“I try to never repeat a character. I always try to find something new and fresh and interesting that inspires me”
Martin James Landau (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017) was an American actor of stage, television and film, acting coach, executive producer, voice artist, editorial cartoonist and comic strip producer.
His career began 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 a Golden Globe Award) 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 continued to perform in film and television, and headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death in July 2017.