David Landau (I) (1879–1935)

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Very busy Hollywood character actor who didn't hit his stride on screen until he was in his 50s but who nonetheless appeared in 33 films between 1931 and 1934. Many of his performances were somewhat wooden, although that suited the characters he portrayed. Landau was best known for his deep, sonorous speaking voice. See full bio »

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Known For

Horse Feathers Jennings
Street Scene Frank Maurrant
Taxi Buck Gerard
She Done Him Wrong Dan Flynn


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 1934 Judge Priest
Bob Gillis
 1934 Death on the Diamond
'Pop' Clark
 1934 The Man with Two Faces
 1934 Wharf Angel
 1934 As the Earth Turns
Mark Shaw
 1934 Bedside
 1933 One Man's Journey
 1933 No Marriage Ties
Mr. Zimmer, Editor of 'The Reflector'
 1933 The Nuisance
 1933 Gabriel Over the White House
John Bronson
 1933 The Crime of the Century
Police Lt. Frank Martin
 1933 She Done Him Wrong
Dan Flynn
 1932 Lawyer Man
John Gilmurry
 1932 Under-Cover Man
Inspector Conklin
 1932 Air Mail
 1932 False Faces
 1932 Heritage of the Desert
Judson Holderness
 1932 The Cabin in the Cotton
Tom Blake
 1932 70,000 Witnesses
Dan McKenna
 1932 Horse Feathers
 1932 The Purchase Price
Bull McDowell
 1932 The Roadhouse Murder
 1932 Amateur Daddy
Sam Pelgram
 1932 It's Tough to Be Famous
Chief Petty Officer Steve Stevens
 1932 Polly of the Circus
 1932 Union Depot
 1932 This Reckless Age
Matthew Daggett
 1931/II Taxi
Buck Gerard
 1931 Arrowsmith
State Veterinarian
 1931 Street Scene
Frank Maurrant
 1931 I Take This Woman
Circus Boss
 1915 Bondwomen
David Power

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Stage Play: Women Go On Forever. Written by Daniel Nathan Rubin. Directed by John Cromwell. Forrest Theatre: 7 Sep 1927- Dec 1927 (closing date unknown/117 performances). Cast: Mary Boland (as "Miss Daisy Bowman"), James Cagney (as "Eddie"), Willard Foster (as "Dr. Bevin"), Edwin Kasper, David Landau (as "Daly"), Mary Law (as "Mabel"), ... See more »


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Landau had a long but unremarkable stage career until 1930, when he played the murderous cuckold Mr. Murrant in the national touring company production of Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Street Scene". He powerfully recreated the role in director King Vidor's 1931 film adaptation. Armed with a menacing look and a cavernous bass speaking voice, Landau became a steadily employed Hollywood... See more »

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