Martin Landau Overview:

Character actor, Martin Landau, was born on Jun 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. Landau died at the age of 89 on Jul 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA .

MINI BIO:

Martin Landau was an American actor reminiscent of Raymond Massey but with a more desperate look. He seemed set for a prolific film career after his second-lead villain in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", but, in fact, made very few films, getting tied up in the television series "Mission Impossible" (as Rollin Hand) and "Space 1999" (as Commander John Koenig), in both of which he appeared with his wife Barbara Bain (1957-1993, divorced).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Martin Landau was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for Ed Wood (as Bela Lugosi) in 1994.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1988Best Supporting ActorTucker The Man and His DreamAbeNominated
1989Best Supporting ActorCrimes and Misdemeanors (1989)Judah RosenthalNominated
1994Best Supporting ActorEd Wood (1994)Bela LugosiWon
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Martin Landau Quotes:

Leonard: You must have had some doubts about her yourself. You still do.
Phillip Vandamm: Rubbish.
Leonard: Why else would you have decided not to tell her that our little treasure here has a belly full of microfilm?
Phillip Vandamm: You seem to be trying to fill mine with rotten apples.
Leonard: Sometimes the truth does taste like a mouthful of worms.
Phillip Vandamm: The truth? I've heard nothing but innuendos.
Leonard: Call it my woman's intuition, if you will. But I've never trusted neatness. Neatness is always the result of deliberate planning.


Caiaphas: Jesus of Nazareth, your crimes are so many I scarcely know where to begin.


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Martin Landau Facts
Turned down the role of Carl Grissom in Batman (1989). The role eventually went to Jack Palance, whom Landau had co-starred with in Alone in the Dark (1982).

He has a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Father-in-law of Roy Finch.

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