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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 January 1938Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameFrank A. Langella Jr.
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A stage and screen actor of extreme versatility, Frank Langella won acclaim on the New York stage in "Seascape" and followed it up with the title role in the Edward Gorey production of "Dracula". He repeated the role for the screen in Dracula (1979) and became an international star. Over the years, he has done occasional films but prefers to concentrate on his first love, the legitimate theatre. His stage performance ranged from Strindberg drama ("The Father") to Noel Coward comedy ("Present Laughter"). He also appeared in several productions for the New York Shakespeare festival.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: peacham@excite.com

Spouse (1)

Ruth Weil (14 June 1977 - 1996) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Rich yet flawless voice
Frequently plays leaders and authority figures
Frequently plays imposing, menacing villains

Trivia (18)

Lived with actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg (separated in March 2001).
Won an Obie Award for Best Performance in "The Old Glory" in 1965.
Won a supporting Tony Award for best featured actor in a Broadway play, in "Seascape" in 1975.
Won both Tony and Drama Desk Awards as best featured actor in a Broadway play, in "Fortune's Fool" in 2002.
Was one of the last actors cast for the science fiction fantasy film Masters of the Universe (1987).
Has twice won Broadway's Tony Award: as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic), in 1975 for Edward Albee's "Seascape", and as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play), in 2002 for "Fortune's Fool". He was also nominated for the Tony two other times as Best Actor (Play): in 1978 for "Dracula", a role he recreated with a different script in the film Dracula (1979), and in 2004 for "Match".
Along with Christopher Lee and Richard Roxburgh, he is one of the few actors to play both Dracula and Sherlock Holmes.
Italian-American.
Studied acting at Syracuse University with Larry Hankin and Carl Gottlieb.
Won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Frost/Nixon" in 2007.
Shares two roles with Lane Smith: President Richard Nixon and Daily Planet Editor Perry White.
Requested to be uncredited for the role of Minister Jaro Essa on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) because he did the series for his children not exposure or money.
Is a Brother of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity and belonged to the Phi Epsilon chapter at Syracuse University.
He and Anthony Hopkins both received Oscar-nominations for portraying Richard Nixon. Hopkins is one day older than he, born on December 31, 1937.
His date for the Oscars 2009 was his daughter Sarah.
Considers the role of Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987) one of his favorite roles. He accepted the role as a gift to his children who were avid fans of He-Man and, despite an uncomfortable costume and make-up, found the character great fun to play.
Has nystagmus, a condition which causes a person's eyes to move involuntarily.
Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2002.

Personal Quotes (4)

Almost every man I've ever met says to me, "Boy, did my wife make love to me that night, when she saw Dracula (1979).".
There are certain animals in the jungle that you watch, and I like to be one of those. There are other animals about whom you say: "Oh, was he in the play? I didn't notice.". I want to be one of the animals you watch. Once I walk out there [on stage] it only matters that I viscerally and emotionally move you. That's my game. My job is to take you right to the edge of every emotion that is required by whatever the character has to do.
As you get older, you learn what you can endure. And I know that I just can't endure living in a trailer in Burbank anymore and saying things like "And what did forensics tell you?".
[re aging as an actor, and having] ...the horrible and frightening revelation that in order to be good at what you do, you have to go deeper and deeper with each part and have to eviscerate yourself in a way that the man in the audience would never dream of doing. It may be that I keep doing it because I'm afraid to die. It may be that simple fact. The idea of saying, "I did this, I won that, I didn't win that, and now I'll just stop." - that isn't me. I'm a worker. If I don't pit myself against things that are larger than myself, I'm lost.

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