, 1941 – January 11, 2004