Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy Birthday - Frank Langella!

Gorgeousity.  Is that a word?  Who cares?  It fits.  

Of course he is here on this blog because he played Dracula, both on Broadway and on film.  

Playbill from 1978 New York production.

The film was released in 1979...
...and I haven't been the same since.  The most compelling, charismatic and irresistible Dracula ever.  (ok, maybe neck and neck with Lugosi.)

Sometimes it's just a swirl of a cape, or a kiss on the hand.

Speaking of his vampire role he said,
No kidding.

Frank Langella was a bouncing New Year's baby on January 1, 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey.  Just as successful on film as on stage, he is one of America's most talented and versatile actors.  And did I mention that he's gorgeous?  

He has played cads, e.g. in 1970's "Diary of a Mad Housewife" with Carrie Snodgress.  The film captured his first movie role as well as the feminist-consciousness-raising 1960's-1970's zeitgeist.  

He played a cad-turned-sort-of-good-guy in his next film, Mel Brooks' overlooked "The Twelve Chairs". 
"Out goes the bad air, in goes the good air...."

He's played heroes...Zorro, Sherlock Holmes...he's played Scrooge, he's played Sir Thomas More...heck he's even played Skeletor and Richard Nixon.

Great success which continues to this day, many awards, and did I mention he's fabulously gorgeous?

Happy Birthday, babe!!!!  

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