Frank Langella

Highest Rated: 95% Dave (1993)
Lowest Rated: 8% Body of Evidence (1992)
Birthday: Jan 1, 1938
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
An imposing and highly memorable presence on the Broadway stage, actor Frank Langella has won only a fraction of the acclaim he's received in the theater for his film career; still, his brooding good looks and his ability to play both villains and comic foils with a touch of menace has made him a welcome (and increasingly familiar) fare to film buffs. Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, NJ, on New Year's Day, 1940. Langella caught the acting bug when he was 11, after playing an elderly man in a school play on the life of Abraham Lincoln, and he went on to earn a degree in Theater from Syracuse University. After studying acting with Elia Kazan, Langella began working with regional theater companies in the East Coast and the Midwest, and in 1963, made his New York stage debut when he landed the leading role in an off-Broadway revival of The Immoralist. Between 1964 and 1966, Langella would win three Obie awards for his work in off-Broadway theater, and in 1969, he received a Drama Desk award for his work in the drama A Cry of Players. In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's Seascape, and, the following year, won another Drama Desk award as well as a Tony for his performance. Langella made his film debut in 1970 with a supporting role in Diary of a Mad Housewife, and later that same year, scored a larger part in The Twelve Chairs, written and directed by Mel Brooks. While Langella landed occasional television and film roles through much of the 1970s, he was still busiest as a stage actor. In 1977, Langella was cast in the leading role of a Broadway revival of Dracula, and his con brio performance as the bloodthirsty count earned rave reviews, turning the production into an unexpected hit. Langella was tapped to reprise his performance for a film version of Dracula released in 1979, but he was forced to tone down his unique take on the role for the screen, and what would have seemingly been the perfect screen vehicle for his talents became a critical and box-office disappointment. However, Langella maintained a busy schedule of stage work, and in the 1990s, finally scored a breakthrough screen role in the comedy Dave as the deceitful political puppet master Bob Alexander. A busy schedule of character roles in such films as Junior, Lolita, and The Ninth Gate followed, though Langella still remained a frequent and distinguished presence in the New York theatrical community. He worked steadily at the beginning of the twenty-first century in films as diverse as the romantic drama Sweet November, and David Duchovny's directorial debut House of D. He scored an artistic and critical success in 2005 playing William Paley in George Clooney's historical docudrama about Edward R. Murrow Good Night, and Good Luck. He was then tapped by Bryan Singer to embody Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 2006 summer blockbuster Superman Returns. In 2007, Langella earned strong reviews and some awards buzz for his starring role in Starting Out in the Evening, but it was actually the next year, 2008 when he captured a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, a well as a SAG nomination, for his portrayal of disgraced former president Richard Nixon in Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of Frost/Nixon. Over the next several years, Langella would appear in many more films, includign The Box, All Good Things, Unknown, and Robot and Frank.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
45% Youth in Oregon Raymond Engersol 2017
82% Captain Fantastic Jack $5.9M 2016
88% All the Way Richard Russell 2016
66% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Pasha $0.3M 2015
69% 5 to 7 Sam $0.2M 2015
No Score Yet The Driftless Area Tim Geer 2015
59% Draft Day Anthony Molina $21.2M 2014
76% Noah Voice of Og $101.2M 2014
11% Grace Of Monaco Francis Tucker $0.7M 2014
25% The Time Being Warner 2013
38% Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Warren E. Burger 2013
83% Genius On Hold Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Parts Per Billion Andy 2013
86% Robot & Frank Frank $3.3M 2012
55% Unknown Rodney Cole $63.7M 2011
34% All Good Things Sanford Marks $0.6M 2010
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Louis Zabel $52.5M 2010
44% The Box Arlington Steward $114.9M 2009
57% The Tale of Despereaux Inquisitor $50.9M 2008
93% Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon $18.7M 2008
13% The Caller Jimmy Stevens 2008
87% Starting Out in the Evening Leonard Schiller $0.6M 2007
No Score Yet How You Look to Me Prof. Driskoll 2007
No Score Yet Crossroads Father Tew 2006
75% Superman Returns Perry White $200.2M 2006
No Score Yet 10.5: Apocalypse Dr. Earl Hill 2006
No Score Yet The Water Is Wide Piedmont 2006
No Score Yet Return to Rajapur Ned Bears 2006
No Score Yet King Tutankhamun: The Mystery Unsealed Actor 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck William Paley $31.6M 2005
No Score Yet Now You See It Max 2005
No Score Yet Unscripted Goddard Fulton 2005
No Score Yet The Novice Actor 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
10% House of D Reverend Duncan $0.4M 2004
No Score Yet Back in the Day Lieutenant Hudson 2004
No Score Yet Degas and the Dance Narrator 2003
15% Sweet November Edgar Price $24.5M 2001
43% Stardom Blaine de Castillon 2000
33% Jason and the Argonauts Aertes 2000
43% The Ninth Gate Boris Balkan 1999
40% I'm Losing You Perry Needham Krohn $13.2K 1999
No Score Yet Alegría Fleur 1999
48% Small Soldiers Archer 1998
68% Lolita Clare Quilty 1997
18% Eddie Wild Bill Burgess 1996
No Score Yet Mummies and the Wonders of Ancient Egypt Actor 1996
No Score Yet Moses Mernefta 1995
38% Cutthroat Island Dawg Brown 1995
27% Bad Company Vic Grimes 1995
36% Junior Noah Banes 1994
No Score Yet Doomsday Gun Gerald Bull 1994
23% Brainscan Hayden 1994
95% Dave Bob Alexander 1993
32% 1492: Conquest of Paradise Santangel 1992
8% Body of Evidence Jeffrey 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 John Wilkes Booth 1992
No Score Yet Stella Adler: Awake and Dream! Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 John Wilkes Booth 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 John Wilkes Booth 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 John Wilkes Booth 1992
43% True Identity Leland Carver 1991
No Score Yet Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream Actor 1990
38% And God Created Woman James Tiernan 1988
17% Masters of the Universe Skeletor 1987
No Score Yet The Men's Club Harold Canterbury 1986
No Score Yet Balanchine Narrator 1984
No Score Yet Sphinx Akmed Khazzan 1981
No Score Yet Those Lips, Those Eyes Harry Crystal 1980
64% Dracula Count Dracula 1979
No Score Yet Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Mark of Zorro Zorro 1974
No Score Yet The Wrath of God De La Plata 1972
No Score Yet La maison sous les arbres (The Deadly Trap) Actor 1971
93% The Twelve Chairs Ostap Bender 1970
77% Diary of a Mad Housewife George Prager 1970
No Score Yet Eccentricities of a Nightingale John Buchanan 1966

TV

CREDIT
76% Kidding
2018
Seb
  • 2018
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing Narrator
  • 2016
  • 2004
65% Kitchen Confidential
2005
Pino
  • 2005
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Narrator
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Al Baker
  • 2003
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Jaro
  • 1993
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Carey
  • 1973

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