Three-time Tony Award winner FRANK LANGELLA (Richard Nixon) is
among the American theater world's greatest living actors. Though he gained
recognition as a film star in the 1970s, the stage has always been his first love.
His career off-Broadway was launched with an Obie Award in 1965 for his
performance in poet-playwright Robert Lowell's The Old Glory: Benito Cereno. His
other major off-Broadway productions include Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, Arthur
Miller's After the Fall, John Webster's The White Devil, Heinrich von Kleist's The
Prince of Homburg, AndrÃ© Gide's The Immoralist and Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Langella's triumphs on Broadway include Tony Awards for Edward Albee's
Seascape, for Turgenev's Fortune's Fool and in 2007 for his role as President Richard
Nixon in the New York production of Frost/Nixon. He also received a Tony nomination
for his performances in Belber's Match and Hamilton Deane's Dracula and has starred
on Broadway in productions of Strindberg's The Father, Coward's Present Laughter and
Design for Living, Shaffer's Amadeus, Rabe's Hurlyburly, Nichols' Passion, Marowitz's
Sherlock's Last Case, Gibson's A Cry of Players and Lorca's Yerma, among others.
Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Langella studied acting at Syracuse University
before beginning his professional career in New York. He got his first break on screen
when he was cast in Frank Perry's 1970 drama Diary of a Mad Housewife, co-starring
with Richard Benjamin and Carrie Snodgress. The film earned him a Golden Globe
nomination and an award from the National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actor.
That same year, he starred in Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs. A successful remake of
Dracula, directed by John Badham, brought him to pop-culture stardom at that decade.
Langella will next lend his voice to Universal Pictures' animated film The Tale of
Despereaux. Other upcoming projects include All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling, and
The Box, with Cameron Diaz. Some of his other past films are George Clooney's
OscarÂ®-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck., the box-office hit Superman Returns
and the drama Starting Out in the Evening. He has also starred in Adrian Lyne's
controversial Lolita; the hit comedy Dave; Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise; a
humorous tribute to summer stock, Those Lips, Those Eyes; the touching drama I'm
Losing You; David Duchovny's House of D; and The Ninth Gate, directed by Roman
On television, Langella received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on I,
Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind. Other major work on television includes PBS'
productions of Eccentricities of a Nightingale and Chekhov's The Seagull; ABC's The
Beast; HBO's Doomsday Gun; and Vonnegut's Monkey House for Showtime, which
earned him a CableACE Award. He also starred in all 10 episodes of the short-lived but
widely praised HBO series Unscripted.
Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to his
three Tony Awards, he has won five Drama Desks, three Obies, two Outer Critics Circles
and a Drama League Award. Several dozen credits in America's leading regional
theaters include Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon,
Whiting's The Devils, Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady,
Shepard's The Tooth of Crime and Barker's Scenes From an Execution.
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