Frank A. Langella Jr.
January 1, 1938
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
(m. 1977;div. 1996)
|Partner(s)||Whoopi Goldberg (1996–2001)|
Frank A. Langella Jr. ( // ; born January 1, 1938) is an American stage and film actor. He has won four Tony Awards: two for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon and as André in Florian Zeller's The Father , and two for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performances in Edward Albee's Seascape and Ivan Turgenev's Fortune's Fool . His reprisal of the Nixon role in the film production of Frost/Nixon earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Langella has starred in films such as Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs (1970), Dracula (1979), Masters of the Universe (1987), Dave (1993), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Starting Out in the Evening (2007), Robot & Frank (2012), Captain Fantastic (2016), and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020). He is also known for his performances in the HBO television films Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013), and All the Way (2016). He had a recurring role as Gabriel, the KGB handler for the lead characters, in the FX series The Americans (2013–2017), and has played Sebastian Piccirillo in the Showtime series Kidding (2018–2020).
Langella, an Italian American,was born January 1, 1938, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of Angelina and Frank A. Langella Sr. (d. 1991), a business executive who was president of the Bayonne Barrel and Drum Company. Langella attended Washington Elementary School and Bayonne High School in Bayonne. After the family moved to South Orange, New Jersey, he graduated from Columbia High School, in the South Orange-Maplewood School District, in 1955, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama.
Langella appeared off-Broadway (e.g. in The Immoralist at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 1963,and Robert Lowell's The Old Glory in 1965) before he made his first foray on a Broadway stage in New York in Federico García Lorca's Yerma at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center, on December 8, 1966. He followed this role by appearing in William Gibson's A Cry of Players, playing a young, highly fictionalized William Shakespeare, opposite Anne Bancroft at the same venue in 1968.
He 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 in 1975 and was nominated again for what may have been the performance for which he was best known 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 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 a 1981 adaptation of William Gillette's play Sherlock Holmes . 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 , which he has described as one of his favorite roles.In 1988, Langella co-starred in the film And God Created Woman .
In 1993, he made a three-episode appearance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the devious Jaro Essa. That same year, he also starred in the political comedy, Dave , starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. He also played a supporting role the Ivan Reitman comedy, Junior , alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, and Emma Thompson. In 1994, he narrated the American Masters documentary on Tennessee Williams. In 1996, Langella starred in the comedy film, Eddie , starring Whoopi Goldberg, whom he entered into a romantic relationship with until 2001. He also played Clare Quilty in the 1997 film adaptation of Lolita , starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith. In 1999, he starred opposite Johnny Depp in the Roman Polanski directed film, The Ninth Gate .
In 2000, he played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.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. He starred as Sir Thomas More in the 2008 Broadway revival of A Man for All Seasons .
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 .
He was cast as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's play, Frost/Nixon alongside Michael Sheen, which received enthusiastic reviews during a run at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London before moving to Broadway in 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 Oscar nominated Best Picture 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 .
His film work also includes roles in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) as former CBS chief executive William S. Paley for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Ensemble Cast. He also appeared in 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 .In late 2009, he starred in the Richard Kelly film The Box , alongside Cameron Diaz and James Marsden.
In 2010, he played Louis Zabel in Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps , alongside Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, and Carey Mulligan. That same year, he played a supporting role in All Good Things , alongside Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. In 2011, Langella starred in the drama thriller, Unknown , alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger.In 2012, he earned critical praise for his role in the independent film, Robot & Frank , with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine calling his performance "a masterclass in acting".
In 2013, he starred in the Stephen Frears' HBO made-for-television film, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight as Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, alongside Christopher Plummer playing Justice John Marshall Harlan. In October and November 2013, Langella played King Lear at the Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, UK. It travelled to the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2014. Frank also played Anthony Molina, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, in the movie, Draft Day, which also starred Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Dennis Leary.
In 2015, Langella joined the cast of FX's critically praised drama, The Americans with Keri Russell, and Matthew Rhys.He appeared in seasons 3 through 5.
In 2016, he played the title role in Doug Hughes' production of the US premiere of Florian Zeller's play, The Father at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway.He won his career fourth Tony Award for his performance. That same year, he appeared in Captain Fantastic , alongside Viggo Mortensen and was again nominated with the ensemble cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award. He also starred in the HBO television movie, All the Way (2016) as Senator Richard Russell Jr., alongside Bryan Cranston's Lyndon B. Johnson. Langella received a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries nomination for his performance.
From 2018 to 2020, Langella appeared as Sebestian in Showtime's Kidding , starring Jim Carrey. The show was executive produced by Michel Gondry and received positive reviews.
In 2020, he played Judge Julius Hoffman in Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 . The film follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It was released in September, by Netflix.
Langella was married to Ruth Weil from June 14, 1977 to their divorce in 1996. They have two children. He also lived with actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg, whom he had met on the set of Eddie , from 1996 until they separated in March 2001. Langella published a memoir in 2012 called Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them.In a review in the New York Times Book Review , Ada Calhoun wrote that "Langella's book celebrated sluttiness as a worthy—even noble—way of life. There was so much happy sexuality in this book that reading it was like being flirted with for a whole party by the hottest person in the room. It was no wonder Langella was invited everywhere."
|1963–1964||The Immoralist||Michael||Bouwerie Lane Theatre|
|1964||The Old Glory||Don Benito Cereno||Theater at St. Clement's Church|
|1965||Good Day||The Young Men||Cherry Lane Theatre|
|1965–1966||The White Devil||Flamineo||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|1966–1967||Yerma||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
|1968–1969||A Cry of Players||Will||Vivian Beaumont Theatre|
|1976||The Prince of Homburg||Prince Friedrich Arthur of Homburg||Westside Theatre|
|1977–1978||Dracula||Count Dracula||Martin Beck Theatre|
|1982||Amadeus||Antonio Salieri||Broadhurst Theatre|
|1984||Design for Living||Otto||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|1984||After the Fall||Quentin||Playhouse 91|
|1985||Hurlyburly||Eddie||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|1987||Sherlock's Last Case||Sherlock Holmes||Nederlander Theatre|
|1989||The Tempest||Prospero||Union Square Theatre|
|1996||The Father (Strindberg)||The Cavalry Captain||Criterion Center Stage Right|
|1996–1997||Present Laughter||Garry Essendine||Walter Kerr Theatre|
|1997–1998||Cyrano De Bergerac||Cyrano de Bergerac||Also director|
Laura Pels Theatre
|2000||A Christmas Carol||Ebenezer Scrooge||Madison Square Garden|
|2002||Fortune's Fool||Flegont Alexandrovitch Tropatcho||Music Box Theatre|
|2006–2007||Frost/Nixon||Richard Nixon|| Donmar Warehouse |
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
|2008||A Man for All Seasons||Sir Thomas More||American Airlines Theatre|
|2011||Man and Boy||Gregor Antonescu||American Airlines Theatre|
|2013–2014||King Lear||Lear|| Chichester Festival Theatre |
|2016||The Father (Zeller)||André||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre|
|1970||Diary of a Mad Housewife||George Prager|
|The Twelve Chairs||Ostap Bender|
|1971||The Deadly Trap||Philippe|
|1972||The Wrath of God||De La Plata|
|1980||Those Lips, Those Eyes||Harry Crystal|
|1986||The Men's Club||Harold Canterbury|
|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|
|1995||Bad Company||Vic Grimes|
|Cutthroat Island||Dawg Brown|
|1996||Eddie||Wild Bill Burgess|
|I'm Losing You||Perry Needham Krohn|
|1999||The Ninth Gate||Boris Balkan|
|2000||Stardom||Blaine De Castillon|
|2001||Sweet November||Edgar Price|
|2004||House of D||Reverend Duncan|
|The Novice||Father Tew|
|2005||Back in the Day||Lt. Bill Hudson|
|How You Look to Me||Professor Driskoll|
|Good Night, and Good Luck||William S. Paley|
|2006||Superman Returns||Perry White|
|2007||Starting Out in the Evening||Leonard Schiller|
|2008||The Caller||Jimmy Stevens|
|The Tale of Despereaux||The Mayor||Voice|
|2009||The Box||Arlington Steward|
|2010||Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps||Louis Zabel|
|All Good Things||Sanford Marks|
|2012||Robot & Frank||Frank|
|The Time Being||Warner Dax|
|2013||Parts per Billion||Andy|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Beefeater Vicar||Cameo|
|Draft Day||Anthony Molina|
|5 to 7||Sam|
|Grace of Monaco||Father Francis Tucker|
|Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet||Pasha||Voice|
|2015||The Driftless Area||Tim Geer|
|2016||Captain Fantastic||Jack Bertrang|
|Youth in Oregon||Raymond Engersol|
|2020||The Trial of the Chicago 7||Julius Hoffman|
|1965||The Trials of O'Brien||Michael Romani||Episode: "How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?"|
|1967||NBC Experiment in Television||The Young Man||Episode: "Good Day"|
|NET Playhouse||Episode: "Benito Cereno"|
|1973||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Carey Robins||Episode: "Friends in High Places"|
|Mannix||Harry Tass||Episode: "Silent Target"|
|Love Story||Jimmy Lewin||Episode: "When the Girls Came Out to Play"|
|1974||The Mark of Zorro||Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro||Television film|
|1976||Swiss Family Robinson||Jean Lafitte||2 episodes|
|1981||Sherlock Holmes||Sherlock Holmes||Television recording of live stage production|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Dr. Paradise||Episode: "Dr. Paradise"|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Minister Jaro Essa||3 episodes|
|1994||Doomsday Gun||Gerald Bull||Television film|
|1996||The Greatest Pharaohs||Narrator||Voice|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||King Aeëtes||2 episodes|
|Cry Baby Lane||Mr. Bennett||Television film|
|2001||The Beast||Jackson Burns||6 episodes|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Al Baker||Episode: "Dominance"|
|2005||Now You See It...||Max||Television film|
|Unscripted||Goddard Fulton||10 episodes|
|2005–2006||Kitchen Confidential||Pino||6 episodes|
|2006||10.5: Apocalypse||Dr. Earl Hill||2 episodes|
|2013||Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight||Warren Burger||Television film|
|2015–2017||The Americans||Gabriel||31 episodes|
|2016||All the Way||Richard Russell Jr.||Television film|
|2018||American Dad!||Commodore Francis Stoat||Voice|
Episode: "Shell Game"
|2018–2020||Kidding||Sebastian Piccirillo||17 episodes|
|2017||Destiny 2||The Consul||Voice|
|2008||Academy Award||Best Actor||Frost/Nixon||Nominated|
|1975||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Seascape||Won|
|1978||Best Actor in a Play||Dracula||Nominated|
|2002||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Fortune's Fool||Won|
|2004||Best Actor in a Play||Match||Nominated|
|2012||Man and Boy||Nominated|
|1983||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Informational Programming||I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind||Nominated|
|1971||Golden Globe Award||Most Promising Newcomer -Male||Diary of a Mad Housewife||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actor in a Drama Film||Frost/Nixon||Nominated|
|2008||British Academy Film Awards||Best Leading Actor||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Good Night, and Good Luck||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actor in a Motion Picture||Frost/Nixon||Nominated|
|Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2020||The Trial of the Chicago 7||Won|
|2008||Independent Spirit Award||Best Male Lead||Starting Out in the Evening||Nominated|
|2016||Drama Desk Award||Actor in a Play||The Father||Won|
|1965||Obie Awards||Distinguished Performance||Good Day||Won|
|1966||Distinguished Performance||The White Devil||Won|
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actor Frank Langella in 1938 (age 81)
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