"When I was growing up, every impressionist did bad Bela Lugosi imitations - "I want to drink your blood" - and I realized this was a field with tiger traps throughout", Landau told critic Roger Ebert, "and I had to walk carefully".
"I think he enjoyed the challenge". According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was close friends with James Dean and even once dated Marilyn Monroe.
Landau made his first big screen impression in Alfred Hitchcock's action suspenser "North by Northwest", playing the villain.
The school employed the Method philosophy, which calls on a performer to draw from his own, often painful, memories to illuminate a character. His talent and hard work is most certainly appreciated and will be missed.
Martin Landau's influence in the film industry is vast, inspiring countless actors and directors. Landau often told interviewers that 2,000 would-be members applied that year, but only two got in: him and Steve McQueen. Instead, however, he was stuck in roles as sinister heavies.
Normality for Landau meant he never became a Hollywood A-lister, but he saw a benefit in not being a highly sought-after actor.
A documentary about Landau's life, entitled An Actor's Actor: The Life of Martin Landau, is now in the works.
Martin Landau, one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood, with a career that spans film and television and almost 60 years, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017. After the show's third season he and Barbara Bain, his wife and co-star, left because of a contractual dispute.
Survivors include his daughters Susie (a writer-producer) and Juliet (an actress-dancer) from his marriage to Bain; sons-in-law Roy and Deverill; sister Elinor; granddaughter Aria; and godson Dylan.
Though he worked consistently, his movie career didn't kick into high gear again until he was 60.
Landau earned his first Best Supporting Actor nomination for Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1988, then followed it up the next year for Crimes and Misdemeanors. "Before that I did several films that should be turned into toothpicks".
He won an Oscar for his role as horror legend Bela Lugosi in the 1995 movie Ed Wood. The actor had been at the medical facility for a "brief stay".
Landau's career spanned over 60 years with many different types of characters over the years. "Star Trek" creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. "I would've probably died playing that role". In 2008, he had a lead role in the indie romance Lovely, Still, opposite Ellen Burstyn.
Landau was famous for his successful role in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible". His most recent appearances have been in Without a Trace, Entourage, Remember, The Last Poker Game, and a Lifetime biopic about sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith.