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BirthdayJanuary 1, 1938
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateNew Jersey
Partners
  • Whoopi Goldberg
SpousesRuth Weil (m. 1977–1996)
Known asFrank A. Langella Jr.
Universities
  • Syracuse University
  • Syracuse University
  • B.A. 1959
Birth PlaceBayonne, New Jersey
Height193cm
GenderMale
FatherFrank A. Langella
MotherAngelina Langella
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inBayonne, New Jersey
Famous asActor

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Who is Frank Langella?

Frank A. Langella Jr. is a noted American actor. He is renowned for his remarkable portrayal of ‘President Richard Nixon’ in both the stage and the film production of ‘Frost/Nixon.’ He is also known for playing ‘Count Dracula’ in both the stage and the movie versions of ‘Dracula.’ With a career spanning several decades, he is one of the most versatile stage and film actors of Hollywood. After graduating from ‘Syracuse University’ with a degree in drama, he worked in theater, TV, and films. He has played a wide range of memorable characters, such as ‘Shakespeare,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Dracula,’ Superman’s boss ‘Perry White,’ He-Man’s arch-enemy ‘Skeletor.’ However, his most-admired role to date has been that of ‘President Nixon.’ At 6’3” (1.91m), he is an imposing figure, not only by virtue of his height, but also because of his theatrical talent. He has won a number of eminent awards and nominations for his theater and screen performances. Langella was married to Ruth Weil for nearly 20 years before their divorce. They have two children. He was in a relationship with actor Whoopi Goldberg for around 5 years.

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Childhood & Early Life

Frank Langella was born on January 1, 1938, into an Italian–American family in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father, Frank A. Langella Sr., was the president of the ‘Bayonne Barrel and Drum Company.’ His mother’s name was Angelina Langella. Initially he attended the ‘Washington Elementary School’ and then joined the ‘Bayonne High School’ in Bayonne.

At the age of 11, he participated in a school play based on the life of Abraham Lincoln and decided to pursue acting as a profession. Thereafter, he moved along with his family and joined the ‘Columbia High School’ in the South Orange–Maplewood School District. He completed school in 1955. In 1959, he obtained a ‘Bachelor of Arts’ degree in drama from ‘Syracuse University.’ He studied acting at the ‘Lincoln Center Repertory Company’ with Elia Kazan.

Career

Initially, he worked with the regional theater companies in the East coast and the Mid-west. In 1963, he made his debut in the New York theater arena and played a lead role in an ‘Off-Broadway’ revival of ‘The Immoralist.’ His stage performances from 1964 to 1969 were acknowledged with noted theater awards.

He made his ‘Broadway’ debut in 1966, at the ‘Lincoln Center,’ New York, with Federico García Lorca’s ‘Yerma,’ and then, in 1968, he performed in ‘A Cry of Players’ by William Gibson. His performance in Edward Albee’s ‘Seascape’ (1974) fetched him both fame and awards.

In 1970, he made his film debut with a character role in ‘Diary of a Mad Housewife.’ In the same year, he received a bigger role in ‘The Twelve Chairs,’ written and directed by Mel Brooks.

For a major part of the 1970s, he remained occupied with theater and only intermittently appeared in TV and films. In 1972, he co-starred with Rita Hayworth in ‘The Wrath of God.’

Langella played the lead role of ‘Count Dracula’ in the 1977 ‘Broadway’ revival of the drama ‘Dracula.’ His portrayal of the ‘Count’ earned him a lot of appreciation, and the play received more accolades than expected. In 1979, he essayed the same role in the film ‘Dracula.’ However, he had to modulate his performance for the big-screen, and his work did not receive much appreciation. The film was not a commercial success.

In 1993, he was admired as the deceitful ‘Bob Alexander’ in the comedy ‘Dave.’ After this, he essayed character roles in the films ‘Junior’ (1994), ‘Lolita’ (1997), ‘The Ninth Gate’ (1999) among others.

He continued to be a well-admired figure in the New York theater scene. He played the title role in the 1987 ‘Broadway’ production ‘Sherlock’s Last Case.’ In 1987, he essayed the role of ‘Skeletor’ in the film ‘Masters of the Universe,’ and in 1988, he starred in the movie ‘And God Created Woman.’

During the 2000s, he portrayed diverse roles in films such as ‘Sweet November’ and ‘House of D.’ In 2005, he played the role of ‘William Paley’ in ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ George Clooney’s historical drama film about broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. Langella’s performance received rave reviews.

In ‘Superman Returns’ (2006), Langella essayed the role of ‘Perry White,’ the editor of the fictional newspaper ‘Daily Planet.’ He received immense critical acclaim and a lot of nominations for his performance in the 2007 movie ‘Starting Out in the Evening.’

Langella portrayed the role of ‘President Richard Nixon’ in the drama ‘Frost/Nixon’ (2006) and earned both critical acclaim and awards for his performance. He reprised the same role in the film adaptation of ‘Frost/Nixon’ (2008), directed by Ron Howard. Langella earned excellent reviews and prominent award nominations for this movie too. He later worked in a variety of movies such as ‘All Good Things’ (2010), ‘The Time Being’ (2012 ), ‘Robot and Frank’ (2012 ) among others.

He worked in three episodes of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ (1993), only because he knew that it would make his children happy. Langella starred with Cameron Diaz in Richard Kelly’s 2009 film ‘The Box.’ In 2011, he worked in Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller ‘Unknown.’

In a career spanning more than five decades, Frank has experienced many professional upheavals. He once stated in an interview that during the late 1980s, he was unemployed, with a family to provide for, and without any money.

In spite of working in more than 70 films, he is primarily known as a stage actor. In late 2013, he essayed the part of ‘King Lear’ in the play of the same name at the ‘Minerva,’ Chichester, UK.

His forthcoming projects include a comedy series, ‘Kidding,’ in which he features with Jim Carrey. He will also be seen in the sixth and final season of ‘The Americans,’ which is slated to return in March 2018.

Major Works

Langella has written two books. His first book, ‘Frank Langella’s Cyrano: An Adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac,’ was published in 1999. In the book, Frank has primarily ventured into writing about the genre of drama. His second book, ‘Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them,’ was published in 2012. This memoir, with its 65 chapters, revealed a good deal about his interactions with many famous people, mostly from the entertainment industry.

Awards & Achievements

Langella won two ‘Obie Awards’ in the category of ‘Distinguished Performance by an Actor’ for his ‘Off-Broadway’ plays ‘Good Day’ (1965) and ‘White Devil’ (1965–1966). In 1969, he received a ‘Drama Desk Vernon Rice’ award for his performance in ‘A Cry of Players.’

He was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for the ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ for his debut film ‘Diary of a Mad Housewife.’ In 1975, he won his first ‘Tony Award’ and his second ‘Drama Desk Award’ for his performance in Edward Albee’s ‘Seascape.’ He was nominated for the same two awards for his play ‘Dracula’ (1977–1979)

His work in Strindberg’s play ‘The Father’ (1996) and in the drama ‘Present Laughter’ (1996–1997) fetched him further nominations for the ‘Drama Desk Award.’ Thereafter, he won his second ‘Tony Award’ and ‘Drama Desk Award’ for the 2002 drama ‘Fortune’s Fool.’ He received further ‘Tony Award’ and ‘Drama Desk Award’ nominations for ‘Match,’ in 2004. His performance in Zeller’s version of ‘The Father’ (2016), earned him his third ‘Tony Award’ and ‘Drama Desk Award.’

His portrayal of ‘President Richard Nixon’ in the film ‘Frost/Nixon’ earned him nominations for various awards, such as the ‘Academy Award,’ the ‘Golden Globe Award,’ the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award,’ and the ‘BAFTA.’ He received a ‘Tony Award’ and a ‘Drama Desk Award’ for the drama version of ‘Frost/Nixon’ (2006–2007). With four ‘Tony Awards,’ he has set a record of the most number of ‘Tony Awards’ received by any male actor.

In 2007, he received the ‘Boston Society of Film Critics Award’ for his much-admired portrayal of an elderly novelist in ‘Starting Out in the Evening.’ In 2002, he was inducted into ‘American Theater Hall of Fame.’

Personal Life

Langella married Ruth Weil on June 14, 1977. They had two children, but their marriage ended in a divorce in 1996.

During the filming of the basketball comedy show ‘Eddie’ (1996), he met actor Whoopi Goldberg. They lived together for almost five years, till March 2001.

Trivia

Langella is one of those rare actors who have played both ‘Dracula’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ He did not wear fangs while playing ‘Count Dracula’ in the movie ‘Dracula.’

He has nystagmus, an eye condition in which the person’s eyes move involuntarily. He is left-handed.

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Frank Langella biography timelines

  • // 1st Jan 1938
    Frank Langella was born on January 1, 1938, into an Italian–American family in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father, Frank A. Langella Sr., was the president of the ‘Bayonne Barrel and Drum Company.’ His mother’s name was Angelina Langella. Initially he attended the ‘Washington Elementary School’ and then joined the ‘Bayonne High School’ in Bayonne.
  • // 1955 To 1959
    At the age of 11, he participated in a school play based on the life of Abraham Lincoln and decided to pursue acting as a profession. Thereafter, he moved along with his family and joined the ‘Columbia High School’ in the South Orange–Maplewood School District. He completed school in 1955. In 1959, he obtained a ‘Bachelor of Arts’ degree in drama from ‘Syracuse University.’ He studied acting at the ‘Lincoln Center Repertory Company’ with Elia Kazan.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, he made his film debut with a character role in ‘Diary of a Mad Housewife.’ In the same year, he received a bigger role in ‘The Twelve Chairs,’ written and directed by Mel Brooks.
  • // 1970 To 1972
    For a major part of the 1970s, he remained occupied with theater and only intermittently appeared in TV and films. In 1972, he co-starred with Rita Hayworth in ‘The Wrath of God.’
  • // 1977 To 1979
    Langella played the lead role of ‘Count Dracula’ in the 1977 ‘Broadway’ revival of the drama ‘Dracula.’ His portrayal of the ‘Count’ earned him a lot of appreciation, and the play received more accolades than expected. In 1979, he essayed the same role in the film ‘Dracula.’ However, he had to modulate his performance for the big-screen, and his work did not receive much appreciation. The film was not a commercial success.
  • // 14th Jun 1977 To 1996
    Langella married Ruth Weil on June 14, 1977. They had two children, but their marriage ended in a divorce in 1996.
  • // 1996 To Mar 2001
    During the filming of the basketball comedy show ‘Eddie’ (1996), he met actor Whoopi Goldberg. They lived together for almost five years, till March 2001.
  • // 1999 To 2012
    Langella has written two books. His first book, ‘Frank Langella’s Cyrano: An Adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac,’ was published in 1999. In the book, Frank has primarily ventured into writing about the genre of drama. His second book, ‘Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them,’ was published in 2012. This memoir, with its 65 chapters, revealed a good deal about his interactions with many famous people, mostly from the entertainment industry.
  • // 2000 To 2005
    During the 2000s, he portrayed diverse roles in films such as ‘Sweet November’ and ‘House of D.’ In 2005, he played the role of ‘William Paley’ in ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ George Clooney’s historical drama film about broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. Langella’s performance received rave reviews.
  • // 2002 To 2007
    In 2007, he received the ‘Boston Society of Film Critics Award’ for his much-admired portrayal of an elderly novelist in ‘Starting Out in the Evening.’ In 2002, he was inducted into ‘American Theater Hall of Fame.’
  • // 2006 To 2007
    In ‘Superman Returns’ (2006), Langella essayed the role of ‘Perry White,’ the editor of the fictional newspaper ‘Daily Planet.’ He received immense critical acclaim and a lot of nominations for his performance in the 2007 movie ‘Starting Out in the Evening.’
  • // 2006 To 2007
    His portrayal of ‘President Richard Nixon’ in the film ‘Frost/Nixon’ earned him nominations for various awards, such as the ‘Academy Award,’ the ‘Golden Globe Award,’ the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award,’ and the ‘BAFTA.’ He received a ‘Tony Award’ and a ‘Drama Desk Award’ for the drama version of ‘Frost/Nixon’ (2006–2007). With four ‘Tony Awards,’ he has set a record of the most number of ‘Tony Awards’ received by any male actor.
  • // 2013
    In spite of working in more than 70 films, he is primarily known as a stage actor. In late 2013, he essayed the part of ‘King Lear’ in the play of the same name at the ‘Minerva,’ Chichester, UK.
  • // Mar 2018
    His forthcoming projects include a comedy series, ‘Kidding,’ in which he features with Jim Carrey. He will also be seen in the sixth and final season of ‘The Americans,’ which is slated to return in March 2018.

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  • What is Frank Langella birthday?

    Frank Langella was born at 1938-01-01

  • Where is Frank Langella's birth place?

    Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey

  • What is Frank Langella nationalities?

    Frank Langella's nationalities is American

  • Who is Frank Langella spouses?

    Frank Langella's spouses is Ruth Weil (m. 1977–1996)

  • What was Frank Langella universities?

    Frank Langella studied at Syracuse University, Syracuse University, B.A. 1959

  • How tall is Frank Langella?

    Frank Langella's height is 193

  • Who is Frank Langella's father?

    Frank Langella's father is Frank A. Langella

  • Who is Frank Langella's mother?

    Frank Langella's mother is Angelina Langella

  • What is Frank Langella's sun sign?

    Frank Langella is Capricorn

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    Frank Langella is famouse as Actor