An imposing and unforgettable presence on Broadway, actor Frank Langella has long been considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors. His career is a model of quality and longevity; excelling in range, power, and versatility. A preeminent presence in the American theatre, he has been called “an actor’s actor” by Ben Brantley of the New York Times and “one of our few great actors” by Clive Barnes of the New York Post. In recent years, Mr. Langella’s career as an actor in films has become equal in stature to his career on Broadway.
This past summer Mr. Langella filmed “Robot & Frank” with Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, and James Marsden. The film was award winning at Sundance; is garnering excellent reviews with critics and public alike before its August 17th opening. Most recently, Mr. Langella was seen in Andrew Jarecki’s “All Good Things” alongside Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. Earlier this season, Mr. Langella was on Broadway in Terence Rattigan’s “Man and Boy”, in what Ben Brantley has called a “personal triumph”, earning him his 6th Tony nomination. He will next be seen in the independent feature “The Time Being” opposite Wes Bentley, as well as HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” opposite Christopher Plummer and directed by Stephen Frears, and finally Olivier Dahan’s “Grace of Monaco” opposite Nicole Kidman.
In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s “Seascape”, earning him the 1st of his three Tony awards. He made his film debut in 1970 in “Diary of a Mad Housewife,” and later that year co-starred in the iconic Mel Brooks comedy “The Twelve Chairs.” Appearing regularly in film and on television through much of the 1970s, he was still busiest as a stage actor. In 1977, he starred in the title role of a Broadway revival of “Dracula”, and his performance as the bloodthirsty count earned rave reviews and turned the production into an unexpected hit. He reprised his performance for the film version of “Dracula” released in 1979.
He maintained a busy schedule of stage work and in the 1990s scored a breakthrough screen role in Ivan Reitman’s comedy “Dave” as the deceitful political puppet master Bob Alexander. A busy schedule of character roles in such films as Adrian Lyne’s “Lolita” and Roman Polanski’s “The Ninth Gate” followed, and Langella still remained a frequent and distinguished presence in the New York theatrical community.
He has continued to work constantly on Broadway, winning his 2nd Tony for “Fortune’s Fool” in 2003 and his 3rd for “Frost/Nixon” in 2007, as well stellar reviews for his bravura performance in the 2008 revival of “A Man for All Seasons”. In film, he scored an artistic and critical success in 2005 playing William S. Paley in George Clooney’s historical docudrama “Good Night, and Good Luck” and then costarred as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 2006 summer blockbuster “Superman Returns,” directed by Bryan Singer.
In 2007, Langella earned rave reviews, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination, for his starring role in “Starting Out in the Evening”. In the 2008 film version of “Frost/Nixon”, he was honored with a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, as well as Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for his portrayal of disgraced former president Richard Nixon in Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway play. He also can be seen in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, the sequel to Oliver Stone’s award winning 1987 film.
Mr. Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to the awards already mentioned, he has been honored with well over two dozen acting nominations and wins, including Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cable ACE Awards, Obies, and various critics’ awards.
Langella makes his home in New York.