Frank A. Langella Jr. (born January 1, 1938) is a prolific American stage and film actor.
He has won four Tony Awards, two for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as Richard Nixon in the play Frost/Nixon and for his role as André in The Father, and two for Best Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Leslie in Edward Albee's Seascape and for his role as Flegont Alexandrovitch Tropatchov in Ivan Turgenev's Fortunes Fool.
He Appeared in:
- Dracula (1979)
- Masters of the Universe (1987)
- 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
- Body of Evidence (1993)
- Dave (1993)
- Brainscan (1994)
- Junior (1994)
- Cutthroat Island (1995)
- Lolita (1997)
- Small Soldiers (1998 ; voice only)
- The Ninth Gate (1999)
- Good Night, and Good Luck.(2005)
- Superman Returns (2006)
- Frost/Nixon (2008)
- The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
- The Box (2009)
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
- Unknown (2011)
- Robot and Frank (2012)
- Muppets Most Wanted
- Noah (2014 ; voice only)
- Draft Day (2014)
- Captain Fantastic (2016)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1973)
- The Mark of Zorro (1974, television film)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
- Jason and the Argonauts (2000, television film)
- Cry Baby Lane (2000, television film)
- Kitchen Confidential (2005-2006)
- Law & Order: SVU (2006)
- 10.5: Apocalypse (2006)
- The Americans (2013)
- All the Way (2016)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Tempest
- Sherlock Holmes
- After The Fall
- Cyrano de Bergerac
- A Christmas Carol
- King Lear
- Destiny 2 (2017)
- Awesome, Dear Boy: The reason why he participated in Masters of the Universe, with a dash of So My Kids Can Watch. Despite the movie's general dodginess, he's generally considered as the very best part of it.
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice, so this naturally applies to all his characters.
- Bald of Awesome: He starts losing his hair in his elder years, but he continues to play awesome characters.
- Chewing the Scenery: If he wants to, he can be very theatrical with his characters.
- The Rival: Mainly for playing the same roles.
- He and Anthony Hopkins both received Oscar nominations for portraying Richard Nixon: Langella for Frost/Nixon in 2008, and Hopkins for Nixon in 1995. Both have also played the titular Zorro: Langella on The Mark of Zorro in 1974, and Hopkins on The Mask of Zorro'' in 1998.
- He is one of the few actors to play both Dracula and Sherlock Holmes along with Christopher Lee and Richard Roxburgh.
- He has two roles in common with Duncan Regehr: Both have also played the titular Zorro: Langella on The Mark of Zorro in 1974, while Regehr played him in a 1990 TV series. He and Langella also played Count Dracula: Langella in Dracula (1979), and Regehr in The Monster Squad. Both actors also played Bajoran politicians in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Role Reprisal:
- Rule of Sean Connery: If he's in something, chances are that he'll be the best part of it.
- Shakespearean Actors: A multi-time Tony winner, he has appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and King Lear. He also played William Shakespeare himself in A Cry Of Players.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Most definitely in his 70's heyday. Standing 6'3" does help quite a bit.