Martin Landau

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Martin Landau
Martin Landau 2010.jpg
Landau in 2010
Born(1928-06-20) June 20, 1928 (age 86)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
ResidenceWest Hollywood, California
EducationJames Madison High School
Alma materPratt Institute
OccupationActor and acting coach
Years active1956–present
OrganizationActors Studio
Spouse(s)Barbara Bain (m. 1957; div. 1993)
ChildrenSusan Bain Landau Finch
Juliet Landau
 
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Martin Landau
Martin Landau 2010.jpg
Landau in 2010
Born(1928-06-20) June 20, 1928 (age 86)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
ResidenceWest Hollywood, California
EducationJames Madison High School
Alma materPratt Institute
OccupationActor and acting coach
Years active1956–present
OrganizationActors Studio
Spouse(s)Barbara Bain (m. 1957; div. 1993)
ChildrenSusan Bain Landau Finch
Juliet Landau

Martin Landau (born June 20, 1928) is an American film and television actor. His career started in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations) and Space: 1999.

Landau received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, as well as his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988); he received his second Oscar nomination for his appearance in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994) earned him an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. He continues to perform in film and TV and heads the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio.

Early life[edit]

Landau was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 20, 1928,[1] the son of Selma and Morris Landau.[2] His family was Jewish; his father, an Austrian-born machinist, scrambled to rescue relatives from the Nazis.[3][4] He attended James Madison High School and the Pratt Institute before finding full-time work as a cartoonist.[5]

Career[edit]

Cartoonist[edit]

At the age of 17, Landau started working as a cartoonist for the Daily News, illustrating Billy Rose's column "Pitching Horseshoes" and also assisting Gus Edson on the comic strip The Gumps during the 1940s and 1950s, eventually drawing the "Sunday strip" for Edson.[6] (Some sources confuse him with comic book artist Kenneth Landau, and incorrectly claim that he drew for comic books using the name Ken Landau as a pseudonym.)[7] At 22, he quit the Daily News to concentrate on theater acting.

Film, television and theater[edit]

Influenced by Charlie Chaplin and the escapism of the cinema, Landau pursued an acting career. He attended the Actors Studio, becoming good friends with James Dean, and was later in the same class as Steve McQueen. In 1957, he 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 in his role as Rollin Hand in Mission: Impossible

Landau played the role of master of disguise Rollin Hand in Mission: Impossible, becoming one of the television series' better-known stars. According to The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier by Patrick J. White (Avon Books, 1991), Landau at first declined to be contracted by the show because he did not want it to interfere with his film career; instead, he was credited for "special guest appearances" during the first season. He became a "full-time" cast member in the second season, although the studio agreed (with Landau's consent) to contract him only on a year-by-year basis rather than the then-standard five years. The role of Hand required Landau to perform a wide range of accents and characters, from dictators to thugs, and several episodes had him playing dual roles—not only Hand's impersonation, but also the person whom Hand is impersonating. Landau co-starred in the series with his then wife, Barbara Bain.

In the mid-1970s, Landau and Bain returned to TV in the British science-fiction series Space: 1999 (first produced by Gerry Anderson in partnership with Sylvia Anderson, and later by Fred Freiberger). Although the series remains a cult classic for its high production values, critical response to Space: 1999 was unenthusiastic during its original run, and it was cancelled after two seasons. Landau himself was critical of the scripts and storylines, especially during the series' second season, but praised the cast and crew. He later wrote forewords to Space: 1999 co-star Barry Morse's theatrical memoir Remember With Advantages (2006) and Jim Smith's critical biography of Tim Burton. Following Space: 1999, Landau appeared in supporting roles in a number of films and TV series, including the TV film The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981), which again co-starred Bain (and marked the final time they appeared together on screen).

In the late 1980s, Landau made a career comeback, earning an Academy Award nomination for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988). This was followed by a second nomination, for 1989's Crimes and Misdemeanors, and later a win, for 1994's Ed Wood (in which he plays Bela Lugosi). Upon accepting the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Landau 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 shouted "No!"[8] He later stated that he had intended to thank Lugosi and dedicate the award to him, and that he was annoyed that he was not being given an opportunity to mention the name of the person he had portrayed.[9] Landau also received a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Saturn Award for the role, as well as accolades from a number of critics groups.[10] When Landau won the Academy Award, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times announced: "the award goes to Martin Landau; its shadow goes to Bela Lugosi." On the film's DVD release, Landau states that he was highly impressed by the comment.

In the early seasons of Without a Trace (2002–09), Landau was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the Alzheimer's-afflicted father of FBI Special Agent in Charge Jack Malone, the series' lead character. In 2006, he made a guest appearance in the series Entourage as a washed-up but determined and sympathetic Hollywood producer attempting to relive his glory days, a portrayal that earned him a second Emmy nomination.

In June 2011, Landau started filming a TV film based on Mitch Albom's book Have a Little Faith, in which he plays Rabbi Albert Lewis.[11] The film had a "world premiere charity screening" on November 16 in Royal Oak, Michigan.[12] All ten theaters within the Emogine multiplex theater screened the film, with proceeds donated to the A Hole in the Roof Foundation and the Rabbi Albert Lewis Fund.[12]

In recognition of his services to the motion picture industry, Martin Landau has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6841 Hollywood Boulevard.

Acting coach[edit]

Encouraged by his own mentor, Lee Strasberg, Landau has also taught acting. Actors coached by him include Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. In 2009, Landau and his Actors Studio colleagues, director Mark Rydell and writer Lyle Kessler, collaborated to produce the educational Total Picture Seminar, a two-day event covering the disciplines of acting, directing and writing for film.

Personal life[edit]

Landau has two daughters, Susan and Juliet, from his marriage to actress and former co-star Barbara Bain. They married on January 31, 1957 and divorced in 1993. Landau lives in West Hollywood, California.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1959Pork Chop HillLieutenant Marshall
1959North by NorthwestLeonard
1962Gazebo, TheThe GazeboThe Duke, a.k.a. A. Wellington Broos
1962Stagecoach to Dancers' RockDade Coleman
1963Decision at MidnightNils
1963CleopatraRufio
1964Ghost of Sierra de Cobre, TheThe Ghost of Sierra de CobreNelson Orion
1965Hallelujah Trail, TheThe Hallelujah TrailChief Walks-Stooped-Over
1965Greatest Story Ever Told, TheThe Greatest Story Ever ToldCaiaphas
1966Nevada SmithJesse Coe
1970Operation SnafuJoe Mellone
1970They Call Me Mister Tibbs!Logan Sharpe
1970Town Called Hell, AA Town Called HellThe Colonel
1972Black GunnCapelli
1972Welcome Home, Johnny BristolJohnny Bristol
1976Special Magnum for Tony Saitta, AA Special Magnum for Tony SaittaDr. George Tracer
1979MeteorMajor General Adlon
1979The Death of Ocean ViewTom Flood
1980Without WarningFred "Sarge" Dobbs
1980Last Word, TheThe Last WordCaptain Garrity
1980Return, TheThe ReturnNiles Buchanan
1982Alone in the DarkByron "Preacher" Sutcliff
1982The Fall of the House of UsherRoderick Usher
1983Trial by Terror
1983The BeingGarson Jones
1984Access CodeAgency Head
1984Terror in the AislesArchival footage
1985Treasure IslandOld Captain
1987W.A.R.: Women Against RapeJudge Shaw
1987CycloneBosarian
1987Sweet RevengeCicero
1987Empire StateChuck
1987Delta FeverBud
1987Run If You CanMalvani
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamAbe Karatz / Voice of Walter WinchellChicago 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 (shared with Tom Cruise and Dean Stockwell)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989Paint It BlackDaniel Lambert
1989Crimes and MisdemeanorsJudah RosenthalNominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990Real BulletsSallini
1991FireheadAdmiral Pendleton
1992MistressJack Roth
1993No Place to HideFrank McCoy
1993SliverAlex Parsons
199312:01Dr. Thadius Moxley
1994Eye of the StrangerMayor Howard Bains
1994Color of Evening, TheThe Color of EveningMax Loeb
1994IntersectionNeal
1994Ed WoodBela LugosiAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth 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
1994Time Is MoneyMac
1995JosephJacob
1996Elevator, TheThe ElevatorRoy Tilden
1996City HallJudge Walter Stern
1996Adventures of Pinocchio, TheThe Adventures of PinocchioMister Geppetto
1997B*A*P*SMr. Donald Blakemore
1997Legend of the Spirit DogStorytellerVoice role
1998X Files, TheThe X FilesAlvin Kurtzweil, MD
1998RoundersAbe Petrovsky
1999EDtvAl
1999Carlo's WakeCarlo Torello
1999Joyriders, TheThe JoyridersGordon Trout
1999New Adventures of Pinocchio, TheThe New Adventures of PinocchioGeppetto
1999Sleepy HollowPeter Van GarrettUncredited
2000Ready to RumbleSal Bandini
2000ShinerFrank Spedding
2000In the BeginningAbraham
2000Very Mean MenMr. White
2001Majestic, TheThe MajesticHarry Trimble
2003Hollywood HomicideJerry Duran
2003WakeOlder Sebastian Riven
2003Commission, TheThe CommissionSenator Richard Russell
2004Aryan Couple, TheThe Aryan CoupleJoseph Krauzenberg
2006Love Made EasyDon Farinelli Sr
2006Existential Affair, AnAn Existential AffairDoctor
2008David & FatimaRabbi Schmulic
2008City of EmberSul
2008Billy: The Early YearsOlder Charles Templeton
2008Harrison MontgomeryHarrison Montgomery
2008Lovely, StillRobert Malone
2008IvoryLeon Spencer
200992Voice role
2012FrankenweenieMr. RzykruskiVoice role

Selected television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1957HarbormasterFirst MateEpisode: "Sanctuary"
1958LawmanBob FordEpisode: "The Outcast"
1958SugarfootJim KellyEpisode: "The Ghost"
1959The Lawless YearsSilvaEpisode: "Lucky Silva"
The Twilight ZoneDan HotalingEpisode: "Mr. Denton on Doomsday"
Johnny StaccatoJerry LindstromEpisode: "Murder for Credit"
Tales of Wells FargoDoc HollidayEpisode: "Doc Holliday"
1960TateJohn ChessEpisode: "Tigrero"
Johnny RingoWes TymonEpisode: "The Derelict"
The IslandersArnieEpisode: "Duel of Strangers"
Adventures in ParadiseSackettEpisode: "Nightmare on Nakupa"
Wagon TrainPreacherEpisode: "The Cathy Eckhart Story"
1961Adventures in ParadiseMillerEpisode: "Mr. Flotsam"
BonanzaEmilianoEpisode: "The Gift"
The RiflemanMiguelEpisode: "The Vaqueros"
The Tall ManFranciscoEpisode: "Dark Moment"
The Law and Mr. JonesEpisode: "Lincoln"
The Detectives Starring Robert TaylorVince TreynorEpisode: "Shadow of His Brother"
1962The Tall ManFather GueschimEpisode: "The Black Robe"
1963The Travels of Jaimie McPheetersCochioEpisode: "The Day of the Killer"
Mr. NovakVictor RandEpisode: "Pay the Two Dollars"
The Outer LimitsAndroEpisode: "The Man Who Was Never Born"
1964The DefendersDr. Daniel OrrenEpisode: "The Secret"
The Greatest Show on EarthMario de MonaEpisode: "The Night the Monkey Died"
The Alfred Hitchcock HourLawyerEpisode: "Second Verdict"
The Outer LimitsRichard BelleroEpisode: "The Bellero Shield"
The Twilight ZoneMajor Ivan KuchenkoEpisode: "The Jeopardy Room"
1965Mr. NovakRobert CoolidgeEpisode: "Enter a Strange Animal"
A Man Called ShenandoahJace MillerEpisode: "The Locket"
The Big ValleyMariano MontoyaEpisode: "The Way to Kill a Killer"
1966BrandedEdwin BoothEpisode: "This Stage of Fools"
1966–1969Mission: ImpossibleRollin HandGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1967, 1968, 1969)
1969Get SmartMax's new faceEpisode: "Pheasant Under Glass"
1973ColumboIdentical-twin brothers Dexter Paris and Norman ParisEpisode: "Double Shock"
1975–1977Space: 1999Commander John Koenig, leader of Moonbase Alpha48 episodes
1981The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's IslandJ.J. Pierson
1985The New Twilight ZoneWilliam Cooper-JanesEpisode: "The Beacon/One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty"
1990Max and HelenSimon WiesenthalNominated — CableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1990By Dawn's Early LightPresident of the United StatesNominated — CableACE Award for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1992Legacy of LiesAbraham ResnickCableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
199312:01Dr. Thadius Moxley
1994Spider-ManThe Scorpion/Mac GarganVoice, seasons 1-2
1999Bonanno: A Godfather's StoryJoseph Bonanno (age 94)
2000In the BeginningAbraham
2004–2005Without a TraceFrank Malone4 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2004, 2005)
2006The EvidenceDr. Sol Gold8 episodes
EntourageBob Ryan3 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2008EntourageBob Ryan1 episode
2009In Plain SightJoseph Thomas/Joseph TancrediTraining video, special guest appearance
2011The SimpsonsThe Great RaymondoGuest voice appearance
Episode: "The Great Simpsina"
2011Have a Little FaithRabbi Albert Lewis
2013The Anna Nicole StoryJ. Howard Marshall IILifetime movie

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References[edit]

  1. ^ An article/interview with The Boston Globe, dated October 8, 1989, states that Landau was then 61 years old, indicating that he was born in 1928. Landau and his parents are also listed on the 1930 United States Federal Census, with Landau's age listed as being 21 months; The Boston Globe article is 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
  2. ^ Martin Landau biography. FilmReference.com.
  3. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi. The 'Majestic' Martin Landau. JewishJournal.com. December 21, 2001.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Welsh, Phillips, and Hill, p. 159.
  6. ^ Lindsey, Robert. "Martin Landau Rolls Up in a New Vehicle". The New York Times. 7 August 1988.
  7. ^ POV Online
  8. ^ TotalFilm video
  9. ^ OscarWorld.net
  10. ^ Awards for Ed Wood. IMDB.com.
  11. ^ www.onlocationvacations.com, retrieved July 1, 2011.]
  12. ^ a b "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith Charity Screening," WXYZ.com ABC Action News, November 16, 2011, retrieved November 17, 2011.

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