Born in January 1, 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey, Frank Langella is a stage and film actor whose credentials include three Tony Awards, including one for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in Frost/Nixon in 2007. The son of a business executive, Langella is Italian-American who attended Washington Elementary School and Bayonne High school before he graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 majoring in drama.
Early in his professional career, Frank Langella became known for the lead in the Broadway production of Dracula. His performance, according to critics, always exuded a lot of sexual energy on stage. He joked that “Boy, did my wife make love to me that night!” Despite favorable reviews on the stage release, he was hesitant to reprise his role in the subsequent film version, he was persuaded to do so opposite Sir Laurence Olivier. On his last day of shooting, he hung the cloak on a costume rack and knew that he may have caused himself to be typecast in the role.
Langella went on to play Sherlock Holmes in an HBO adaptation of the famous stage play. He reprised the role on Broadway in 1987 in Sherlock’s Last Case. He also played the villain Skeletor in Masters of the Universe in the same year. Despite avoiding to star in film and television to focus on theater, he found himself making memorable episodes on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, the short-lived sitcom Kitchen Confidential, and the 1995 release Cutthroat Island. Meanwhile, he received the Boston Society of Film Critics Award in 2007 for playing an elderly novelist in Starting Out in the Evening.
Despite massive success in film and television, Langella remains to be best known for his stage appearances. It is reported that he would reprise his Tony Award-winning performance in Frost/Nixon in a film adaptation.