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Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Birthday: 20 June 1928, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 188 cm

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years ...Show more

Martin Landau
[talking about making Without Warning (1980)] Greydon Clark [the film's director] is a godsend. He b Show more [talking about making Without Warning (1980)] Greydon Clark [the film's director] is a godsend. He believed in me--not just in ME, I mean, but in a lot of us aging near-burnouts who'd had our day in the fickle major leagues--and he offered roles that were neither demeaning, like I'd seen happen to Lon Chaney Jr. with some of those low-budget guys, nor otherwise false. Just working-actor stuff, meaty bits of business that allowed us to slice the ham as thick as we wanted. In fact, Francis Ford Coppola told me that he had sought me out for Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) in light of that over-the-top stuff I had done for Greydon Clark. It served notice that I still had the chops. Hide
Let's say I'm playing a heavy. Most of the time I'm only using a sliver of what I am, a little piece Show more Let's say I'm playing a heavy. Most of the time I'm only using a sliver of what I am, a little piece. Sometimes the more you embellish that, the worse it can be. The part's just not there. Hide
What I do best, what I've always done best, is act. What I do best, what I've always done best, is act.
[on working with Woody Allen in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)]: We never discussed the character. I Show more [on working with Woody Allen in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)]: We never discussed the character. I never heard anyone complain about it because I think it allows a good actor a kind of freedom: 'Here's a canvas. Paint!' Hide
[in a 1988 interview on "Tucker"] Frances gives you a vote of confidence to let you GO! I quote Mart Show more [in a 1988 interview on "Tucker"] Frances gives you a vote of confidence to let you GO! I quote Martin Ritt, a friend: 'Directing is casting the right person for the right part.' I don't think that many people would have thought of me for this part. I told Frances I could probably act Abe better than anybody. Hide
[when asked about his experiences while making No Place to Hide (1992)] WHY would you want to know a Show more [when asked about his experiences while making No Place to Hide (1992)] WHY would you want to know about THAT film!? Hide
[in a 1988 interview on "Tucker"] I'm a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, but in all the years I've acted, I Show more [in a 1988 interview on "Tucker"] I'm a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, but in all the years I've acted, I never had a Jewish role. Hide
The bottom line is a good actor can play many things. The bottom line is a good actor can play many things.
Martin Landau's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (54)
Martin Landau Martin Landau'S roles
Bob Ryan
Bob Ryan

Mr. Rzykruski
Mr. Rzykruski

Geppetto
Geppetto

Rufio
Rufio

Abe
Abe

Abe Petrovsky
Abe Petrovsky

The Great Raymondo
The Great Raymondo

Max Rosenbaum
Max Rosenbaum

Sal Bandini
Sal Bandini

Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi

Mr. Donald Blakemore
Mr. Donald Blakemore

Leonard
Leonard

Doc Holliday
Doc Holliday

Joseph Bonanno, Age 94
Joseph Bonanno, Age 94

Harry Trimble
Harry Trimble

Judah Rosenthal
Judah Rosenthal

Alvin Kurtzweil, MD
Alvin Kurtzweil, MD

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