One of the Centre’s most experienced handlers, “Gabriel,” played by Frank Langella, has known Philip and Elizabeth since early in their tour. A former NKVD officer, Gabriel recently came out of retirement to help the Jennings through some particularly turbulent times, but has found it increasingly difficult to keep them in line. He toes the Centre’s line in front of Philip and Elizabeth, but in private conversations admits that he has his doubts about the Centre’s uses of their Directorate S agents.
Frank Langella has long been considered among America's greatest stage and film actors. He was nominated for the Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the disgraced former President of the United States in Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon.
Other acclaimed performances include those in Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight for HBO Films, Jake Schreier's Robot and Frank, Andrew Wagner's Starting Out in the Evening (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination), Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as "Perry White" in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate, Ivan Reitman's Dave and Draft Day, Adrian Lyne's Lolita, as "William Paley" in George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck and John Badham's Dracula.
Langella was most recently seen in Jay Roach's All the Way, playing "Senator Richard Russell" opposite Bryan Cranston for HBO Films. His most recent films include Captain Fantastic opposite Viggo Mortensen and the upcoming Youth in Oregon opposite Billy Crudup.
Langella is the recipient of four Tony® Awards and seven Tony nominations. He won most recently for his acclaimed performance in The Father, for which he also received a Drama Desk Award (his sixth) and Outer Critic's Circle Award (his fourth). Before that, his performance as "King Lear" in 2013 was unanimously praised both in London at the Chichester Shakespeare Festival and in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2003.
His New York Times bestselling memoir, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them, chronicling his myriad encounters with some of the past century’s most famous celebrities and cultural elite, was published by HarperCollins in 2012.