Frank Langella

Actor, Theatrical producer, Theatrical director
Frank Langella's status as one of the most highly regarded actors of the American stage was well-deserved, as his grand presence earned two Tony Awards by the time he was 30 years old. During his career of 75-plus stage ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (93)

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet 2015 (Movie)

The Pasha (Voice)

The Driftless Area 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crossroads 2014 (Movie)

Father Tew (Actor)

Draft Day 2014 (Movie)

Anthony Molina (Actor)

Grace of Monaco 2014 (Movie)

Father Tucker (Actor)

How You Look to Me 2014 (Movie)

Professor Driskoll (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Beefeater Vicar (Actor)

Noah 2014 (Movie)

Og (Voice)

Parts Per Billion 2014 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Genius on Hold 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Khalil Gibran's The Prophet 2013 (Movie)

The Pasha (Actor)

Robot & Frank 2012 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Time Being 2011 (Movie)

Warner (Actor)

Unknown 2011 (Movie)

Rodney Cole (Actor)

All Good Things 2010 (Movie)

Sanford Marks (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps 2010 (Movie)

Louis Zabel (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Box 2009 (Movie)

Arlington Steward (Actor)

The Caller 2009 (Movie)

Jimmy Stevens (Actor)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

Richard Nixon (Actor)

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Mayor (Actor)

Starting Out in the Evening 2007 (Movie)

Leonard Schiller (Actor)

10.5 Apocalypse 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

Back in the Day 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

William Paley (Actor)

House of D 2005 (Movie)

Reverend Duncan (Actor)

Now You See It 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Rajapur 2005 (Movie)

Ned Bears (Actor)

Unscripted 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

Edgar Price (Actor)

The Beast 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jason and the Argonauts (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stardom 2000 (Movie)

Blaine de Castillon (Actor)

The Greatest Pharoahs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Ninth Gate 2000 (Movie)

Boris Balkan (Actor)

I'm Losing You 1999 (Movie)

Perry Needham Krohn (Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Alegria 1998 (Movie)

Fleur (Actor)

Dark Summer 1998 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

Clare Quilty (Actor)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

of Archer (Voice)

Stephen Hawking's Universe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Eddie 1996 (Movie)

Wild Bill Burgess (Actor)

Mummies! Tales From the Egyptian Crypts 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Bad Company 1995 (Movie)

Vic Grimes (Actor)

Cutthroat Island 1995 (Movie)

Dawg (Actor)

Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Brainscan 1994 (Movie)

Detective Hayden (Actor)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

Noah Banes (Actor)

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

Jeffrey Roston (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Bob Alexander (Actor)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

1492: The Conquest of Paradise 1992 (Movie)

Luis de Santangel (Actor)

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

Frank Luchino/Leland Carver (Actor)

The Magic Balloon 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

And God Created Woman 1988 (Movie)

James Tiernan (Actor)

Dr. Paradise 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of the Universe 1987 (Movie)

Skeletor (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Men's Club 1986 (Movie)

Harold Canterbury (Actor)

I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Sherlock Holmes 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

Ahmed Khazzan (Actor)

Dracula 1979 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

Those Lips Those Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Harry Crystal (Actor)

The Prince of Homburg 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Eccentricities of a Nightingale 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ambassador 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mark of Zorro 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seagull 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrath of God 1971 (Movie)

Tomas De La Plata (Actor)

Diary of a Mad Housewife 1970 (Movie)

George Prager (Actor)

La Maison Sous les Arbres 1970 (Movie)

Husband (Actor)

The Twelve Chairs 1969 (Movie)

Ostap Bender (Actor)

Balanchine (TV Show)

Narrator

Cry Baby Lane (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Gun (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty (TV Show)

Actor

Moses (TV Show)

Actor

Stella Adler: Awake and Dream (TV Show)

Narrator

The Americans (Tv Show)

Actor

The Water is Wide (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Frank Langella's status as one of the most highly regarded actors of the American stage was well-deserved, as his grand presence earned two Tony Awards by the time he was 30 years old. During his career of 75-plus stage plays and three dozen films, Langella, with his penchant for bold, romantic leads and chilly villains, was entrusted with such classic characters as Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Cyrano de Bergerac. He favored period classics during his early years, but middle age found him more at ease in contemporary film drama, where he earned critical notice for "Dave" (1993), "Good Night and Good Luck" (2005) and a portrayal of Richard Nixon that migrated from the West End to Broadway to movie screens in "Frost/Nixon" (2008). Even as high profile film roles eventually brought the actor mainstream recognition, Langella maintained his residency in the world of professional thespians rather than being a Hollywood commodity.

Relationships

Whoopi Goldberg Actor

Companion
Met in 1995 while co-starring in "Eddie" (1996) Dated from October 1995 until early 2000

Ruth Weil

Wife
Married from 1977-1995 mother of his two children

EDUCATION

Studied with Elia Kazan at the Lincoln Center Repertory Company

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1959

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the HBO drama "The Miraculous Year"

2011

Starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company production "Man and Boy"

2010

Co-starred in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to his 1987 Academy Award-winning film

2010

Played Ryan Gosling's controlling father in "All Good Things"

2009

Cast in Richard Kelly's horror film "The Box"

2008

Reprised role of Richard Nixon for the film adaption of "Frost/Nixon"; directed by Ron Howard; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2007

Won a Tony award playing Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's acclaimed Broadway drama "Frost/Nixon"

2007

Played an aging writer in "Starting Out in the Evening"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actor

2006

Cast as Clark Kent's boss Perry White in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns"

2005

Co-starred in David Duchovny's directorial debut "House of D"

2005

Starred in the George Clooney-directed "Goodnight, and Good Luck"

2003

Played Tobi Powell, an aging choreographer and dance teacher in the play "Match"; received a Tony nomination

2002

Appeared opposite Alan Bates in "Fortune's Fool" on Broadway

2001

Portrayed a shark-like executive in a memorable cameo in the remake of "Sweet November"

2001

Co-starred with Joan Collins in the London stage production of "Moon Over Buffalo" (retitled as "Over the Moon); withdrew from production shortly after the opening

2000

Appeared in NBC miniseries "Jason and the Argonauts"

1999

Played a seemingly fit TV producer who discovers that he stands a good chance of dying within the year of inoperable cancer in "I'm Losing You"

1998

Provided the voice of Archer for Joe Dante's "Toy Soldiers"

1997

Played Claire Quilty in Adrian Lyne's version of "Lolita" (banned from feature release in the U.S.; aired on Showtime in August 1998)

1997

Directed, starred in the title role, and adapted Edmund Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" in an intimate off-Broadway setting

1996

Earned acclaim for his Broadway turn as hammy actor Garry Essedine in a revival of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter"

1996

Played the Pharaoh to Ben Kingsley's "Moses" (TNT)

1996

Earned positive reviews playing the title role in the revival of August Strindberg's searing play "The Father"

1996

Co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the film comedy "Eddie"

1994

Appeared as family patriarch Junius Brutus Booth in New York stage production of Austin Pendleton's "Booth"

1993

Portrayed evil White House chief of staff in "Dave"

1993

Starred opposite Madonna (as her ex-lover) in the uneven thriller "Body of Evidence"

1991

Made musical comedy stage debut as Henry Higgins in the Houston Grand Opera staging of "My Fair Lady"

1987

Produced and starred on Broadway as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock's Last Case"

1987

Went unrecognizable as the villain Skeletor in "Masters of the Universe"

1985

Returned to Broadway as Eddie in David Rabe's acclaimed "Hurlyburly"

1984

Produced and starred as Quentin in off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "After the Fall"

1984

Co-starred with Jill Clayburgh in Noel Coward's "Design for Living"

1982

Played Salieri on Broadway in "Amadeus"

1980

Directed playwright Albert Innaurato's "Passione" on Broadway

1980

Undertook role of "Cyrano de Bergerac" for a second time at the Williamstown Theater Festival

1979

Reprised "Dracula" for the screen

1977

Scored Broadway triumph in the title role of "Dracula"; earned a Best Actor Tony nomination

1976

Starred with Blythe Danner in Tennessee Williams' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" at the Williamstown Theater Festival

1975

Appeared in the Williamstown staging of "The Seagull"; filmed for public television's "Theater in America"

1975

Broadway debut as a lizard in Edward Albee's "Seascape"; earned a Best Supporting Actor Tony

1974

First TV-movie, "The Mark of Zorro" (ABC), playing the title role

1973

Made TV debut on an episode of the short-lived romantic anthology series "Love Story" (NBC)

1970

Cast in the title role of "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the Williamstown Theater Festival

1969

Film debut, "Diary of a Mad Housewife"; also acted that year in Mel Brooks' "The Twelve Chairs"

1968

Stage directing debut with "John and Abigail"

1968

Portrayed a young Will Shakespeare in the stage drama "A Cry of Players"

1967

First appeared onstage in the play "Dracula"

1967

Acted in the innaugural performance of "The Devils" at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum

1963

New York stage debut, "The Immoralist"

1959

Toured Europe with folk-singing group

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