- Stephen Lang (actor)
name = Stephen Lang
caption = Stephen Lang (left) with Senator Daniel Inouye in 2005.
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New York City, U.S.
Stephen Lang (born July 11, 1952) is an American
film actorwho started in theatreon Broadway. He is currently co-artistic director (along with Carlin Glynnand Lee Grant) of the famed Actor's Studioat its headquarters in New York City. He is currently represented by Innovative Artists.
Lang was born in
New York City, the son of Theresa (née Volmer) and Eugene Lang, who works in business and philantropy. [http://www.filmreference.com/film/63/Stephen-Lang.html Stephen Lang Biography (1952-) ] ] He married Kristina Watson, a costume designer and teacher, on June 1, 1980. They have four children, Lucy Jane, Noah, Grace and Daniel. Lang attended the P S 178 school in Jamaica Estates, Queens. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800023697/bio Stephen Lang Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9401E5DA173CF93AA25757C0A96E958260 Stephen Lang, 'An Actor's Actor' - New York Times ] ] He graduated from Swarthmore Collegein 1973 with a degree in Theatre.
Lang played one of
Dustin Hoffman's sons (Happy) in the Broadway revival of " Death of a Salesman" in 1985, and appeared in the first Hannibal Lecterfilm, "Manhunter" (1986), as reporter Freddy Lounds. [ [http://search.msn.com/images/results.aspx?q=STEPHEN+LANG&FORM=MSNH&mkt=en- Live Search - Images : STEPHEN LANG ] ] From 1986 to 1988, he played attorney David Abrams in the television series "Crime Story." He played the title role in the NBC 1991 made-for-television film, "Babe Ruth". He later played the "One Armed Man" in the 2000 revival of "The Fugitive" starring Tim Daly. The series was a modest success, but only lasted one season due to its expensive production budget.
In 1992, he was nominated for a
Tony Awardfor his lead role in " The Speed of Darkness." His role in the film "Last Exit to Brooklyn" garnered him universal acclaim and Oscar buzz, but its limited release prevented the film from reaching a wider audience. On stage, he was the first to play the role of Col. Nathan Jessup in " A Few Good Men," a role made famous on film (1992) by Jack Nicholson. He is the winner of over half a dozen theatre awards including the Drama Desk and Helen Hayes awards.
He played Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett in the 1993 film "Gettysburg" and
Thomas "Stonewall" Jacksonin the 2003 film "Gods and Generals," both from director Ronald F. Maxwell. Arguably his most famous film role was his portrayal of the villainous Ike Clantonin the successful 1993 Western "Tombstone," with Kurt Russelland Val Kilmer.
Arthur Miller's death in February 2005, Lang appeared in his longtime friend's last play which was Titled "Finishing the Picture." It premiered at the Goodman Theatrein Chicagoin the Fall of 2004. This was the same theatre where Lang had the second run of his own play "Beyond Glory," which had premiered in Arlington, Virginia early in 2004, and also his Tony-nominated portrayal for "The Speed of Darkness." In 2006 he played the role of Colonel Littlefield in John Patrick Shanley's play "Defiance". He brought "Beyond Glory" to Roundabout's Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre in 2007. [ [http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110010444 The Wall Street Journal Online - Wonder Land ] ] Since its New York City premiere, "Beyond Glory" has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Lucille Lortel Award both for outstanding solo performance. [ [http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/arts/2008/04/28/2008-04-28_drama_desk_nominees_announced.html?page=1 Drama Desk nominees announced ] ] [ [http://www.lortel.org/LLF_awards/index.cfm?page=nominees Lucille Lortel Awards, Off-Broadway Awards ] ]
Recently, he filmed a key role in the ESPN mini-series "
The Bronx is Burning" as well as roles in the independent features "Save Me" and "From Mexico With Love." On August 3rd, 2007, Twentieth Century Foxannounced that Lang has signed on to play a lead role in James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar. [ [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117969650.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 Lang, Rodriguez armed for 'Avatar' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety ] ]
He recently joined the cast of Michael Mann's film Public Enemies as Texas Ranger Charles Winstead, the man widely considered to have fired the shots that killed
John Dillinger. [ [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983380.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 Crudup to play Hoover in 'Public' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety ] ] [http://books.google.com/books?id=9E1t-2ER7QcC&pg=RA3-PA401&lpg=RA3-PA401&dq=charles+winstead+killed+john+dillinger&source=web&ots=gUN80kRurS&sig=4lIUgg3Qcanpn6edSOqXDzP_DXw&hl=en]
* [http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/events/2005-09-22-stephenLangLarrySmith.jsp Interview] on "Beyond Glory" at the
Pritzker Military Library
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