Frank Langella’s EAG Memorial Address

Darryl Reilly, Critic “I’m profoundly grateful I’m not on it,” said Frank Langella during his moving speech at The Episcopal Actors’ Guild’s annual Memorial Service for deceased show business figures on November 13, 2016. Frank Langella’s EAG Memorial Address.(Photo credit: Ahron R. Foster This crowded celebration was the centerpiece of an 80-minute inter-faith religious service that was held at the 400-seat Church of the Transfiguration. This bucolic landmark was built in 1849, and is also well known by its knick name, “the Little Church Around the Corner.” It has been a haven for actors since the 1870’s. The Episcopal Actors’ Guild was founded in 1923, and its main mission is to provide emergency aid and support to professional performers of all faiths who are undergoing financial crisis. A long-time lapsed Catholic, the 78 year-old, New Jersey born Mr. Langella explained that he had not been inside a church in many years. “Better an old habit should die rather then an old actor.” Aged but vital, this titan of the performing arts was serenely commanding. “It petrified me,” he revealed of his personal brush with death earlier in the year and how that incident instigated his appearance at this event. … Continue reading Frank Langella’s EAG Memorial Address