Frank A. Langella Jr. (/lænˈdʒɛlə/; 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 performances as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon and as André in 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 notable film roles include George Prager in Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), Count Dracula in Dracula (1979), Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987), Bob Alexander in Dave (1993), William S. Paley in Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Richard Nixon in the film production of Frost/Nixon (2008), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He had a recurring role as Gabriel, the KGB handler for the lead characters, in the FX series The Americans between 2013 and 2017.
Langella at the 2012 Deauville American Film Festival
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)|
Langella, an Italian American, was born January 1, 1938, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of Angelina and Frank A. Langella Sr., a business executive who was the 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. He remains a brother of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.
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, 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 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. 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.
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 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 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". He also appeared in Captain Fantastic alongside Viggo Mortensen and was again nominated with the ensemble cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award.
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.
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 would win his career fourth Tony Award for his performance.
Langella was married to Ruth Weil from June 14, 1977 to their divorce in 1996. They have two children. He also then lived with actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg, whom he had met on the set of Eddie. From 1996 they were together but 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||National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|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|
|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|
|Frost/Nixon||Richard Nixon||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor|
|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|
|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; uncredited|
|1994||Doomsday Gun||Gerald Bull||Television film|
|1996||The Greatest Pharaohs||Narrator||Documentary|
|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–present||Kidding||Sebastian Piccirillo||10 episodes|
|2017||Destiny 2||The Consul||Voice|
|1974||Seascape||Featured Actor in a Play|||Won|
|1978||Dracula||Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2002||Fortune's Fool||Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
|2004||Match||Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2007||Frost/Nixon||Actor in a Play||Won|
|2012||Man and Boy||Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2016||The Father||Actor in a Play||Won|
|1983||I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind||Outstanding Informational Programming||Nominated|
|1971||Diary of a Mad Housewife||Most Promising Newcomer -Male||Nominated|
|2008||Frost/Nixon||Best Actor in a Drama Film||Nominated|
|2006||Good Night, and Good Luck||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2009||Frost/Nixon||Best Actor in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2009||Frost/Nixon||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2017||Captain Fantastic||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2008||Frost/Nixon||Best Leading Actor||Nominated|
|2008||Starting Out in the Evening||Best Male Lead||Nominated|
|2016||The Father||Actor in a Play||Won|
|1965||Good Day||Distinguished Performance||Won|
|1966||The White Devil||Distinguished Performance||Won|
All the Way is a 2016 American biographical television drama film based on events of the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson directed by Jay Roach and adapted by Robert Schenkkan from his play with the same title. The film stars Bryan Cranston, who reprises his role as Johnson from the play's 2014 Broadway production, opposite Melissa Leo as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson; Anthony Mackie as Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr.; and Frank Langella as US Senator Richard Russell Jr., from Georgia.
The film was broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The film was well received by critics, with Cranston's portrayal of Johnson garnering praise. It has been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, with Cranston also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama for his work on the film. It was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie as well as acting nominations for Cranston and Leo.American Primitive
American Primitive is a play by William Gibson about the lives of John and Abigail Adams. Gibson used the correspondence of John and Abigail Adams to create a verse drama about the period of the American Revolution.
American Primitive debuted, unsuccessfully, at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1969. The production, directed by Frank Langella, starred Anne Bancroft as Abigail Adams.Brainscan
Brainscan is a 1994 American science fiction horror film directed by John Flynn and written by Brian Owens and Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, Amy Hargreaves, Jamie Marsh, and T. Ryder Smith. Music was composed by movie composer George S. Clinton.Diary of a Mad Housewife
Diary of a Mad Housewife is a 1970 American comedy-drama film about a frustrated wife portrayed by Carrie Snodgress. Snodgress was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe award in the same category. The film was adapted by Eleanor Perry from the 1967 novel by Sue Kaufman and directed by Perry's then-husband, Frank Perry. The film co-stars Richard Benjamin and Frank Langella.Dracula (1979 film)
Dracula is a 1979 British-American horror film directed by John Badham. The film starred Frank Langella in the title role as well as Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence and Kate Nelligan.
The film was based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula and its 1924 stage adaptation, though much of Stoker's original plot was revised to make the film—which was advertised with the tagline "A Love Story"—more romantic. The film won the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.
† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony AwardEddie (film)
Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US. The film was directed by Steve Rash.Frost/Nixon (film)
Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the Frost/Nixon interviews of 1977. The film was directed by Ron Howard and produced for Universal Pictures by Howard, Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, and received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.
The film reunites its original two stars from the West End and Broadway productions of the play: Michael Sheen as British television broadcaster David Frost and Frank Langella as former United States President Richard Nixon. It was released in the United States on December 5, 2008, and in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2009.Frost/Nixon (play)
Frost/Nixon is a 2006 British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan based on a series of televised interviews that former U.S. President Richard Nixon granted broadcaster David Frost in 1977 about his administration, including his role in the Watergate scandal.House of D
House of D is 2004 coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by David Duchovny as his directorial debut in film. The film stars Duchovny, Anton Yelchin, Téa Leoni, Erykah Badu, Frank Langella, Zelda Williams, and Robin Williams. It was screened at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.Kidding
Kidding is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dave Holstein that premiered on September 9, 2018, on Showtime. The series stars Jim Carrey, Frank Langella, Judy Greer, Cole Allen, Juliet Morris, and Catherine Keener and marks the second collaboration between director and executive producer Michel Gondry and Carrey, who previously worked together on the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. On October 10, 2018, it was announced that Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.Le Père
Le Père (The Father) is a play by the French playwright Florian Zeller which won in 2014 the Molière Award for Best Play. It premiered in September 2012 at the Théâtre Hébertot, Paris, with Robert Hirsch (André) and Isabelle Gélinas (Anne).
It was made into the film Floride (2015). The play was translated into English by Christopher Hampton.Moses (film)
Moses is a 1995 internationally produced Biblical drama TV movie. It was directed by Roger Young, written by Lionel Chetwynd and starred Ben Kingsley, Frank Langella and Christopher Lee. Moses was filmed in Morocco and was film aired in the United States on the TNT Network and internationally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The film is part of TNT's Bible Collection.Sphinx (film)
Sphinx is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Lesley-Anne Down and Frank Langella. The screenplay by John Byrum is based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Robin Cook.The Men's Club
The Men's Club is a 1986 drama film directed by Peter Medak, based on the novel of the same name by Leonard Michaels. It stars Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella, Treat Williams, David Dukes and Richard Jordan. It is noted for a scene where Keitel (as Solly Berliner) assertively denies engaging in masturbation.The Wrath of God
For other uses, see Aguirre (disambiguation).
The Wrath of God is an offbeat Western genre film released in 1972 and filmed in Mexico. It starred Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita Hayworth (her final film role) and Victor Buono and was directed by Ralph Nelson. It is based on the novel by Jack Higgins writing as James Graham.Those Lips, Those Eyes
Those Lips, Those Eyes is a 1980 romance film directed by Michael Pressman and starring Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, and Tom Hulce.True Identity
True Identity is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Charles Lane and starring Lenny Henry, Frank Langella and Anne-Marie Johnson. The plot revolves around a black man (British actor Henry), who disguises himself as a white man to escape the mob.Youth in Oregon
Youth in Oregon is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Joel David Moore. The film stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Nicola Peltz, Mary Kay Place, and Josh Lucas.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16, 2016. The film was released in theaters on February 3, 2017, by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Awards for Frank Langella