I loved Landau's film performances, but did he ever play Broadway?
Last Edit: WaymanWong 10:56 pm EDT 07/16/17
Posted by: WaymanWong 10:49 pm EDT 07/16/17
In reply to: Martin Landau has died. - kieran 09:15 pm EDT 07/16/17

Martin Landau had quite an Oscar trifecta of nominated performances: ''Tucker'' (1989), ''Crimes and Misdemeanors'' (1990) and ''Ed Wood'' (1995).

What a trio of directors to work with: Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Tim Burton, who directed him as Bela Lugosi, his winning role.

I also have a soft spot for Landau 'cuz he started as a cartoonist for the N.Y. Daily News (my old paper) and left after 4 years to pursue acting.

But did Landau ever play Broadway? There seem to be conflicting reports. Wikipedia says Landau made his Broadway debut in 1957 in Paddy Chayefsky's ''Middle of the Night.'' However, IBDB.com has no entry for him at all. (Granted, neither Wikipedia nor IBDB.com are not always correct.) Mike Barnes' obit of Landau for the Hollywood Reporter says that Alfred Hitchcock caught Landau in a touring production of ''Middle of the Night,'' opposite Edward G. Robinson, and cast him as Leonard, the killer, in ''North by Northwest.'' (What a shame he didn't return to N.Y. stages.)

About 40 years later, Landau finally won his Oscar, and it was presented to him by a 12-year-old: Anna Paquin, an Oscar winner for ''The Piano.''

In his acceptance speech, he thanked Burton, his "Ed Wood" co-star, Johnny Depp, and his Oscar-winning makeup artist, Rick Baker. He also included a shoutout to Rod Lurie, his biggest champion in the press, and a plug to keep the NEA funded. Alas, Landau apparently was cut off by the orchestra and didn't get to finish his speech. He later said he planned to thank Lugosi and dedicate his Academy Award to him.
Link Martin Landau: Oscar acceptance speech

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