Landau was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 20, 1928, the son of Selma (née Buchman) and Morris Landau. His father, an Austrian-born machinist, scrambled to rescue relatives from the Nazis.
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.
One of my favorite roles of Landau is as Bob Ryan on Entourage, ‘Is that something you’d be interested in?’
“I remember Martin came to set and was limping. I asked what happened. He told me he had fallen, but it was no big deal. He lifted his pant, and his leg was literally purple. I said Martin, you can’t work and he said “Douglas, I haven’t missed a single day in my entire fifty year career, I’m not starting for you.” Loved this man. #rip” – Doug Ellin, Writer, Producer, Director: Entourage
🕯 May his memory be a blessing