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Martin Landau - Trivia

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Was Gene Roddenberry's first choice to play Mr. Spock on the TV series "Star Trek" (1966). Ironically, when Landau later left "Mission: Impossible" (1966), his replacement was Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock).

At 17, he joined the New York Daily News as a cartoonist and worked there for five years.

Of the 2,000 performers that auditioned for Lee Strasberg's exclusive theatre school in 1955, only two were accepted: Steve McQueen and Landau.

Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival in 1992.

Made a successful Broadway debut in 1957's "Middle of the Night".

A friend of James Dean, when Landau first met Steve McQueen and McQueen said he knew him, he asked where they had met. McQueen informed him he had seen Landau riding into the New York City garage where he worked as a mechanic on the back of Dean's motorcycle.

He has a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

From 1948-53, he made a living as a newspaper artist and staff cartoonist, for the New York's Daily News, as an illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" newspaper column, and as an assistant cartoonist to Gus Edson for "The Gumps" comic strip.

In, 1973 he appeared in the series pilot for NBC for a program entitled "Savage". The pilot was directed by the young Steven Spielberg. It was not picked up.

Is portrayed by Samuel Gould in James Dean (2001) (TV)

He received two of his three Oscar-nominations for portraying real-life people.

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