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
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
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.