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FRANK LANGELLA (Arlington Steward), an imposing and unforgettable presence on Broadway, has long been considered among America's greatest stage actors, as well as a welcome and increasingly familiar face to filmgoers.

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Langella caught the acting bug at 11, playing an elderly man in a school play about the life of Abraham Lincoln. He went on to earn a degree in Theater from Syracuse University. He studied with Elia Kazan, and then began working with regional theater companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest, finally making his New York stage debut in 1963 in the leading role in an off-Broadway revival of "The Immoralist.”

Between 1964 and 1966, Langella won three Obie Awards for his work off- Broadway, and in 1969 received the Drama Desk Award for his work in "A Cry of Players.” In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "Seascape,” for which he won another Drama Desk Award as well as the Tony.

Langella made his film debut in 1970 with a supporting role 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 was cast 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 was tapped to reprise his performance for a film version of "Dracula” released in 1979.

He 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 has continued to work constantly on Broadway, winning a second Tony for "Fortune's Fool” and a third for "Frost/Nixon,” 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 was then tapped by director Bryan Singer to co-star as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 2006 summer blockbuster "Superman Returns.”

In 2007, Langella earned strong reviews for his starring role in the independent feature "Starting Out in the Evening.” But it was for the 2008 film version of "Frost/Nixon” that he captured a Best Actor Academy Award® nomination, as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations, for his portrayal of disgraced former president Richard Nixon in Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of the multi-Tony Award-winning play.

Among his upcoming film projects is "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” for director Oliver Stone, set for a 2010 release.

Langella makes his home in New York.


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