Frank Langella
American actor
Frank Langella
Frank A. Langella, Jr. is an American stage and film actor. He has won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon and later received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the same role in the film, Frost/Nixon (2008).
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'Youth In Oregon' Follows A Fractious Family On A Bittersweet Road Trip
NPR - 19 days
Frank Langella is an aging, stoic patriarch determined to end his life in this uneven but effective cross-country comedy-drama. (Image credit: Orion Pictures)
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Aisle View: The 2016 Ten Best List
Huffington Post - 2 months
2016: The Best New York Theatre Once again, the New York theatre world has had a banner year, with exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway and off. In a continuing trend, many of the selections are transfers from non-profits or new productions from Broadway non-profits. Little matter; the productions below for the most part transported their audiences. Let it be added that two top flight musicals which are likely to appear on most or all of this year's Ten Best Lists -- Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Falsettos -- have been omitted herein due to conflicts of interest. (I recently coauthored, with Dave Malloy, "The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway"; and in 1990 coproduced the original production of William Finn's Falsettoland.) Thus, both are officially unlisted but highly recommended -- and you only have until January 8 to see Falsettos, so what are you waiting for? DEAR EVAN HANSEN Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Photo: M ...
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Viggo Mortensen's Hippie Heroics in Captain Fantastic
Huffington Post - 4 months
The movie Captain Fantastic sounds like an action adventure, and it is, if you consider parenting a thrilling sport. The opening shows bare chested young people making their way through the forest, foraging for food, dismembering prey, a primitive tribe. But no, the movie takes place in the "so-called" present civilized world, in a family whose father played with handsome hippie looks by Viggo Mortensen, home schools his six children in the ways of the wilderness, that is, if you call a teepee a home. Beautifully acted with a stellar cast including Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, and the great Frank Langella, as written and directed by Matt Ross, Captain Fantastic is the best movie about parenting I've ever seen. At a luncheon at the Explorers Club celebrating this film, Viggo Mortensen praised Matt Ross' direction, but especially his script. Although the circumstances become dire, there are no heroes or villains, even though you root for Viggo Mortensen's Ben whose parenting skills do not ...
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5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Movie (and wine) buffs need to get in gear now - the last film fest of the season is too good to miss. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) It's the last film festival of the year - and it's in northern Californian wine country. Need we say more? The six-year-old Napa Valley Film Festival is rolling out some big names, new movie-watching venues (in wineries, of course), and a brand-new schedule. The festival incorporates all four Napa towns (Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga) for movie showings, cooking demos, wine-tasting, and unique events. Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons not to miss this year's wine-fueled movie celebration, November 9-16. We'll cheers to that! 1. The celebs The Celebrity Tributes night on Thursday alone features Lee Daniels (creator of Empire), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, showing at the festival), and Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight). Also appearing at the festival: Matthew Mc ...
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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Frank Langella 'I urge you, Orlando, to be strong'
Yahoo News - 8 months
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Photos: Jessica Lange and Frank Langella Reunite on Broadway
ABC News - 10 months
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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7 Adaptation Rules from the Screenwriter of Dracula</em> and Contact</em>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Guest Blogger James V. Hart brings his three decades of experience as a major Hollywood screenwriter, and 20 years teaching seminars around the world. J.V. is most known for writing Hook, Epic, Contact and Dracula. He is also the co-creator of the HartChart, a story mapping tool to track the emotions of your characters and their journeys. It helps writers visualize the rise and fall of characters as they make choices and proceed through the story. We previously interviewed Hart in How Screenwriters Can Find the Emotional Journey of Their Characters. I realized in prepping for this blog that my career has been bu ...
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Viggo Mortensen Raises A Family Off The Grid In Sundance's Triumphant 'Captain Fantastic'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Film festivals are all-day affairs, stuffed with one movie, interview, party and hurried pizza slice after the next. By the time I took my seat for Sundance's Saturday evening premiere of "Captain Fantastic" -- my seventh screening in three days -- I was glassy-eyed and ready for a nap. Two hours later, I was on my feet, joining the entirety of the large Eccles Theater in a standing ovation. Suddenly, my Sundance spunk was renewed.  It's easy to get swept up by a movie that stands out amid a bunch of lukewarm fare. It happened last year when the Eccles crowd rose in adoration for "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a movie that spent the rest of 2015 facing backlash and box-office defeat. (For the record, I wasn't a fan.) I'm confident "Captain Fantastic" is no "Me and Earl." There is a dying girl, but no matter: This is a spirited film celebrating life and ingenuity.  It's Matt Ross' second directorial effort, following 2012's "28 Hotel Rooms." You'll recognize Ross as Gavin Bel ...
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'The Hateful Eight' and Twenty-Six Other Films Where Worse Things Happen to Jennifer Jason Leigh
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I would have given a lot to see Jennifer Jason Leigh in Cabaret a few years ago, but I'm probably going to skip the new Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight. If I wanted to spend three hours hearing fake cowboys say the N-word in the snow, I'd change planes in Calgary. I'm also sort of done with hilarious violence, and whatever irony there was to the way Tarantino employs it, the surprise wore off in about 1998. Maybe we could all use a break. I'm not blaming violent movies for gun violence, that's silly. I don't think Tarantino causes anything except ennui. But ever since the theatre shootings in Paris and Aurora, and this summer in Lafayette at a showing of Trainwreck, I've enjoyed thinking about the audience massacre in Inglourious Basterds even less than when I saw it the first time. It's farce repeated as tragedy. Now Variety reports that "whispers of misogyny" are setting The Hateful Eight up for a "possible" backlash. Everyone shoots everyone in The Hateful Eight, obviously, ...
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Aisle View: The Final <i>Visit</i>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Chita Rivera in Kander &amp; Ebb's The Visit. Photo: Thom Kaine It's a funny thing about unproduced musicals. Many are instantly disposable and disposed, but we are here talking about unproduced musicals by Broadway giants. Shouldn't anything written by the likes of Rodgers, Sondheim, Styne, Loesser or Kander &amp; Ebb automatically deserve production? For curiosity's sake, yes. But practically? Looking through the annals, we find very few musicals--unproduced or effectively abandoned after an unsuccessful tryout--which, upon arriving more than a decade later, proved their worth. The occasion of this discourse is the new musical by the final names on the list above, The Visit, which opened tonight--finally!--at the Lyceum. The musical, with a book by Terrence McNally (who had previously collaborated with Kander &amp; Ebb on The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, both starring Chita Rivera), was initially written in the last century. Work started in 1998 or so, and it w ...
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Zooey Deschanel Says That Whole 'Adorkable' Thing Was Just A Marketing Scheme
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Word to the wise: Stop referring to Zooey Deschanel as "adorkable." The term has been used to describe the "New Girl" star ever since the show premiered in 2011, but Deschanel is over the expression. In an interview with The Huffington Post, the 35-year-old actress admits she's sometimes misinterpreted by the public. "I don’t always identify, perhaps, with the way that I’m portrayed in certain public contexts. I try to stay away from that sort of thing," she explained, adding that the word "adorkable" was a successful "New Girl" marketing campaign. "That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean? That was our marketing department at Fox and they did a really good job with our first season, but that's a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don’t personally have identification with that word myself." "In addition, I don’t really care what people think of me," she continued. "I know that sounds crazy because you’re supposed to care about wh ...
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Celebrating BAM and Its 'King Lear'
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
The theater world celebrated the Brooklyn Academy of Music at its annual gala and the fact that the New York's most buzzed about play, a production of "King Lear" starring Frank Langella, was being staged miles from Times Square.
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This Week On Stage: Rebecca Hall and Frank Langella take on the classics
Entertainment Weekly - about 3 years
The winter chill may still be in the air but the theater season hasn’t cooled down too much; an extension
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First Nighter: Frank Langella Fights the <i>King Lear</i> Storm and Conquers
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Frank Langella is doing a completely respectable King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey in William Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. But wait. Better be more specific, since in discussing the daunting role, the actor is on record as saying he makes a very deliberate point of never giving the same performance twice. Probably no one working on stage does precisely the same thing night after night after matinee after night, but apparently Langella is adamant about not repeating himself. So this review covers only one quite specific outing and may have little or nothing in common with either the subsequent performances here or the performance(s) British critics saw when they carried on about Langella's Chichester Festival version(s) in the now transferred Angus Jackson production. At the Sunday matinee I attended -- the one described above as "completely respectable" -- Langella was much more than that in the opening sequence when Lear, looking to divide his ...
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<i>Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight</i>: Rumble in the High Court
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A monstrous superstar refuses to fight in a war so controversial that it brought about a social revolution, and defends his position until he's heard at the highest levels. It was world news when the U.S. Supreme Court took on the heavyweight champion's case in his bid to legally decline to serve in the Vietnam War, and I had no idea it ever happened. Though I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I had never heard of Clay V. United States, I suspect I'm one of the millions-strong target audience that Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is aiming to educate. Ali stayed seated as he was called to service in 1967, knowing he was committing a felony that carried a steep fine and possible prison time. His boxing license was suspended, his title was stripped, and the Justice Department determined that his newfound religious faith rooted in the Nation of Islam didn't satisfy the requirements for conscientious objector status. Banned from the ring, Ali launched into the heart of the anti-war and racial u ...
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'Grace of Monaco' Trailer Puts Nicole Kidman in Best Actress Race
Moviefone Blog - over 3 years
There have already been a number of leading ladies who have solidified their position in the Best Actress Oscar nomination race, with Sandra Bullock in "Gravity" and Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" clear frontrunners. But one of the biggest X-factors in the category has been Nicole Kidman's role as Grace Kelly in "Grace of Monaco." The biopic, directed by Olivier Dahan, who tackled the similarly larger-than-life figure of Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose," is scheduled to be released on November 27 -- right in the heat of gladiatorial Oscar combat -- and the new trailer for the film more or less cements the fact that "Grace" is going to be a contender. While we don't hear or see Nicole Kidman speak as Grace Kelly, we are treated to voiceover narration by Frank Langella, who sums things up nicely: "You are the fairy tale, the serenity to which we all aspire." The trailer languishes over shots of glittery opulence, luxuriating in Kidman's face and figure, without giving anything away ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Langella
  • 2016
    Age 78
    In 2016, he played the title role in Doug Hughes' production of the US premiere of Florian Zeller's play The Father at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway. Langella was married to Ruth Weil from June 14, 1977 to their divorce in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children. He also then lived with actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg, whom he had met on the set of Eddie. From 1996 they were together but they separated in March 2001. Langella published a memoir in 2012 called Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them. In a review in the New York Times Book Review, Ada Calhoun wrote that "Langella's book celebrated sluttiness as a worthy—even noble—way of life. There was so much happy sexuality in this book that reading it was like being flirted with for a whole party by the hottest person in the room. It was no wonder Langella was invited everywhere." Langella's awards include two Obie Awards in 1965 for Best Performance in the play The Old Glory by Robert Lowell and for Distinguished Performance in John Webster's play The White Devil that same year, a Tony in 2002 for Best Supporting Actor in Ivan Turgenev's Fortune's Fool, and Tonys for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1975 for Edward Albee's Seascape, in 2007 for Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, and in 2016 for his role as André in The Father. He also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Richard Nixon in the film Frost/Nixon (2008). Langella was nominated for two other Best Leading Actor in a Play Tonys: first in 1978 for the Edward Gorey-designed revival of Bram Stoker's Dracula and again in 2004 for Stephen Belber's Match.
  • 2009
    Age 71
    In late 2009, he starred alongside Cameron Diaz and re-united with Superman Returns co-star James Marsden in the Richard Kelly film The Box.
    More Details Hide Details Langella starred in the drama thriller Unknown, which was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and was released in 2011. In October and November 2013, Langella played King Lear at the Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, UK. It travelled to the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2014.
  • 2008
    Age 70
    He starred as Sir Thomas More in the 2008 Broadway revival of A Man for All Seasons.
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    He reprised the role of Nixon in the 2008 Oscar nominated Best Picture film Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard.
    More Details Hide Details He received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA nominations for Best Actor for his performance. He was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actor category for the role, losing to Sean Penn's performance in Milk. In 2000, he played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. He has also appeared in notable off-Broadway productions, including in the title role of Robert Kalfin's Chelsea Theater Center production of The Prince of Homburg, which was filmed by PBS for the Theatre in America series.
  • 2007
    Age 69
    He was cast as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, which received enthusiastic reviews during a run at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London before moving to New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April 2007, culminating in Langella's third Tony Award.
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    Langella received critical acclaim as well as the Boston Society of Film Critics Award in 2007 for his sensitive portrayal of an elderly novelist in Starting Out in the Evening.
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  • 1995
    Age 57
    On film, he played Clare Quilty in Adrian Lyne's adaptation of Lolita and appeared as a villainous pirate in the summer 1995 release Cutthroat Island.
    More Details Hide Details His film work also includes roles in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) as former CBS chief executive William S. Paley and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns (2006) as Daily Planet editor Perry White.
  • 1993
    Age 55
    In 1993, he made a three-episode appearance on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the devious Jaro Essa.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared as Al Baker in "Dominance", a 2003 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and had a recurring role as Pino in the 2005 short-lived sitcom Kitchen Confidential.
  • 1987
    Age 49
    He repeated the role on Broadway in 1987 in Charles Marowitz's play Sherlock's Last Case.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Langella would also portray the villain Skeletor in Masters of the Universe, which he has described as one of his favorite roles. In 1988, Langella co-starred in the film And God Created Woman.
  • 1981
    Age 43
    But Langella would continue to juggle film and television with his stage work, playing Sherlock Holmes in a 1981 adaptation of William Gillette's play Sherlock Holmes.
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  • 1975
    Age 37
    Langella won his first Tony Award for his performance in Edward Albee's Seascape and 1975 and was nominated again for what may have been the performance for which he was best known in the early part of his career: the title role of the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his initial misgivings about continuing to play the role, he was persuaded to star opposite Laurence Olivier in the subsequent film version directed by John Badham. He eschewed the career of a traditional film star by always making the stage the focal point of his career, appearing on Broadway in such plays as Strindberg's The Father (winning a Drama Desk Award), Match (Tony Award nomination), and Fortune's Fool, for which he won a second Tony Award.
  • 1968
    Age 30
    He followed this role by appearing in William Gibson's A Cry of Players, playing a young, highly fictionalized William Shakespeare, opposite Anne Bancroft at the same venue in 1968, and won film fame in two 1970 films: Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs and Frank Perry's Diary of a Mad Housewife, being nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the latter.
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  • 1966
    Age 28
    Langella appeared off-Broadway (e. g. in The Immoralist at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 1963, and Robert Lowell's The Old Glory in 1965) before he made his first foray on a Broadway stage in New York in Federico García Lorca's Yerma at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center, on December 8, 1966.
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  • 1955
    Age 17
    After the family moved to South Orange, New Jersey, he graduated from Columbia High School, in the South Orange-Maplewood School District, in 1955, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama.
    More Details Hide Details He remains a brother of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity.
  • 1938
    Age 0
    Born on January 1, 1938.
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