Frank Langella Biography (1940?-)

Born January 1, 1940 (some sources cite 1938), in Bayonne, NJ; son of Frank Langella (a business executive); married Ruth Weil (a magazine editor), June 14, 1977 (marriage ended, c. 1996); children: two. Addresses: Agent: Peter Strain and Associates, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1812, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Stone Manners Talent and Literary Agency, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
January 1, 1940?
Bayonne, New Jersey

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Eugene Gant, Look Homeward, Angel, Erie Playhouse, Erie, PA, 1960
  • Heinzie, Pajama Game, Erie Playhouse, 1960
  • Malcolm, Macbeth, Erie Playhouse, 1960
  • Michel, The Immoralist, Bouwerie Lane Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Title role, Benito Cereno (double-bill with The Old Glory),American Place Theatre at St. Clement's Church, New York City, 1964
  • Old Glory (double-bill with Benito Cereno), American PlaceTheatre at St. Clement's Church, 1964
  • Flamineo, The White Devil, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1965
  • Young man, Good Day, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Jamie, Long Day's Journey into Night, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1966
  • The Cretan Woman, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1966
  • The Skin of Our Teeth, Berkshire Theatre Festival, 1966
  • Juan, Yerma, Repertory Company of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center,Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1966-1967
  • Achilles, Iphigenia at Aulis, Circle in the Square, 1967
  • Title role, Dracula, Berkshire Theatre Festival, 1967
  • Urbain Grandier, The Devils, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1967
  • The Prince of Homburg, Cleveland Playhouse Company, Cleveland, OH,1967-1968
  • Narrator, The Peloponnesian War (multimedia production), Daniel Nagrin Company, 1968
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Long Island Festival Repertory Theatre,Mineola, NY, 1968
  • Will (William Shakespeare), A Cry of Players, Berkshire Theatre Festival, 1968, then Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968-1969
  • Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1971
  • Hoss, The Tooth of Crime, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1972
  • Loveless, The Relapse, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1972
  • Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1972
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo,NY, 1973
  • The Seagull, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1974
  • Leslie, Seascape, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1974-1975, thenShubert Theatre, Los Angeles, 1975
  • Ring round the Moon, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1975
  • Prince Friedrich Arthur of Homburg, The Prince of Homburg, ChelseaTheatre Center, Westwide Theatre Upstairs, New York City, 1976
  • Title role, Dracula, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1977-1980
  • Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1980
  • Antonio Salieri, Amadeus, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Night of 100 Stars (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982
  • Jim, Passion, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1983, also producedin London, 1983
  • Quentin, After the Fall, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1984
  • Otto, Design for Living, Circle in the Square, 1984-1985
  • Eddie, Hurlyburly, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock's Last Case, Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1987, then John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1987-1988
  • Le vicomte de Valmont, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Ahmanson Theatre,Los Angeles, c. 1988
  • Prospero, The Tempest, Roundabout Theatre Company, Union Square Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady (musical), Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX, 1991
  • Urgentiono, Scenes from an Execution, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1993
  • Junius, Booth, York Theatre Company, York Theatre at St. Peter's,New York City, 1994
  • The captain, The Father, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Garry Essedine, Present Laughter, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1996-1997
  • Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Laura Pels Theatre, New York City,1997-1998
  • The captain, The Father, Roundabout Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1998
  • Benito Cereno (staged reading), Theatre at the 92nd Street Y, NewYork City, 1998
  • Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City, 2000
  • Moon over Buffalo (also known as Over the Moon), Old Vic Theatre, London, 2001
  • Flegont Alexandrovitch Tropatchov, Fortune's Fool, Truglia Theatre, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford, CT, then Music Box Theatre, New York City, both 2002
  • Tobi Powell, Match, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • The Stendhal Syndrome, Primary Stages Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • Appeared as a son (flier), The Good Woman of Setzuan, and as Iago,Othello, both Directors Workshop, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New YorkCity; as Cliff, Look Back in Anger, and as Satan and Cain, Man, both Key Playhouse, New York City; appeared as Choubert, Victims of Duty, as the title role, George Dandin, and as Mr. Martin, The BaldSoprano, all Syracuse Repertory Theatre, Syracuse, NY; as Paul Verrall,Born Yesterday, and as the first man, A Thurber Carnival, bothNew Playhouse, Syracuse, NY; as John Buchanan, Jr., Eccentricities of a Nightingale, as an old actor, The Fantastics, and as Richard Rich, A Man for All Seasons, all Williamstown Theatre Festival; as Tom, The Glass Menagerie, and as Donald Gresham, The Moon Is Blue, both Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA; as Joe Pond, Charm, and as a milkman, Under the Yum Yum Tree, both Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA; as Jack, Jack; or, The Submission, and as a professor, The Lesson, both TuftsArena Theatre, Medford, MA. Also appeared as Valentine, Love for Love,Maidman Theatre, New York City; as the title role, Telemachus, New Dramatists Theatre, New York City; as Junius Brutus Booth, Booth Is Back, Long Wharf Theatre; as Caesar, Caesar and Cleopatra, Syracuse Repertory Theatre and Directors Workshop, Sheridan Square Playhouse; and as Rudolpho, A View from the Bridge, Charles Playhouse and Williamstown TheatreFestival.
  • Stage Director
  • John and Abigail, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1969
  • Passione, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Cyrano de Bergerac, Laura Pels Theatre, New York City, 1997-1998
  • Stage Producer
  • After the Fall, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1984
  • Sherlock's Last Case, Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1987, then John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1987-1988
  • Film Appearances
  • George Prager, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Universal, 1970
  • Ostap Bender, The Twelve Chairs, UMC, 1970
  • Philippe, The Deadly Trap (also known as Death Scream, House under the Trees, La maison sous les arbres, and Unico indizio: una sciarpa gialla), National General, 1972
  • Tomas de la Plata, The Wrath of God, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Title role, Dracula, Universal, 1979
  • Harry Crystal, Those Lips, Those Eyes, United Artists, 1980
  • Ahmed Khazzan, Sphinx, Orion/Warner Bros., 1981
  • Harold Canterbury, The Men's Club, Atlantic Releasing, 1986
  • Skeletor, Masters of the Universe, Cannon, 1987
  • James Tiernan, And God Created Woman, Vestron, 1988
  • The Magic Balloon, Showscan Film, 1990
  • Frank Luchino/Leland Carver, True Identity, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Luis de Santangel, 1492: The Conquest of Paradise (also known as 1492: Christophe Colomb, 1492: La conquete du paradis, and 1492: La conquista del paraiso), Paramount, 1992
  • Bob Alexander, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Jeffrey Roston, Body of Evidence (also known as Deadly Evidence), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Detective Hayden, Brainscan, Triumph Releasing, 1994
  • Noah Banes, Junior, Universal, 1994
  • Dawg Brown, Cutthroat Island (also known as Cut Throat, Corsari, Die Piratenbraut, and L'ile aux pirates), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1995
  • Vic Grimes, Bad Company (also known as The Tool Shed), Buena Vista, 1995
  • Wild Bill Burgess, Eddie (also known as Edwina), Buena Vista, 1996
  • Clare Quilty, Lolita, Samuel Goldwyn, 1997
  • Fleur, Alegria, 1998
  • Voice of Archer, Small Soldiers (also known as The Commando Elite), DreamWorks SKG, 1998
  • (Uncredited) Father, Dark Summer (also known as Innocents),Santelmo Entertainment, 1999
  • Perry Needham Krohn, I'm Losing You, Sterling Home Entertainment,1999
  • Blaine de Castillon, Stardom (also known as 15 Minutes andStardom--Le culte de la celebrite), Alliance Atlantis Communications,2000
  • Boris Balkan, The Ninth Gate (also known as La neuvieme porte and La novena puerta), Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • Edgar Price, Sweet November, Warner Bros., 2001
  • (Scenes deleted) Voice of the dragon, Red Dragon (also known as Roter Drache), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002
  • Himself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (documentary; also known as Broadway: The Golden Age and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films, 2003
  • House of D, Lions Gate Films, 2004
  • Back in the Day, c. 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Jackson Burns, The Beast, ABC, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Dumont, "The Ambassador," Benjamin Franklin, CBS, 1974
  • Memefta, Moses (also known as The Bible: Moses, Die Bibel--Moses, and Le Bible: Moise), TNT, 1996
  • Narrator, Stephen Hawking's Universe, PBS, 1997
  • Aertes, Jason and the Argonauts, NBC, 2000
  • Movies
  • Don Diego/Zorro, The Mark of Zorro, ABC, 1974
  • Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Liberty, NBC, 1986
  • Mr. Bennett, Cry Baby Lane, Nickelodeon, 2000
  • Specials
  • Jesus, CBS Easter Sunday Special, CBS, 1965
  • Benito Cereno, 1965
  • Konstantine Treplev, "The Seagull," Theatre in America, broadcaston Great Performances, PBS, 1975
  • John Buchanan, Jr., "Eccentricities of a Nightingale," Theatre in America, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1976
  • Prince, "The Prince of Homburg," Theatre in America, broadcast onGreat Performances, PBS, 1977
  • Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes (also known as Sherlock Holmes: The Strange Case of Alice Faulkner), HBO, 1981
  • Night of 100 Stars (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1982
  • Leonardo da Vinci, I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind (also knownas I, Leonardo), CBS, 1983
  • Narrator, Balanchine, PBS, 1984
  • Narrator, Stella Adler: Awake and Dream, PBS, 1989
  • Rita Hayworth: Dancing into the Dream, Cinemax, 1991
  • Voice of John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln, ABC, 1992
  • Dr. Gerald Bull, Doomsday Gun, HBO, 1994
  • Narrator, "Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage," American Masters, PBS, 1994
  • Narrator, Mummies (also known as Mummies and the Wonders of Ancient Egypt and Mummies! Tales from the Egyptian Crypts), Arts andEntertainment, 1996
  • Narrator, The Greatest Pharaohs (also known as The Great Pharaohs of Egypt), History Channel, 1997
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains (also knownas AFI's 100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains: America's Greatest ScreenCharacters), CBS, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1999
  • Presenter, The 57th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2003
  • The 58th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Michael Romani, "How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1965
  • Harry Tass, "Silent Target," Mannix, CBS, 1973
  • "Friends in High Places," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1973
  • "When the Girls Came Out to Play," Love Story, NBC, 1973
  • Jean LaFitte, "Jean LaFitte: Parts 1 & 2," Swiss Family Robinson, ABC, 1975
  • Dr. Frankel, "Fortitude," Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House (also knownas Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkey House and Welcome to theMonkey House), Showtime, 1993
  • (Uncredited) Minister Jaro Essa, "The Circle," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek:DS9), syndicated, 1993
  • (Uncredited) Minister Jaro Essa, "The Homecoming," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1993
  • (Uncredited) Minister Jaro Essa, "The Siege," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as Deep Space Nine, DS9, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1993
  • Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997
  • Guest, Theatre Talk, PBS, 2002, 2004
  • Al Baker, "Dominance," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (alsoknown as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC,2003
  • Pilots
  • Title role, "Dr. Paradise," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1988
  • William, 111 Gramercy Park, ABC, 2003
  • Other
  • "Good Day," Experiment in Television, NBC, 1965
  • John Adams, The American Woman: Portraits of Courage, 1976
  • Goddard Fulton, Kilroy, 1999
  • Videos
  • On the Set of Lolita, 1997
  • Stage Plays
  • Adaptor, Cyrano de Bergerac, Laura Pels Theatre, New York City, 1997-1998
  • Other
  • Contributor to periodicals, including the New York Times.

Further Reference


    • Hollywood Reporter, November 14, 1988
    • InTheater, November 28, 1997
    • Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1998
    • Newsday, January 16, 1994
    • New York, February 17, 1997, p. 40
    • New York Post, December 10, 1997
    • New York Times, September 17, 1989
    • Playbill, February 28, 1997, pp. 9-10; March 10, 1997
    • Playboy, August, 1979, pp. 156-57, 195
    •,, January 14, 1997

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