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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)

Frank Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Angelina and Frank A. Langella, a business executive. He is of Italian descent.

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 (23)

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 for best featured actor in a Broadway play, in "Fortune's Fool" in 2002.
He was the last actor 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.
Received his Bachelor's degree in Drama from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York (1959).
Won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Frost/Nixon" in 2007.
Attended and graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1955.
He requested to be uncredited for his role as Minister Jaro Essa in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Homecoming (1993), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Circle (1993) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege (1993) because he did the series for his children who were fans of the series, not for 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 for Nixon (1995) and Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008). Although they were born in different tears, Hopkins is only one day older than Langella as the former was born on December 31, 1937 while the latter was born on January 1, 1938.
His date for the 2009 Academy Awards was his daughter Sarah Langella.
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.
He has two roles in common with Lane Smith: (1) Smith played US President Richard Nixon in The Final Days (1989) while Langella played him in Frost/Nixon (2008) and (2) Smith played Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) while Langella played him in Superman Returns (2006).
He has two roles in common with Christopher Lee, Richard Roxburgh and Anthony D.P. Mann: (1) Lee played Count Dracula in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976), Langella played him in Dracula (1979), Roxburgh played him in Van Helsing (2004) and Mann played him in Canucula! (Dracula in Canada) (2008) and Terror of Dracula (2012) and (2) Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Incident at Victoria Falls (1992), Langella played him in Standing Room Only: Sherlock Holmes (1981), Roxburgh played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) and Mann played him in Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers (2011).
He has two roles in common with Anthony Hopkins, who is only one day his senior: (1) Langella played Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro in The Mark of Zorro (1974) while Hopkins played him in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and (2) Hopkins played U.S. President Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995) while Langella played him in Frost/Nixon (2008). Both actors also appeared in adaptations of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula": Langella played the title character in Dracula (1979) while Hopkins played his arch-enemy Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula (1992).
He has two roles in common with Duncan Regehr: (1) Langella played Don Diego de la Vega / Zorro in The Mark of Zorro (1974) while Regehr played him in Zorro (1990) and (2) Langella played Count Dracula in Dracula (1979) while Regehr played him in The Monster Squad (1987).
He has appeared with Sigourney Weaver in three films: 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Dave (1993) and The Tale of Despereaux (2008).
He did not wear fangs when playing the title character in Dracula (1979). The same was true of Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931).

Personal Quotes (6)

Almost every man I've ever met says to me, "Boy, did my wife make love to me that night, when she saw 'Dracula'.".
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?".
[on 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.
[on his portrayal of Count Dracula on Broadway] I don't play him as a hair-raising ghoul. He is a nobleman, an elegant man with a difficult problem... a man with a unique and distinctive social problem: he has to have blood to live and he is immortal.
[on his role as Skeletor in Masters of the Universe (1987)] It's one of my favorite parts. I played him because my son was four years old and walked around with a sword yelling, "I have the power!". And he loved, loved, loved Skeletor. I didn't even blink when I was offered the role. I couldn't wait to play him.

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