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Frank Langella

Langella at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Frank A. Langella, Jr.
January 1, 1938 (1938-01-01) (age 72)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Ruth Weil (1977-1996)

Frank A. Langella, Jr. (born January 1, 1938)[1][2] is an American stage and film actor. His Tonys include two for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Edward Albee's Seascape (1975), and Ivan Turgenev's Fortune's Fool (2002), and for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon (2008). Langella was nominated for two other Best Leading Actor in a Play Tonys; first in 1978 for the Edward Gorey-designed revival of Bram Stoker's Dracula and again in 2004 for Stephen Belber's Match.

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Personal life

Langella, an Italian American,[3] was born in Bayonne, New Jersey,[4] the son of Frank A. Langella Sr., a business executive.[5] Langella attended Washington Elementary School and Bayonne High School in Bayonne.[6] He graduated from Columbia High School, in the South Orange and Maplewood School District, in 1955, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama. He remains a brother of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.

Langella was married to Ruth Weil from June 14, 1977 to their divorce in 1996. They have two children. He lived with actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg, whom he met on the set of Eddie in 1996, until they separated in March 2001.

Career

Langella made his first foray on stage in New York in William Gibson's A Cry of Players, playing a young, highly fictionalized William Shakespeare, opposite Anne Bancroft at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre in 1968, and won film fame in two 1970 films: Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs and Frank Perry's Diary of a Mad Housewife, being nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the latter. Langella won his first Tony Award for his performance in Edward Albee's Seascape and 1975 and was nominated for another for what may have been the performance for which he was best known for in the early part of his career: the title role of the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula. Despite his initial misgivings about continuing to play the role, he was persuaded to star opposite Laurence Olivier in the subsequent film version directed by John Badham.

He eschewed the career of a traditional film star by always making the stage the focal point of his career, appearing on Broadway in such plays as Sherlock's Last Case, Strindberg's The Father (winning a Drama Desk Award), Match (Tony Award nomination), and Fortune's Fool, for which he won a second Tony Award.

But Langella would continue to juggle film and television with his stage work, playing Sherlock Holmes in an HBO adaptation (1981) of William Gillette's famous stage play. He repeated the role on Broadway in 1987 in Charles Marowitz's play Sherlock's Last Case. That same year, Langella would also portray the villain Skeletor in Masters of the Universe. In 1988, Langella co-starred in the movie And God Created Woman. In 1993 he made a memorable three-episode appearance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the devious Jaro Essa. He also appeared as Al Baker in "Dominance", a 2003 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and had a recurring role as Pino in the 2005 short-lived sitcom Kitchen Confidential. On film, he played Claire Quilty in Adrian Lyne's adaptation of Lolita and appeared as a villainous pirate in the summer 1995 release Cutthroat Island. His film work also includes roles in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) as former CBS chief executive William S. Paley and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns (2006) as Daily Planet editor Perry White. Langella received critical acclaim as well as the Boston Society of Film Critics Award in 2007 for his sensitive portrayal of an elderly novelist in Starting Out in the Evening.

He was cast as Richard M. Nixon in Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, which received enthusiastic reviews during a run at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London before moving to New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April 2007, culminating in Langella's third Tony Award. He reprised the role of Nixon in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard. He received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA nominations for Best Actor for his performance. He was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actor category for the role, losing to Sean Penn's performance in Milk.

In 2000 he played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.[7] He has also appeared in notable off-Broadway productions, including in the title role of Robert Kalfin's Chelsea Theater Center production of The Prince of Homburg, which was filmed by PBS for the Theatre in America series.[8] He recently starred as Sir Thomas More in the 2008 Broadway revival of A Man for All Seasons, which finished its limited run in December.[9]

In late 2009, he starred alongside Cameron Diaz and re-united with Superman Returns co-star James Marsden in the Richard Kelly film The Box.[10]

Langella stars 2010 in the drama-thriller Unknown White Male, which is directed by Jaume-Collet-Serra.[11]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Diary of a Mad Housewife George Prager National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor also for The Twelve Chairs
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male
The Twelve Chairs Ostap Bender National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Diary of a Mad Housewife
1971 The Deadly Trap Philippe
1972 The Wrath of God De La Plata
1974 The Mark of Zorro Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro
1979 Dracula Count Dracula
1981 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
Sphinx Akmed Khazzan
1987 Masters of the Universe Skeletor
1988 And God Created Woman James Tiernan
1991 True Identity Leland Carver
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Santangel
1993 Body of Evidence Jeffrey Roston
Dave White House Chief of Staff Bob Alexander
1994 Brainscan Detective Hayden
Doomsday Gun Gerald Bull
Junior Noah Banes
1995 Cutthroat Island Dawg Brown
1996 Eddie Wild Bill Burgess
The Greatest Pharaohs Himself
1997 Lolita Clare Quilty
1998 Small Soldiers Archer (voice)
1999 The Ninth Gate Boris Balkan
2001 Sweet November Edgar Price
The Beast Jackson Burns
2004 House of D Reverend Duncan
The Novice Father Tew
2005 Back in the Day Lt. Bill Hudson
Now You See It... Max
Sweet William Professor Driskoll
Good Night, and Good Luck. William S. Paley Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 Superman Returns Perry White
10.5 Apocalypse Dr. Earl Hill
2007 Starting Out in the Evening Leonard Schiller Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
2008 The Caller Jimmy Stevens
Frost/Nixon Richard M. Nixon Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Tale of Despereaux the Mayor (voice only)
2009 The Box Arlington Steward
2010 All Good Things TBA Completed
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Lewis Zabel Post-Production

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