Stephen Lang

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Stephen Lang
Lang at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1952-07-11) July 11, 1952 (age 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Swarthmore College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Kristina Watson
(1980–present; 4 children)
Parents Eugene Lang
Theresa Volmer

Stephen Lang (born July 11, 1952) is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright. He started in theater on Broadway but is well known for his film portrayals of Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals (2003) and George Pickett in Gettysburg (1993), as well as for his 2009 roles as Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar and as Texan lawman Charles Winstead in Public Enemies. He also played Commander Nathaniel Taylor in the short lived 2011 television series Terra Nova.

Lang was the co-artistic director (with Carlin Glynn and Lee Grant) of the famed Actors Studio, at its headquarters in New York City (2004 to 2006).

Personal life[edit]

Lang was born in New York City, the youngest child of Theresa (née Volmer, dec. 2008) and Eugene Lang, a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist.[1] He has two elder siblings - Jane, an attorney and activist, and David, who served as an executive at REFAC, the company Eugene founded in 1952.[2] Lang's father has donated much of his net worth (in excess of $150 million) to charity and will not leave an inheritance to his children, believing they each needed to learn to become self-sufficient.[3] Lang's mother was of Irish Catholic descent, and his father is Jewish (Lang's paternal grandparents were immigrants from Hungary).[2][4][5]

Lang attended the school PS 178 in Jamaica Estates, Queens.[6][7] For high school he attended George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1973 with a degree in English Literature; on May 30, 2010, Swarthmore awarded him an Honorary Degree from College in recognition of his distinguished career in theatre, television, and film.[8] His youngest son, Noah, received his bachelor's degree during the same ceremony.[8] He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Jacksonville University and was an artist in residence at Northeastern University in 2011.[9]

Lang has been married to Kristina Watson, a costume designer and teacher, since June 1, 1980. They have four children: Lucy, Daniel, Noah, and Grace.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Lang played Harold (Happy) Loman in the 1984 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman and the 1985 television film with Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman, and appeared in the first Hannibal Lecter film Manhunter (1986), as reporter Freddy Lounds.[10] He played attorney David Abrams in the television series Crime Story (1986–88). He played the title role in the NBC movie Babe Ruth (1991). He later played the "One Armed Man" in the 2000 revival of The Fugitive starring Tim Daly. The series was a modest success but lasted only one season because of its large production budget.

In 1992, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his lead role in The Speed of Darkness. His film role in Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) garnered him widespread critical acclaim, but its limited release prevented the film from reaching a wider audience. On stage, he was the first to play the role of Colonel 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.

In films, he played Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett in Gettysburg (1993) and as the lead role of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in the Gettysburg prequel Gods and Generals (2003), both from director Ronald F. Maxwell. He considers Gods and Generals to be his finest performance. Arguably, his most famous film role, before Avatar, was his portrayal of the villainous Ike Clanton in the successful Western Tombstone (1993) with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.

Lang with Senator Daniel Inouye
Lang (left) with Senator Daniel Inouye in 2005

Shortly before Arthur Miller's death in February 2005, Lang appeared in his long-time friend's last play, titled Finishing the Picture. It premiered in 2004 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, where Lang had the second run of his own play Beyond Glory, which had premiered in Arlington, Virginia, early in 2004, and his Tony-nominated portrayal for The Speed of Darkness. Lang also performed Beyond Glory, a one-man show, for troops deployed overseas.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14]

Recently, he filmed a role in the ESPN mini-series The Bronx is Burning, as well as roles in independent features Save Me and From Mexico With Love. He plays a lead role in James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar as the villainous Colonel Quaritch.[15]

In 2009, he appeared in Michael Mann's film Public Enemies as Texas Ranger Charles Winstead,[16] the man widely considered to have fired the shots that killed John Dillinger[17][18] and in Grant Heslov's The Men Who Stare at Goats alongside Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor and George Clooney.[19]

Also in 2009, he narrated the audiobook Road Rage—which combines the short stories "Duel" by Richard Matheson and "Throttle" by Stephen King and Joe Hill—and guest-starred in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 8 finale, "Revolution" in the role of Axel Kaspers. In 2010 he performed the narration for "The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour,"[20] the top-selling audio tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA. Written and produced by filmmaker Jake Boritt and based on works by historian Gabor Boritt it tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg National Cemetery. Lang is also the narrator of the companion Public Television documentary The Gettysburg Story presented by Maryland Public Television.

Lang played the villain Khalar Zym in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian reboot starring Jason Momoa.[21] He also played one of the leads, Nathaniel Taylor, in the Steven Spielberg-produced[22] TV series Terra Nova.[23]

In February 2012, he signed on to play Mary Shannon's estranged father in a three episode arc on the final season of the USA television series In Plain Sight.[1]

Lang stars in the upcoming 2013 horror film The Monkey's Paw. The film is based on the W. W. Jacobs novel, and also stars C. J. Thomason, Corbin Bleu, and Charles S. Dutton. The film is being released in theaters and on demand on October 8, 2013.

Recently Lang has been confirmed as reprising his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in the three upcoming sequels to Avatar.[24]

Filmography[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Death of a Salesman Happy
1985 Twice in a Lifetime Keith
1986 Band of the Hand Joe
1986 Manhunter Freddy Lounds
1987 Project X Watts
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Harry Black
1991 Hard Way, TheThe Hard Way Party Crasher
1991 Another You Dibbs
1992 Human Cargo Aramco Contractor
1993 Guilty as Sin Phil Garson
1993 Gettysburg Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett
1993 Tombstone Ike Clanton
1995 Tall Tale Jonas Hackett
1995 Amazing Panda Adventure, TheThe Amazing Panda Adventure Michael Tyler
1996 Loose Women Prophet Buddy
1996 Gang in Blue Moose Tavola
1996 Occasional Hell, AnAn Occasional Hell Alex Laughton
1997 Shadow Conspiracy The Agent
1997 Niagara, Niagara Claude
1997 Fire Down Below Earl Kellogg
1998 Escape: Human Cargo Dennis McNatt TV movie produced by Showtime.
1999 Story of a Bad Boy Spygo
2000 Trixie Jacob Slotnick
2001 Proposal, TheThe Proposal Simon Bacig
2002 D-Tox Jack
2003 I Inside, TheThe I Inside Mr. Travitt
2003 Code 11-14 Justin Shaw
2003 Gods and Generals Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Winner – MovieGuide Awards Grace Award for Acting
2006 Treatment, TheThe Treatment Coach Galgano
2007 Save Me Ted
2008 From Mexico with Love Big Al Stevens
2008 Medal of Honor Narrator PBS documentary
2009 Public Enemies Charles Winstead
2009 Men Who Stare at Goats, TheThe Men Who Stare at Goats General Hopgood
2009 Psych Mr. Salamatchla
2009 Avatar Col. Miles Quaritch Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain
Nominated—Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Fight (shared with Sam Worthington)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Sam Worthington)
2010 Christina Inspector Edgar Reinhardt Best Actor – Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, Outstanding Achievement in Acting - Visionfest[25]
2010 False Creek Stories Narrator
2010 White Irish Drinkers Patrick
2011 Conan the Barbarian Khalar Zym
2011 Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Barry Rogers
2011 Terra Nova Nathaniel Taylor[26]
2012 In Plain Sight James Wiley Shannon aka James Griffin
2013 Officer Down Lieutenant Jake LaRussa
2013 Pawn Charlie
2013 Backmask Father Conway
2013 Pioneer Ferris
2013 The Monkey's Paw Tony Cobb
2013 To Appomattox President Abraham Lincoln
2014 The Nut Job

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Elias Walker[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stephen Lang Biography (1952-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  2. ^ a b c Stark, John (1990-05-28). Forgoing His Father's Millions, Stephen Lang Bootstraps to Acting Fame with the Help of a Few Good Men. Vol. 33. № 21.. People.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  3. ^ Breitman, Rachel; Jones, Del (2006-07-26). "Heirs not-so-apparent?". USA Today. 
  4. ^ [h t t p://smashinginterviews.com/interviews/actors/stephen-lang-interview-avatar-star-on-his-current-role-in-the-fox-sci-fi-series-terra-nova/ "Stephen Lang interview: Avatar star on his current role in the Fox Sci fi series Terra Nova"] smashinginterviews.com. Retrieved 2011-12-15
  5. ^ Panarello, Joseph. "The Multiple Personalities of Stephen Lang". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Lang Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1952-07-11. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  7. ^ Klein, Alvin (1998-04-19). "Stephen Lang, 'An Actor's Actor'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  8. ^ a b Attendee of the ceremony for his son Sergio's graduation, Ricardo V Rivas, EA, president of the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents and http://www.swarthmore.edu/x28750.xml
  9. ^ http://www.northeastern.edu/humanities/events-and-programs/archived-center-events/fall-2010-spring-2011/artists-and-practitioners-in-residence-program/stephen-lang/
  10. ^ "STEPHEN LANG - Bing Afbeeldingen". Search.msn.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  11. ^ "In Step With: Stephen Lang". Parade Magazine. June 5, 2005. 
  12. ^ Daniel Henninger (2007-08-09). "Wonder Land - WSJ.com". Opinionjournal.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  13. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe (2008-04-28). "Drama Desk nominees announced". New York: Nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  14. ^ Lucille Lortel Awards, Lucille Lortel Foundation, Off-Broadway database. "Lucille Lortel Awards, Off-Broadway Awards". Lortel.org. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  15. ^ Thompson, Anne (2007-08-02). "Lang, Rodriguez armed for 'Avatar'". Variety. 
  16. ^ By (2008-04-02). "Crudup to play Hoover in 'Public' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  17. ^ Biffle, Kent (6 August 2005). "Who drilled Dillinger? Credit goes to Texan". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  18. ^ John Dillinger: The Life and Death ... - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1933-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  19. ^ Kit, Borys (2008-10-10). "Rebecca Mader joins 'Goats' herd". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30. [dead link]
  20. ^ http://GettysburgStory.com
  21. ^ Frappier, Rob. "Stephen Lang Talks ‘Conan’ Remake" Screen Rant; June 29, 2010
  22. ^ Sweney, Mark. "Fox unveils Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova as it hunts for new Simon Cowell" The Guardian; May 18, 2010
  23. ^ Rice, Lynette. "Stephen Lang joins Fox's 'Terra Nova'" Entertainment Weekly; September 14, 2010
  24. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/james-cameron-has-found-avatars-darth-vader-its-stephen-lang/
  25. ^ http://christinathemovie.com/news.html
  26. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2011). "Fox unveils 2011-12 fall and midseason schedules". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  27. ^ http://www.charlieintel.com/2013/10/01/brandon-j-routh-and-stephen-lang-confirmed-as-one-of-voice-actors-for-ghosts/

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Preceded by
Estelle Parsons
Vacant (2003-2004)
Artistic Director of the Actors Studio
2004-2006
With: Carlin Glynn
and Lee Grant
Succeeded by
Carlin Glynn
Lee Grant