The actor was heralded for his performance as Rollin Hand in the "Mission Impossible" TV series.
His other acting credits include Ready to Rumble, Edtv, The X-Files: Fight the Future, Rounders, The Majestic, Mysteria, City Hall, and the made-for-TV Anna Nicole biopic.
"When I was growing up, every impressionist did awful 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 never had to work in a laundry". He received another best supporting actor Oscar nomination for Woody Allen's 1989 morality fable "Crimes and Misdemeanors" in which he played murderous ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal. Landau, however, brings both humor and pathos to the role of Lugosi, the Dracula star (Landau himself had played the vampire count on stage), now a frail drug addict trying once more to summon the terrifying charisma that had long ago made him famous. "To become an actor was a dream I must've had so deeply and so strongly because I left a lucrative, well-paying job that I could do well to become an unemployed actor". "I would've probably died playing that role". Alfred Hitchcock gave Landau his second movie role ever in North by Northwest. "People thought I was nuts to play the character gay, which wasn't originally written that way". Arquette recalled working with the star on cult movie Ed Wood, calling her time with him "a joy", adding, "What a talented, sweet generous actor", while Matlin shared: "So sad to read about the passing of Martin Landau".
Landau, who was born in Brooklyn, is survived by two daughters from his marriage with "Mission: Impossible" co-star Barbara Bain.
However, roles in "A Town Called Hell", "Operation Snafu" and another villain role in "They Call Me Mister Tibbs" didn't result in major acclaim.