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 .


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).



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

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
A friend of James Dean, when Landau first met Steve McQueen and McQueen said he knew him, he asked where they had met. McQueen informed him he had seen Landau riding into the New York City garage where he worked as a mechanic on the back of Dean's motorcycle.

Lives in West Hollywood, California.

In, 1973 he appeared in the series pilot for NBC for a program entitled "Savage". The pilot was directed by the young Steven Spielberg. It was not picked up.

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