Frank Langella Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 12 Jun, 2018
Facts of Frank Langella
Date of Birth: 1938 , January-1
Age: 81 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 3 Inch
Name Frank Langella
Birth Name Frank A. Langella Jr.
Father Frank A. Langella Sr.
Mother Angelina Langella
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Bayonne, New Jersey
Ethnicity white-American
Profession Actor
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color white
Face Color White
Affair with Whoopi Goldberg (1996-2001)
Married Ruth Weil (m. 19771996)
Children a daughter, Sarah Langellaand a son,Frank A. Langella III
Education Washington Elementary School, High School in Bayonne, Columbia High School, South Orange-Maplewood School District, Lincoln Center Repertory Company
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Frank Langella is an undeniable talent in Hollywood, entertaining the audience since 1963. He is best known for his role as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon for which he won two Tony Awards and also appeared in the film of the same title. Some of his notable films include Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970),  Masters of the Universe (1987),  Dave (1993), and Good Night and Good Luck (2005) among others.

Early Life Of Frank Langella 

Frank Langella was born on  January 1, 1938, in Bayonne, New Jersey to Angelina Langella and Frank A. Langella Sr. His father was a business executive and president of the Bayonne Barrel and Drum Company.

Langella attended Washington Elementary School and Bayonne High School in Bayonne. Later, he moved to  South Orange, New Jersey along with his family and graduated from Columbia High School.

He then attended South Orange-Maplewood School District. Langella completed his bachelor degree in drama from  Syracuse University in 1959. He studied acting at the Lincoln Center Repertory Company.

Frank Langella's Career

Stage and Movie

Frank Langella began his career as a theater actor, worked with theater companies in the East Coast and the Mid-West. In 1963, he made his debut in the New York theater arena playing a lead role in an Off-Broadway revival of The Immoralist.

In 1970, Langella made his film debut in American comedy-drama film, Diary of a Mad Housewife as George Prager. The same year, he portrayed the lead character Ostap Bender in American comedy film, The Twelve Chairs, written and directed by Mel Brooks.

CAPTION: Frank Langella SOURCE: ethnicelebs.com

Langella starred as Count Dracula in the 1977 stage play drama, Dracula, which earned him a lot of appreciation, and the play received more accolades than expected. In 1979, he portrayed the same role in British American-horror film, Dracula, but the film was not a commercial success.

In 1993, Langella appeared as Bob Alexander in American political comedy film, Dave. He then played in the films Junior (1994), Lolita (1997), The Ninth Gate (1999) among others.

In 1987, Langella portrayed the character Skeletor in an American science fantasy film, Masters of the Universe, and in 1988, he acted in the movie And God Created Woman.

During the 2000s, Langella portrayed several roles in movies such as Sweet November and House of D. He was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in 2005 American historical drama film, Good Night, and Good Luck.

In 2006, Langella appeared as Perry White in American superhero film, Superman Returns. His roles in Starting Out in the Evening received immense critical acclaim and a lot of nominations including Satellite Award for Best Actor and Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male.

Langella won African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast and was nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Actor among many other wins and nomination for his performances in 2008 British-American historical drama film, Frost/Nixon.

Langella then appeared in a number of movies such as The Tale of Despereaux (2008), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Robot & Frank (2012), Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014), and Captain Fantastic (2016) among others.

Television Series

Frank Langella appeared in an episode of 1965 television series, The Trials of O'Brien as Michael Romani. He played the uncredited role as Minister Jaro Essa in 1993 science fiction television series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, starring Avery Brooks, René Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, and others.

From 2015 and 2017, Langella starred in American period drama television series, The Americans as Gabriel. He also lent his voice to the character Commodore Francis Stoat in an episode of American adult animated sitcom, American Dad!.

Some of his television credits include The Mark of Zorro, CBS Summer Playhouse, Jason and the Argonauts, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, and All the Way among others. He also voiced in 2017 ’s video game, Destiny 2.

Langella’s upcoming project is American comedy-drama television series, Kidding as Seb, alongside Jim Carrey, and Catherine Keener. Moreover, he will also be seen in the sixth and final season of The Americans, which will premier in March 2018.

Frank Langella's Books

Frank Langella is also an author of two books. His first book, Frank Langella’s Cyrano: An Adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac was published in 1999. 

In 2012, Langella published his second book Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them, where he wrote about a good deal about his interactions with many famous people, mostly from the entertainment industry.  

Frank Langella's Awards and Nominations

Frank Langella has won and been nominated for several prestigious awards. Some of them are listed below.

Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated for Golden Globe Award under Most Promising Newcomer in Male

The Twelve Chairs (1970)

National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor

Dracula (1979)

Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Actor

CAPTION: Frank Langella holding award SOURCE: elcinedeloqueyotediga.net

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award under Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated for Chicago Film Critics Association Award under Best Actor
Nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated for National Society of Film Critics Award under Best Actor
Nominated for Online Film Critics Society Award under Best Actor
Nominated for Satellite Award under Best Actor in Motion Picture

Frost/Nixon (2008)

African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated for Academy Award under Best Actor
Nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated for Broadcast Film Critics Association Award under Best Actor
Nominated for Chicago Film Critics Association Award under Best Actor
Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor under Motion Picture Drama
Nominated for London Film Critics' Circle Award under Actor of the Year
Nominated for Online Film Critics Society Award under Best Actor
Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Actor under Motion Picture
Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award under Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award under Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Box (2009)

Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Frank Langella's Net Worth

Frank Langella has an estimated net worth of $5 million which he garnered from his stage and filmography career. He made $150k-$300k from his appearances in films and TV series. 

Langella appeared in a number of movies, and some of the hit movies are given below with their box-office collection 

Movie  Role Budget Box-office collection IMDB rating Cast Member 
Dave (1993) Bob Alexander $28 million $63.3 million 6.8 Kevin Kline
Sigourney Weaver
Kevin Dunn
Ving Rhames
Ben Kingsley
Junior (1994) Dr. Noah Banes $60 million $108.4 million 4.6 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Danny DeVito
Emma Thompson
Aida Turturro
Pamela Reed
The Ninth Gate (1999) Boris Balkan $38 million $58.4 million 6.7 Johnny Depp
Lena Olin
James Russo
Jack Taylor
Emmanuelle Seigner
Sweet November (2001)  Edgar Price $40 million $65.8 million 6.7 Keanu Reeves
Charlize Theron
Jason Isaacs
Greg Germann
Lauren Graham
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)  William Paley, chief executive of CBS $7 million $56.5 million 7.5 David Strathairn
Patricia Clarkson
George Clooney
Jeff Daniels
Robert Downey, Jr.
Superman Returns (2006) Daily Planet editor Perry White

$223 million (gross), 

$204 million (net)

$391.1 million 6.1 Brandon Routh
Kate Bosworth
Kevin Spacey
James Marsden
Eva Marie Saint
Frost/Nixon (2008) Richard Nixon $25 million $27.4 million 7.7 Michael Sheen
Kevin Bacon
Rebecca Hall
Toby Jones
Matthew Macfadyen
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)  Louis Zabel $70 million $134.7 million 6.2 Michael Douglas
Shia LaBeouf
Josh Brolin
Carey Mulligan
Eli Wallach

Frank Langella's Personal Life

Frank Langella is possibly single at the moment but previously he was in a marital relationship with Ruth Weil, tied the knot on June 4, 1977. The duo exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony. The duo shares two children, a daughter, Sarah Langella and a son, Frank A. Langella III. The couple split in 1996.

CAPTION: Frank Langella's ex-wife Ruth Weil SOURCE: Zimbio

He then dated actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg. The duo first met on the set of basketball comedy show, Eddie and eventually fell in love. They were together for 5 years before their official break up in March 2001.

CAPTION: Frank Langella's ex-partner Whoopi Goldberg SOURCE: Vulture

In 2012, Langella published a memoir,  Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them. He has nystagmus, a condition which causes a person's eyes to make repetitive, uncontrolled movements and he is left-handed.

Below, we present the interview of Frank Langella 

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