The TV show also starred Landau's wife, Barbara Bain. While he failed to win an Emmy, Bain won three in a row for her role as agent Cinnamon Carter on the same show, which they quit in 1969 over a pay dispute. "In a well-written script, the dialogue ... is what [characters] are willing to share", Landau said in 2001. He was also a part of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and even "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island", odd as it may seem.
Landau's film career was reignited by his Oscar-nominated performance in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988). Landau starred alongside Jeff Bridges, who played his character's business partner, Preston Tucker. Landau, nearly unrecognizable with aging makeup and a mustache, played Tucker's partner. "I didn't have to drive a cab", he told The Boston Globe in 1989. "To this day, I can still hear my mother's voice saying, 'You did what?!'" He received another nomination the next year for Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors", in which he played a successful, upstanding ophthalmologist and family man who gets away with the arranged murder of his mistress. He was even offered the role of Spock on Star Trek, but he turned it down because "it would've been torturous" to play the emotionless Vulcan.
Highly respected among his peers, one of Landau's greatest loves was using his skills in the theater, an aspect of his career he recently illuminated for fans on Marc Maron's WTF podcast in January. "I think he thought I was going to be an usher". Landau finally won the golden statuette five years later for "Ed Wood". His film career languished for more than a decade, reaching its nadir with his appearance in the 1981 TV movie "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island". Further collaborations with Burton would follow, including Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Frankenweenie (2012). "You make a choice and see where it goes". "Is that something you might be interested in?"
Martin Landau's influence in the film industry is vast, inspiring countless actors and directors. His father, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, was a skilled machinist. Seeing bad actors had simply persuaded him that he could simply do it better. He did have a heroic part as ill-fated Roman officer Rufio in 1963's Cleopatra and a meaty role as Jesus's priestly antagonist Caiaphas in George Stevens's The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), but neither of those epics did much to help the careers of their massive ensemble casts. He was John the Baptist in an "Omnibus" adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play "Salome" and a sadistic western gunman in an episode of "The Twilight Zone".
Landau married Bain in 1957.
He is survived by two daughters, writer-producer-casting director Susan Landau Finch and actress Juliet Landau, a sister and a granddaughter.
Landau began as a cartoonist, but was accepted into the Lee Strasberg Actor's Studio in 1955 alongside Steve McQueen.