Martin Landau

Actor, Acting teacher, Cartoonist
Though he got his start as an actor during the golden age of television in the 1950s, Martin Landau had to wait until the late 1980s until he became a widely recognized commodity. After five years as a cartoonist ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1931 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (133)

Remember 2015 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Carlo's Wake 2014 (Movie)

Carlo Torello (Actor)

Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Color of Evening 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Without Ward 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anna Nicole 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Rzykruski (Voice)

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovely, Still 2010 (Movie)

Robert Malone (Actor)

9 2009 (Movie)

#2 (Voice)

Harrison Montgomery 2009 (Movie)

Harrison Montgomery (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ivory 2009 (Movie)

Leon Spencer (Actor)

Without A Trace 2004 - 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy: The Early Years 2008 (Movie)

Charles Templeton (older) (Actor)

City of Ember 2008 (Movie)

Sul (Actor)

David & Fatima 2008 (Movie)

Rabbi Schmulic (Actor)

The Commission 2007 (Movie)

Senator Richard Russell (Actor)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Made Easy 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Evidence 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aryan Couple 2004 (Movie)

Joseph Krauzenberg (Actor)

Wake 2004 (Movie)

Older Sebastian (Actor)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

Jerry Duran (Actor)

Adventures of Pinocchio II 2002 (Movie)

Geppetto (Actor)

Shanghai Ghetto 2002 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

Harry Trimble (Actor)

Tim Burton: Trick or Treat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ready to Rumble 2000 (Movie)

Sal Bandini (Actor)

Shiner 2000 (Movie)

Frank Spedding (Actor)

Very Mean Men 2000 (Movie)

Mr White (Actor)

Bonanno: A Godfather's Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Halle Berry 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Elevator 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Joyriders 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lee Strasberg: The Method Man 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Abe Petrovsky (Actor)

Steve McQueen: King of Cool 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Alvin Kurtzweil (Actor)

The X-Files Movie Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

B.A.P.S. 1997 (Movie)

Mr Blakemore (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Peter Graves: Mission Accomplished 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Long Way Home 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

Bela Lugosi: Hollywood's Dark Prince 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Judge Walker Stern (Actor)

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend of the Spirit Dog 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 (Movie)

Geppetto (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Bela Lugosi (Actor)

Intersection 1994 (Movie)

Neal (Actor)

12:01 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye of the Stranger 1993 (Movie)

Mayor Howard Baines (Actor)

Frame By Frame 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

No Place To Hide 1993 (Movie)

Frank McCay (Actor)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Time Is Money 1993 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Jack Roth (Actor)

Secrets of the Unknown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Visitors From the Unknown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Firehead 1991 (Movie)

Admiral Pendleton (Actor)

L' Oeil de la Veuve 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure Island 1990 (Movie)

Old Captain (Actor)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Judah Rosenthal (Actor)

Paint It Black 1989 (Movie)

Daniel Lambert--Gallery Owner (Actor)

Real Bullets 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Empire State 1988 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

Abe Karatz (Actor)

Cyclone 1987 (Movie)

Bosarian (Actor)

Delta Fever 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sweet Revenge 1987 (Movie)

Cicero (Actor)

W.A.R. Women Against Rape 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Being 1982 (Movie)

Garson Jones (Actor)

Without Warning 1980 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Meteor 1979 (Movie)

Adlon (Actor)

The Last Word 1978 (Movie)

Captain Garrity (Actor)

Space: 1999 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Shadows in an Empty Room 1975 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Savage 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Gunn 1971 (Movie)

Capelli (Actor)

A Town Called Hell 1970 (Movie)

Colonel (Actor)

They Call Me Mr. Tibbs 1969 (Movie)

Logan Sharpe (Actor)

Mission Impossible Vs. the Mob 1968 (Movie)

Rollin (Actor)

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Jesse Coe (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Caiaphas (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hallelujah Trail 1964 (Movie)

Chief Walks-Stooped-Over (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Rufio (Actor)

North By Northwest 1959 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

The Gazebo 1959 (Movie)

The Duke (Actor)

By Dawn's Early Light (TV Show)

Actor

Haven (TV Show)

Actor

In the Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

Joseph (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Max and Helen (TV Show)

Actor

Savage (Movie)

(Actor)

Teenage Paparazzo (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Empire (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Jungle Juice 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Though he got his start as an actor during the golden age of television in the 1950s, Martin Landau had to wait until the late 1980s until he became a widely recognized commodity. After five years as a cartoonist, Landau switched gears to become an actor, performing in live television productions before graduating to Hollywood features in the 1960s. Toward the latter half of that precarious decade, he landed his first truly memorable role, playing master of disguise Rollin Hand on the hit spy series, "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-1973). Though the show lasted for seven seasons, Landau left after the third because of a contractual dispute - a move that left the actor struggling to find quality roles for almost two decades. Landau had a particularly rough time during the 1980s despite a steady string of work, mainly as a one-dimensional villain in projects more concerned with car chases and explosions than character or story. He finally re-emerged with Oscar-nominated roles in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988) and "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989), eventually winning his first Academy Award for his spot-on portrayal of aging silent film star Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood" (1994), all of which paved the way for higher profile projects for an actor always capable of quality performances.

Relationships

Barbara Bain Actor

Wife
Married Jan. 31, 1957; co-starred on "Mission: Impossible" (CBS) and British series "Space: 1999" Divorced 1993

Gretchen Becker Actor

Companion
Appeared together in "Ed Wood" (1994) No longer together

Morris Landau

Father
Austrian

Susan B. Landau Actor

Daughter
Born c. 1965; mother Barbara Bain; produced "The Spirit of '76" (1990) mother Barbara Bain produced "The Spirit of '76" (1990)

Juliet Landau Actor

Daughter
Born March 30, 1965; mother, Barbara Bain Appeared together in "Ed Wood" (1994)

Selma Landau

Mother

EDUCATION

James Madison High School

Bronx , New York 1946

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied for three years with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2012

Reunited with director Tim Burton to voice Mr. Rzykruski in animated film "Frankenweenie"

2009

Lent his voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short "9"

2006

Received Emmy nomination for his role as an old-school producer on HBO series "Entourage"

2004

Co-starred with Judy Parfitt, as a Jewish couple trying to escape Nazi Germany in "The Aryan Couple"

2004

Guest starred on several episodes of "Without a Trace" (CBS); received Emmy nominations in 2004 and 2005

2003

Featured in the buddy cop flick "Hollywood Homicide" with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett

2001

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2001

Had pivotal supporting role in "The Majestic"

2000

Made executive producing debut with "Prank"

1999

Played the titular character as an older adult in the Showtime miniseries "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story"

1998

Co-starred in "Rounders" opposite Matt Damon

1997

Cast as a sickly millionaire who ends up being cared for by two waitresses in "B.A.P.S."

1996

Played Geppetto in the feature "The Adventures of Pinocchio"

1995

Appeared in the TNT biblical miniseries "Joseph"

1994

Portrayed screen horror icon Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's biopic "Ed Wood"

1992

Co-starred in the feature "Mistress"

1990

Portrayed Simon Wiesenthal in the based-on-fact TNT movie "Max and Helen"

1990

Cast as the U.S. President in the HBO original "By Dawn's Early Light"

1989

First TV miniseries, "The Neon Empire" (Showtime)

1989

Earned second Academy Award nomination as the adulterous husband in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1988

Received an Academy Award nomination for his role in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"

1987

Returned to film with "W.A.R. Women Against Rape"

1983

Played lead in low-budget horror feature "The Being"

1983

Guest starred on the NBC sitcom "Buffalo Bill"

1981

Last acting credit opposite Barbara Bain, "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island"

1976

First film in four years, "Strange Shadows in an Empty Room"

1975

Played lead role of John Koenig on British series "Space 1999"; again co-starred with then-wife Barbara Bain

1973

Directed by Steven Spielberg on busted NBC series pilot "Savage"

1972

Played a prisoner of war returning from Vietnam in CBS TV-movie "Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol"

1968

Left "Mission: Impossible" with Barbara Bain after contract dispute; new series regulars were added on and the show continued until 1973

1968

Reprised role from the series in the feature "Mission Impossible vs. The Mob"

1966

Played Rollin Hand on CBS adventure series "Mission: Impossible"; acted opposite wife Barbara Bain; received Emmy nominations for all three years

1963

Appeared on two episodes of ABC anthology series "The Outer Limits"

1959

Made film debut in "Pork Chop Hill"

1959

Made first major film appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest"

1957

Acted in the touring company of "Middle of the Night"

1955

Auditioned for Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio; was accepted with fellow student Steve McQueen

1951

First appearance in an off-Broadway play, "First Love"

1951

Made stage debut in "Detective Story" at the Peaks Island Playhouse in Maine

1948

At age 17, began working as a newspaper artist and staff cartoonist for New York's Daily News; illustrated Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column

Took over the title role in "Dracula" on Broadway; also starred in the national touring production

Replaced Franchot Tone in the revival of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"

Bonus Trivia

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Landau was one of Gene Roddenberry’s top picks to play Mr. Spock on his then-new sci-fi series "Star Trek" (CBS, 1966-69).

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"There was a ten-year period where everything I did was bad. I'd like to go back and turn all those films into guitar picks. I can't even remember most of the titles. I played a lot of heavies, one-dimensional rubbish. No, I wasn't driving a cab, and yes, I was better off than many people. But I was working for directors who didn't know anything about acting and stories. They only cared about car chases and explosions. I'm lucky I kept my sanity. It wasn't pleasant." – Landau quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 2, 1994

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