Landau in 2010
June 20, 1928 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Bain (m. 1957–1993); divorced|
Martin Landau (born June 20, 1928) is an American film and television actor. Landau began his career in the 1950s. His early films include a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). He played continuing roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations) and Space: 1999. He received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture and his first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994) earned him the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. He continues to perform in film and television and heads the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio.
Early life 
Landau was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Selma and Morris Landau. His family was Jewish, and his father, an Austrian-born machinist, scrambled to rescue relatives from the Nazis. He attended James Madison High School and The Pratt Institute before finding full-time work as a cartoonist.
Cartoonist on The Gumps 
At the age of 17, he began working as a cartoonist for the Daily News, illustrating Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column and assisting Gus Edson on The Gumps comic strip during the 1940s and 1950s, eventually drawing the Sunday strip for Edson. (Some sources have confused him with the comic book artist Kenneth Landau and incorrectly claim that Martin Landau drew for comic books using the name Ken Landau as a pseudonym.) When he was 22, he quit the Daily News job in order to concentrate on theater.
Films, theater and TV 
Influenced by Charlie Chaplin and the escapism of the cinema, he pursued an acting career. He attended the Actors Studio, became good friends with iconic actor James Dean, and later was in the same class with Steve McQueen. In 1957, Landau made his Broadway debut in Middle of the Night. In 1959, Landau made his first major film appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
Landau took the role of master of disguise Rollin Hand in Mission: Impossible, becoming one of the TV show's better-known stars. According to The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier, by Patrick J. White (Avon Books, 1991), Landau initially declined to be contracted to the show as he did not want it to interfere with his film career; instead, for the first season he was credited in "special guest appearances by" him. He became a "full-time" cast member with the second season, although the studio agreed (with Landau's consent) to only contract him on a year-by-year basis rather than the then-standard five years. The role of Rollin Hand required Landau to perform a wide range of accents and characters from dictators to thugs, and several episodes saw Landau playing dual roles—not only Hand's impersonation but also the person Hand is impersonating. He co-starred in the series with his then wife, Barbara Bain.
In the mid-1970s, Landau and Bain, teamed with Barry Morse, returned to television in the British science fiction series, Space: 1999, produced first by Gerry Anderson in partnership with Sylvia Anderson and then by Fred Freiberger. Although it remains a cult classic for its high production design values, the series was critically derided during its run and was cancelled after two seasons. Landau himself became very critical of the show's scripts and storylines, especially during its second season, but he praised the cast and crew. He wrote forewords for Barry Morse's 2006 theatrical memoir Remember with Advantages and for Jim Smith's critical biography of Tim Burton.
After Space: 1999, Landau appeared in supporting roles in a number of films and television shows of varying quality, including The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, which again co-starred Bain. This was the last time the two acted together on screen, as of December 2007.
In the late 1980s, Landau staged a major career comeback by winning an Academy Award nomination for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He later received a second nomination for Crimes and Misdemeanors and won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his uncanny portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Upon accepting the award, he was visibly frustrated by the orchestra's attempt to cut short his speech. When the music level rose, he pounded his fist on the podium and yelled "No!" He later stated that he had intended to thank Lugosi and dedicate the award to him and his frustration was that he did not get to mention the man whom he portrayed. Landau received a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe, and a Saturn Award for the role, as well as awards from several critics groups. When Landau won the Academy Award, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times said that "the award goes to Martin Landau; its shadow goes to Bela Lugosi." Landau admitted, on the Ed Wood DVD, to having been very impressed by the comment.
In 2006 Landau made a guest appearance on the TV series Entourage, playing a washed-up, but determined and sympathetic, Hollywood producer attempting to relive his glory days. Landau received a 2007 Emmy Award nomination for his performance in this role.
In June 2011 Landau began filming the Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-TV movie of Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith, in which he plays Rabbi Albert Lewis. The film had a "world premiere charity screening" November 16, 2011, in Royal Oak, Michigan, near Detroit. All ten theaters within the Emogine multiplex theater showed the film, with proceeds benefiting the "A Hole in the Roof Foundation" and the "Rabbi Albert Lewis Fund." The film premiered on ABC Sunday November 27, 2011, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Acting coach 
Encouraged by his mentor Lee Strasberg, Landau also taught acting. Actors he has coached include Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. In 2009, Landau, working with director Mark Rydell and screenwriter/playwright Lyle Kessler teamed up to produce an educational seminar, The Total Picture Seminar. It was an unusual two-day event covering the disciplines of acting, directing and writing for film. The three have worked together as a team for many decades at the Actors Studio teaching and coaching professional actors, writers, and directors.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Martin Landau has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6841 Hollywood Boulevard.
Personal life 
Landau has two daughters, Susan and Juliet, from his marriage to actress and former co-star Barbara Bain. Landau and Bain married on January 31, 1957, and divorced in 1993. Landau lives in West Hollywood, California.
|1959||Pork Chop Hill||Lt. Marshall|
|1959||North by Northwest||Leonard|
|1962||The Gazebo||The Duke aka A. Wellington Broos|
|1962||Stagecoach to Dancers' Rock||Dade Coleman|
|1963||Decision at Midnight|
|1964||The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre||Nelson Orion|
|1965||The Hallelujah Trail||Chief Walks-Stooped-Over|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||Caiaphas|
|1966||Nevada Smith||Jesse Coe|
|1970||Operation Snafu||Joe Mellone|
|1970||They Call Me Mister Tibbs!||Logan Sharpe|
|1970||A Town Called Hell||The Colonel|
|1972||Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol||Johnny Bristol|
|1976||A Special Magnum for Tony Saitta||Dr. George Tracer|
|1979||Meteor||Major General Adlon|
|1979||The Death of Ocean View||Tom Flood|
|1980||Without Warning||Fred 'Sarge' Dobbs|
|1980||The Last Word||Captain Garrity|
|1980||The Return||Niles Buchanan|
|1982||Alone in the Dark||Byron 'Preacher' Sutcliff|
|1982||The Fall of the House of Usher||Roderick Usher|
|1983||Trial by Terror|
|1983||The Being||Garson Jones|
|1984||Access Code||Agency Head|
|1984||Terror in the Aisles||archival footage|
|1985||Treasure Island||Old Captain|
|1987||W.A.R.: Women Against Rape||Judge Shaw|
|1987||Run If You Can||Malvani|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Abe Karatz / Voice of Walter Winchell||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (tied with Tom Cruise and Dean Stockwell)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1989||Paint It Black||Daniel Lambert|
|1989||Crimes and Misdemeanors||Judah Rosenthal||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
|1993||No Place to Hide||Frank McCoy|
|1993||12:01||Dr. Thadius Moxley|
|1994||Eye of the Stranger||Mayor Howard Bains|
|1994||The Color of Evening||Max Loeb|
|1994||Ed Wood||Bela Lugosi||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Saturn Award for Best Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
|1994||Time Is Money||Mac|
|1996||The Elevator||Roy Tilden|
|1996||City Hall||Judge Walter Stern|
|1996||The Adventures of Pinocchio||Mister Geppetto|
|1997||B*A*P*S||Mr. Donald Blakemore|
|1997||Legend of the Spirit Dog||Storyteller||Voice role|
|1998||The X Files||Alvin Kurtzweil, MD|
|1999||Carlo's Wake||Carlo Torello|
|1999||The Joyriders||Gordon Trout|
|1999||The New Adventures of Pinocchio||Geppetto|
|1999||Sleepy Hollow||Peter Van Garrett||Uncredited|
|2000||Ready to Rumble||Sal Bandini|
|2000||In the Beginning||Abraham|
|2000||Very Mean Men||Mr. White|
|2001||The Majestic||Harry Trimble|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Jerry Duran|
|2003||Wake||Older Sebastian Riven|
|2003||The Commission||Sen. Richard Russell|
|2004||The Aryan Couple||Joseph Krauzenberg|
|2006||Love Made Easy||Don Farinelli Sr|
|2006||An Existential Affair||Doctor|
|2008||David & Fatima||Rabbi Schmulic|
|2008||City of Ember||Sul|
|2008||Billy: The Early Years||Older Charles Templeton|
|2008||Harrison Montgomery||Harrison Montgomery|
|2008||Lovely, Still||Robert Malone|
|2011||Have a Little Faith||Rabbi Albert Lewis|
|2012||Frankenweenie||Mr. Rzykruski||Voice role|
Selected television 
|1958||Lawman||Bob Ford||"The Outcast"|
|1958||Sugarfoot||Jim Kelly||"The Ghost"|
|1959||The Lawless Years||Silva||"Lucky Silva"|
|The Twilight Zone||Dan Hotaling||"Mr. Denton on Doomsday"|
|Johnny Staccato||Jerry Lindstrom||"Murder for Credit"|
|Tales of Wells Fargo||Doc Holliday||"Doc Holliday"|
|Johnny Ringo||Wes Tymon||"The Derelict"|
|The Islanders||Arnie||"Duel of Strangers"|
|Adventures in Paradise||Sackett||"Nightmare on Nakupa"|
|1961||Adventures in Paradise||Miller||"Mr. Flotsam"|
|The Rifleman||Miguel||"The Vaqueros"|
|The Tall Man||Francisco||"Dark Moment"|
|The Law and Mr. Jones||The episode entitled "Lincoln"|
|The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor||Vince Treynor||"Shadow of His Brother|
|1962||The Tall Man||Father Gueschim||"The Black Robe"|
|1963||The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters||Cochio||"The Day of the Killer"|
|Mr. Novak||Victor Rand||"Pay the Two Dollars"|
|The Outer Limits||Andro||"The Man Who Was Never Born"|
|1964||The Defenders||Dr. Daniel Orren||"The Secret"|
|The Greatest Show on Earth||Mario de Mona||"The Night the Monkey Died"|
|The Outer Limits||Richard Bellero||"The Bellero Shield"|
|The Twilight Zone||Major Ivan Kuchenko||"The Jeopardy Room"|
|1965||Mr. Novak||Robert Coolidge||"Enter a Strange Animal"|
|A Man Called Shenandoah||Jace Miller||"The Locket"|
|The Big Valley||Mariano Montoya||"The Way to Kill a Killer"|
|1966||Branded||Edwin Booth||"This Stage of Fools"|
|1966–1969||Mission: Impossible||Rollin Hand||Golden Globe
Nominated - Emmy Award, 1967, 1968, 1969
|1969||Get Smart||Max's new face||Episode: "Pheasant Under Glass"|
|1973||Columbo||Identical-twin brothers Dexter Paris and Norman Paris||"Columbo: Double Shock"|
|1975–1977||Space: 1999||Commander John Koenig, leader of Moonbase Alpha||48 episodes, TV Series|
|1981||The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island||J.J. Pierson|
|1985||The New Twilight Zone||William Cooper-Janes||"The Beacon/One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty"|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||The President of the United States|
|1993||12:01||Dr. Thadius Moxley|
|1994||Spider-Man||The Scorpion/Mac Gargan||Voice, season 1-2|
|1999||Bonanno: A Godfather's Story||Joseph Bonanno at age 94|
|2000||In the Beginning||Abraham|
|2004–2005||Without a Trace||Frank Malone||4 episodes
Nominated - Nominated - Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, 2004, 2005
|2006||The Evidence||Dr. Sol Gold||8 episodes|
|Entourage||Bob Ryan||4 episodes
Nominated - Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2008||Entourage||Bob Ryan||1 episode|
|2009||In Plain Sight||Joseph Thomas/Joseph Tancredi||Training Video, special guest appearance|
|2011||The Simpsons||The Great Raymondo||Guest Voice Appearance
episode The Great Simpsina
- An article/interview with The Boston Globe, dated October 8, 1989, states that Landau was then 61 years old, leading to a 1928 birth date. Landau and his parents are also listed on the 1930 United States Federal Census, with Landau's age then given as 21 months; The Boston Globe article available at http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/61529286.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Oct+08%2C+1989&author=Jay+Carr%2C+Globe+Staff&pub=Boston+Globe+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=LANDAU+FINDS+ELUSIVE+STARDOM&pqatl=google
- Martin Landau biography. Film Reference.com.
- Pfefferman, Naomi. The ‘Majestic’ Martin Landau. Jewish Journal.com. 21 December 2001.
- Welsh, Phillips, and Hill, p. 159.
- Lindsey, Robert. "Martin Landau Rolls Up in a New Vehicle". The New York Times. 7 August 1988.
- POV Online
- TotalFilm video
- Awards for Ed Wood. IMDB.com.
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- "Mitch Albom's 'Have a Little Faith' Charity Screening," WXYZ.com ABC Action News, November 16, 2011, retrieved November 17, 2011.
- "Have a Little Faith Premiere," Catholic Online, retrieved November 17, 2011.
- Detroit Free Press, November 27, 2011, retrieved November 27, 2011.
- Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 1999.
- Hellmann, Paul T. Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Florence, Ky.: Taylor and Francis, 2005.
- Laufenberg, Norbert. Entertainment Celebrities. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford, 2005.
- Riggs, Thomas. Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Detroit, Mich.: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2004.
- Stewart, John. Italian Film: A Who's Who. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1994.
- Welsh, James Michael; Phillips, Gene D.; and Hill, Rodney. The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2010.
- Who's Who in Entertainment. Wilmette, Ill.: Marquis Who's Who, 1989.
- Willis, John and Monush, Barry. Screen World 2005 Film Annual. New York: Applause, 2006.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Martin Landau|
- Martin Landau at the Internet Movie Database
- Martin Landau at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
- The Total Picture Seminar - A Seminar with Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, and Lyle Kessler covering filmmaking.