Birthday: 11/01/1938 Year
Age: 76 years
Place of birth: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Nationality: United States
Frank Langella status as one of the most respected actors of the American scene is perfectly justified, and amazing charisma earned him two awards “Tony” at the age of 30 years. During his career, which includes more than 75 plays and three dozen films, Langella, with his penchant for bright, romantic heroes and ruthless villains, played such classic characters as Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Cyrano de Bergerac.
In the early years he preferred the classics, but his mature years found him in a free position in the shooting in modern films. Critics were marked movies “Dave” (1993), “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005) and the role of Richard Nixon, moved from the West End to Broadway and hit the silver screen in the film “Frost Nixon” (2008). Although prominent film roles eventually brought recognition actor on the big screen, Langella continues to play and outside the mainstream, preferring mass consumption Hollywood roles of professional tragedian.
Born November 1, 1938, Frank Langella grew up in Bayonne (New Jersey). From childhood he loved to listen to opera and perform on stage in the school theater performances. Then studied drama at Syracuse-Yunivёrsiti. After several years of performances with local troupes and summer theaters, joined the troupe “Lincoln Center Repertory Company”, where he became one of the permanent members and studied under the Elia Kazan. New York stsenicheksy debut did in the play “The Immoralist” in 1963, and spent the next decade mainly on the stage, creating a reputation for her roles in “The Old Glory” (1964), “Good Day” (1965) and “The White Devil “(1965). At the same time, was a frequent visitor Uilyamstounskogo Berkshirkskogo and theater festivals, where he played the role of Shakespeare’s “A Cry of Players” (1968) – it brought him another award “Drama Desk Award”.
Langella made a brilliant film debut as snobby and egotistical amoralist, fearing serious relationship in the film Frank Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Housewife” (1970). In the same year he again delivered a brilliant role of “grand strategist” in Mel Brooks’ “12 chairs”, having received the award for “Best Supporting Actor” from the “National Board of Review”.
After playing deranged counter-revolutionary, son of Rita Hayworth in the film “The Wrath of God” (1972), Langella has breathed life into the charismatic protagonist of the film “The Mark of Zorro” (1974).
The remainder of the ’70s, he spent mostly on stage, received the award “Tony” for his Broadway debut in the play by Edward Albee “Seascape” (1975). Legendary fire show in the Broadway production of “Dracula” (1977) brought another actor nomination for the award “Tony” – under the spotlight, he went out with a painter-decorator Edward Gorey, who created a magnificent backdrop for the magnificent action.
Attracted a large audience attended the actor in Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” by Tennessee Williams – plays, who starred in the film and broadcast later in the program “Theater in America” ??on channel PBS.
In 1979, Langella could not resist the temptation to re-appear in the image of Dracula in the eponymous feature film. The film turned out equally suitable for “bloodthirsty” audience and impressionable ladies swoon. Thoughtful and beautiful character Langella caused great excitement and became a kind of a sex symbol. In this image the actor went into the next decade.
In 1980, Langella tries himself as a director, putting on a Broadway play Albert Innaurato “Passione”. In the movie he is shooting suddenly popular film of Michael Pressman “Those lips, those eyes” (1980). One of the few real people who play Langella – Italian composer Antonio Salieri in Sir Peter Hall’s play “Amadeus” (1982). The following year, he achieves the role of Leonardo da Vinci in the series PBS “I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind” (1983).
One of his most famous roles – the role of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Langella appears in this image in the Broadway “Sherlock’s Last Case” (1987). Somewhat later he revived (and not without success) famous image in the series HBO “Sherlock Holmes.”
Its apex career Langella reached in the 1990s. He achieved fame respected stage and screen tragedian. Very convincing went villainous image duplicitous chief in the movie “Dave” (1993) and almost as ominous turned cynical weapons designer in the movie “Doomsday Weapon” (1994). Received mixed reviews the role of the second hunter juvenile seductive seductress – a writer, in the second film adaptation of Nabokov’s “Lolita” (1997). The controversial film was banned from being shown in cinemas, but went on television in 1998.
On television, the actor has left its mark, starring in the role of Pinot – rolling stock owners of expensive New York restaurant in a short sitcom “Kitchen Confidential” (Fox, 2005). One of the latest to date, “star” role Lanngelly – role in the horror film “Making” (2009).
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