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An imposing and unforgettable presence on Broadway, actor FRANK LANGELLA (Louis Zabel) 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, Langella's career as an actor in films has become equal in stature to his career on Broadway. Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on New Year's Day, 1938. He caught the acting bug when he was 11, playing an elderly man in a school play about the life of Abraham Lincoln, and went on to earn a degree in Theater from Syracuse University. He immediately 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 he received the Drama Desk award for his work in "A Cry of Players” by William Gibson. In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's "Seascape,” for which he won another Drama Desk Award as well as the first of his three Tonys.

Langella 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, earning him his second Tony nomination. 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 puppetmaster 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 a second Tony for "Fortune's Fool” in 2003 and a third 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 Sprit 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. 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.

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