The actor impersonated Jimmy Stewart as he read Carol Burnett a poem on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

By Aurelie Corinthios
Updated September 17, 2015 09:25 AM
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Kevin Spacey‘s Jimmy Stewart impression will make fans laugh and cry – and it did just that to Carol Burnett.

The House of Cards actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday and surprised Burnett with a touching impression of the legendary actor, who was her dear friend.

While Burnett, 82, was finishing up her interview, new host Colbert brought up the fact that one of the last guests to appear on her former show, The Carol Burnett Show, was her “idol” Stewart.

“I loved him so much,” Burnett said. “I grew up loving Jimmy Stewart as an actor and then as a person once I got to know him.”

This was Colbert’s cue to bring Spacey, 56, out on stage appearing as somebody else.

Burnett appeared confused until Spacey – who idolicizes Burnett – opened his mouth and began a spot-on impression of the late actor, bringing her to tears.

“I wanted to come out here tonight for you, Carol, because you may remember I used to go on the The Johnny Carson Show, and I’d read a poem every now and then,” said Spacey as Stewart before reading a touching poem praising Burnett and her accomplishments.

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Spacey and Burnett are just a few of the actors and celebrities to have appeared on Colbert’s show since he first took the hosting seat on Sept. 8. – the comedian made a fake film with George Clooney, laid on a blanket under the stars with Scarlett Johansson and had Joe Biden pay an emotional tribute to his late son Beau.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.