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STEPHEN LANG (Shrike) is an actor renowned for his performances on stage, screen and television.

On film, Lang is perhaps best known for his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron's seminal film Avatar. Lang is reprising that role in Cameron's several sequels, which began filming in 2017. In 2016, he starred to critical acclaim as The Blind Man in writer-director Fede Alvarez's hit thriller Don't Breathe.

Recent film roles include Braven, opposite Jason Momoa, and director Scott Cooper's Hostiles, opposite Christian Bale. Lang's extensive film credits include Band of Robbers, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Tombstone, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, Public Enemies, White Irish Drinkers, Christina, A Good Marriage, Manhunter, Band of the Hand and Conan the Barbarian.

Lang is also an award-winning playwright. He received the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival for his performance documentary Beyond Glory, which tracks the 10-year odyssey behind his acclaimed solo performance piece about eight Medal of Honor recipients. The documentary was executive produced and presented by Lightstorm Entertainment principals, James Cameron and Jon Landau, and was acquired for distribution by Gravitas Ventures. Beyond Glory, the play itself, has received the NEA Chairman's Medal for Distinguished Service, and the Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which honors Lang's accurate portrayal of the American fighting man.

On television Lang portrayed fan favorite Waldo in the first two seasons of AMC's genre-bending martial arts series Into the Badlands. His television credits include regular roles on Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova and Michael Mann's classic Crime Story, as well as celebrated portrayals of Babe Ruth in NBC's biopic Babe Ruth and Happy in Death of a Salesman, with Dustin Hoffman.

His extensive work on the New York stage includes A Few Good Men, The Speed of Darkness, Defiance, Death of a Salesman, The Guys, Hamlet and 101 performances at The Roundabout Theater of his solo play Beyond Glory, which he continues to tour around the country. Theater awards and nominations include Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Lang is actively involved in the organization originally founded by his father in 1963, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation. Major giving by the foundation is directed to programs, projects and organizations that honor the founder's values. Accordingly, the foundation prioritizes giving to programs and organizations that are demonstrably creative in concept and excellent in substance; that elevate people's spirits, goals and capacities above the level of basic needs, primarily through opportunities for meaningful education, participation in the arts and civic activity, and enhanced health education and social services; and that promote inventiveness and entrepreneurship. Foundation grant-making is also informed by the needs and conditions of local and global communities and the effectiveness of the organizations and programs chosen for support. Their support currently includes funding to a number of community colleges for their DACA students to access legal representation and a partnership with Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC). IJC has developed an amazing model that is ripe for replication nationwide as a way to provide immigrants with top-notch representation, in which the organization trains new lawyers to provide specialized and high-quality legal assistance, and pairs the lawyers with community based organizations in (to date) New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. Since 2015, IJC has been sending lawyers to the Texas border to provide assistance to detained Central American mothers and children, and has lawyers on the ground there now trying to keep families together.

A longtime member of the Actors Studio, Lang holds Honorary Doctorates from Swarthmore College and Jacksonville University.


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