One of America’s most celebrated stage actors, though best known in his Oscar-nominated role as disgraced president Richard Nixon in the recent hit film Frost/Nixon, Langella has laid bare — as only a privileged insider really can — the huge egos, crushing insecurity and, all too often, unpleasantness of stars worshipped by millions.
In the world described by Langella, Richard Burton was a ‘crashing bore’ who liked to recite poetry in a drunken stupor, Rex Harrison was a ‘real son of a bitch’ terrified people would think he was homosexual (he wasn’t), and Laurence Olivier was a ‘silly old English gent who loved to play camp and gossip’.
popularly known as Frank Langella is one of the finest actors in America. His father was the president of the Bayonne Barrel and Drum Company.
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Frank Langella gave an emotional acceptance speech at the Tony Awards Sunday night, addressing the Orlando shooting to a somber crowd. It’s hardly the first mention of the shooting at Broadway’s biggest night.
Langella, accepting his fourth Tony win, said that he was putting aside his thank yous because of what he called “a dose of true reality — what happened today in Orlando.” An instant hush fell over the theater as the renowned actor spoke. I’m standing in a room full of the most generous human beings on earth and we will be with you every step of the way.” Langella won best leading actor in a play for his work in “The Father.” Fifty people were killed and 53 more were injured at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday in what is being billed as the deadliest mass shooting in U. Host James Corden kicked off the show by addressing the attack, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, accepting his award for best original score for “Hamilton,” also paid tribute to the victims of the shooting.
He followed this role by appearing in William Gibson's A Cry of Players, playing a young, highly fictionalized William Shakespeare, opposite Anne Bancroft at the same venue in 1968, and won film fame in two 1970 films: Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs and Frank Perry's Diary of a Mad Housewife, being nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the latter.
Langella won his first Tony Award for his performance in Edward Albee's Seascape and 1975 and was nominated again for what may have been the performance for which he was best known in the early part of his career: the title role of the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula.