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Biography #2 (for House of D)

Frank Langella, an Obie Award winner in 1965 for The Old Glory, a Best Supporting Actor Award winner in 1975 for Seascape, and a Tony and Drama Desk awards winner as Best Featured Actor in the Broadway production of Fortune's Fool in 2002, is a stage and screen actor of extreme versatility who first won acclaim on the New York stage in Seascape and followed up with the title role in the Edward Gorey production of Dracula. He repeated the role for the screen in 1979 and instantly became an international star.

Over the years Langella has done occasional films, but prefers to concentrate on his first love, the legitimate theater. His stage performances range from the Strindberg drama, The Father to Noel Coward's comedy, Present Laughter. He's also appeared in several productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival over the years.

Other film credits include: Diary of a Mad Housewife, The Twelve Chairs, The Wrath of God, The Mark of Zorro, Those Lips, Those Eyes, The Men's Club, Master of the Universe, And God Created Women, True Identity, 1942: Conquest of Paradise, Body of Evidence, Dave, Bad Company and Cutthroat Island.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "House of D" (07-May-2005)


Biography #3 (for Ninth Gate)

One of America's most distinctive screen, stage and television actors, Frank Langella's recent films include Adrian Lyne's Lolita, Bruce Wagner's I'm Losing You, and Steven Spielberg's Small Soldiers. He made his feature film debut in 1970 with Diary of a Mad Housewife, and his work in that film and in Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs led the National Society of Film Critics to name him the year's Best Supporting Actor. Among Langella's other films are Alegrķa, the first film from the Cirque du Soleil; Ivan Reitman's Dave; Eddie; 1492: Conquest of Paradise; Dracula (reprising his Broadway triumph); and Those Lips, Those Eyes. He will next be seen in the upcoming 15 Moments, a film by Denys Arcand, and begins shooting Sisters, a feature by Arthur Allan Seidelman, in early 2000.

Langella has been a force in American theatre for four decades, and has originated roles for the American premieres of works by Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, Mel Brooks, Edward Albee, Robert Lowell, Howard Barker and many others. He launched his New York career in 1963 in the off-Broadway production of The Immoralist. Langella was honored with three consecutive Obie Awards for his performances in The Old Glory, Good Day and The White Devil. His 1974 Broadway debut in Edward Albee's Seascape won him both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor. He subsequently earned three more Drama Desk Awards. In addition to his sexy, charismatic Dracula, Langella's Broadway credits include August Strindberg's The Father; Peter Nichols' Passion; Peter Shaffer's Amadeus; and Noel Coward's Design for Living, directed by the late George C. Scott.

Bio courtesy Artisan Entertainment for "Ninth Gate" (27-Oct-2002)


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