Frank Langella plays Gabriel, one of the Centre's most experienced handlers, who 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 Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild® awards 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 can be seen in Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight for HBO Films, Jake Schreier's Robot & Frank, Starting Out in the Evening (for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination), Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, 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.
Next, Langella will be seen in Jay Roach's All the Way, playing "Senator Richard Russell" opposite Bryan Cranston for HBO Films, as well as in the independent films Captain Fantastic (opposite Viggo Mortensen) and Youth in Oregon (opposite Billy Crudup). Langella is the recipient of three Tony Awards® and six nominations. He will star on Broadway again this Spring in the new play The Father, directed by Doug Hughes.