Stephen Lang (born July 11, 1952) is an American screen and stage actor, and playwright. He is known for roles in films including Manhunter (1986), Gettysburg, Tombstone (both 1993), Gods and Generals (2003), Public Enemies (2009) and Don't Breathe (2016). He received a Tony Award nomination for his role in the 1992 Broadway production of The Speed of Darkness and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in James Cameron's Avatar (2009). From 2004 to 2006, he was co-artistic director of the Actors Studio.
Lang in February 2014
|Alma mater||Swarthmore College|
Kristina Watson (m. 1980)
|Relatives||Jane Lang (sister)|
Lang was born in New York City, the youngest child of Theresa (née Volmar, d. 2008) and Eugene Lang (1919–2017), a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist. Lang's mother was a Catholic of German and Irish descent, while his father was Jewish. Lang's paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Hungary and Russia. He has two elder siblings—Jane, an attorney and activist, and David, who served as an executive at REFAC, the company their father founded in 1952. Lang's father donated much of his net worth (in excess of $150 million) to charity and did not leave an inheritance to his children, believing they each needed to learn to become self-sufficient.
Lang attended elementary school in Jamaica Estates, Queens. His middle school was a New York City public school, George Ryan Junior High School, in nearby Fresh Meadows. For high school, he attended George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA and graduated from there a year early (1969). He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1973 with a degree in English Literature; on May 30, 2010, Swarthmore awarded him an honorary degree in recognition of his distinguished career in theatre, television, and film. His youngest son, Noah, received his bachelor's degree during the same ceremony. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Jacksonville University and was an artist in residence at Northeastern University in 2011. In the fall of 2015, Lang served as a Jury Member for the Woodstock Film Festival.
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. 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 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.
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. 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. 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.
Lang has a role in the ESPN miniseries 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.
In 2009, he appeared in Michael Mann's film Public Enemies as FBI Agent Charles Winstead, the man widely considered to have fired the shots that killed John Dillinger and in Grant Heslov's The Men Who Stare at Goats alongside Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor, and George Clooney.
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," the top-selling audio tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 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. He also played one of the leads, Nathaniel Taylor, in the Steven Spielberg-produced TV series Terra Nova.
In 2017, he played Colonel Abraham Biggs in Hostiles, from director Scott Cooper. In 2018, he appeared as father of Joe Braven (Jason Momoa), Linden Braven in the action thriller film Braven, and played Shrike in Mortal Engines, which Peter Jackson produced for Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital.
|1985||Twice in a Lifetime||Keith|
|1986||Band of the Hand||Joe|
|1989||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Harry Black|
|1991||The Hard Way||Party Crasher|
|1992||Human Cargo||Aramco Contractor|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||Phil Garson|
|1993||Gettysburg||Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett|
|1993||The Making of Gettysburg||Himself/Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett||Video documentary|
|1995||Tall Tale||Jonas Hackett|
|1995||The Amazing Panda Adventure||Dr. Michael Tyler|
|1996||Loose Women||Prophet Buddy|
|1996||Gang in Blue||Moose Tavola|
|1996||An Occasional Hell||Alex Laughton|
|1997||Shadow Conspiracy||The Agent|
|1997||Fire Down Below||Earl Kellogg|
|1999||The Story of a Bad Boy||Spygo|
|2001||The Proposal||Simon Bacig|
|2002||The Making of Tombstone||Himself/Ike Clanton|
|2003||The I Inside||Mr. Travitt|
|2003||Code 11-14||Justin Shaw|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson||Movieguide Grace Award for Acting|
|2003||Gods and Generals: Journey to the Past||Himself/Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson|
|2006||The Treatment||Coach Galgano|
|2006||We Fight to Be Free||James Craik|
|2008||From Mexico with Love||Big Al Stevens|
|2009||Public Enemies||Charles Winstead|
|2009||The Men Who Stare at Goats||General Hopgood|
|2009||Avatar||Colonel Miles Quaritch||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated — Teen Choice award for Choice Movie Fight (with Sam Worthington)
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (with Sam Worthington)
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Villain
|2010||Christina||Inspector Edgar Reinhardt|
|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|
|2013||Officer Down||Lieutenant Jake LaRussa|
|2013||The Gettysburg Story||Himself/Narrator||Documentary|
|2013||The Monkey's Paw||Tony Cobb|
|2013||The Girl on the Train||Det. Lloyd Martin|
|2014||The Nut Job||King (voice)|
|2014||In the Blood||Casey|
|2014||Jarhead 2: Field of Fire||Major James Gavins|
|2014||A Good Marriage||Holt Ramsey|
|2014||23 Blast||Coach Farris|
|2015||Band of Robbers||Injun Joe|
|2015||Beyond Glory: Tour of Duty||Himself||Documentary|
|2016||Don't Breathe||Norman Nordstrom (The Blind Man)||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2016||Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich||Major General Emil F. Reinhardt|
|2017||Hostiles||Colonel Abraham Biggs|
|2018||Braven||Linden Braven||Supporting role|
|2018||The Gandhi Murder||Sunil Raina|
|2021||Avatar 2||Colonel Miles Quaritch||Post-production|
|2023||Avatar 3||Colonel Miles Quaritch||Post-production|
|1985||Death of a Salesman||Happy||TV movie|
|1986–1988||Crime Story||Attorney David Abrams||26 episodes|
|1989||The Equalizer||Joseph Morrison||Episode: "Lullaby of Darkness"|
|1991||Babe Ruth||Babe Ruth||TV movie|
|1992||Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story||Steven Ziegenmeyer||TV movie|
|1994||Baseball||Various voices||Documentary miniseries by Ken Burns|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Criminal Gun Shooter||Episode: "Bullets Over Bel-Air"|
|1996||The West||Various voices||Documentary miniseries by Ken Burns|
|1997||The Outer Limits||Dr. James Houghton||Episode: "New Lease"|
|1997||Liberty! The American Revolution||George Washington (voice)||6 episodes|
|1998||Escape: Human Cargo||Dennis McNatt||TV movie produced by Showtime.|
|2000||Running Mates||Ron Noble (Financier)||Uncredited; TV movie shown on the TNT Network.|
|2000–2001||The Fugitive||Ben Charnquist||5 episodes|
|2001||After the Storm||Sergeant Major Jim||TV movie|
|2002||Ed||Jack Foster||Episode: "Wheel of Justice"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Michael Baxter||Episode: "Escape"|
|2005||Jonny Zero||Officer Tanner||Episode: "To Serve and to Protect"|
|2005||Law & Order||Terry Dorn||Episode: "New York Minute"|
|2007||The Bronx Is Burning||Inspector Dowd||3 episodes|
|2008||Medal of Honor||Narrator||PBS documentary|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Axel Kaspers||Episode: "Revolution"|
|2009||Psych||Mr. Salamatchla||Episode: "Shawn Gets the Yips"|
|2011||Terra Nova||Commander Nathaniel Taylor||13 episodes Lead Role|
|2012||In Plain Sight||James Wiley Shannon||3 episodes|
|2014–2015||Salem||Increase Mather||10 episodes|
|2015||To Appomattox||John Brown||Upcoming series|
|2015–2019||Into the Badlands||Waldo||10 episodes|
|2019||The Rookie||Chief Williams||Episode: "The Checklist"|
|2018||Uncharted Live Action Fan Film||Victor "Sully" Sullivan||Fan Film|
|2013||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Elias Walker|
Awards and nominations
|Gods and Generals (2003)|
|MTV Movie Award||Best Fight (with Sam Worthington)||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie: Fight (with Sam Worthington)||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Villain||Nominated|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stephen Lang (actor).|
- Stephen Lang on IMDb
- Stephen Lang at the Internet Broadway Database
- Stephen Lang at Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Interview on Beyond Glory at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
- Appearances on C-SPAN
| Artistic Director of the Actors Studio
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