Frank Langella ’59 is considered among America’s greatest stage and film actors. Known for his powerful onstage presence and extreme versatility, his performances range from Strindberg’s drama The Father to Noel Coward’s comedy, Present Laughter. During his long and distinguished career, he has won international acclaim with well over two dozen nominations and awards, including Tonys, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cable ACE Awards, Obies, and various critics’ awards.
Not long after graduating from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts with a degree in theater arts, Langella made his New York stage debut as the lead in an off-Broadway revival of The Immoralist. During the next decade, he won three Obie Awards for his work off-Broadway and a Drama Desk Award for his work in A Cry of Players by William Gibson. In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s Seascape, for which he won another Drama Desk Award and the first of three Tony Awards.
Langella made his film debut in 1970 in Diary of a Mad Housewife. While appearing regularly in films and on television, he continued to be in great demand as a stage actor. In 1977, his outstanding performance as the bloodthirsty count in the Broadway revival of Dracula earned Langella his second Tony nomination. He reprised his performance for the film version of Dracula in 1979.
Continuing to work steadily on Broadway, Langella won a second Tony Award for Fortune’s Fool in 2003 and a third for Frost/Nixon in 2007. His success in film continued with his critically acclaimed portrayal of William S. Paley in Good Night, and Good Luck and his co-starring role in the 2006 summer blockbuster Superman Returns. In 2008, he was honored with a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, as well as Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for his portrayal of former president Richard Nixon in the film adaptation of Frost/Nixon.
Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2009, he was recognized by Syracuse University with an Arents Award for excellence in the performing arts.