Martin Landau Gave Up a Nice Cartoon Job for Performing – PRINT Journal


In a 2010 interview with former NPR “Discuss of the Nation” host Neal Conan, one in every of my favourite actors, Martin Landau (1928–2017), revealed that he began his profession as a cartoonist for the New York Every day Information (for Billy Rose’s “Pitching Horseshoes” column, and as an assistant cartoonist to Gus Edson for “The Gumps” caricature, a duplicate of which he’s stated to have labored on beneath). The TV sequence “Mission Unimaginable” and “House 1999,” to not point out Hitchhook’s North By Northwest, would have been very completely different with out his masterly versatile nuances.

Right here is an excerpt from the NPR interview:

LANDAU: I began on The New York Every day Information as a child once I was 17 years previous, as a cartoonist and illustrator, and I used to be being groomed to be the theatrical caricaturist. And I do know if I obtained that job, I’d by no means give up. So I give up.

CONAN: So that you have been getting provided a—you believed you have been about to be provided a pleasant, comfortable job in newspapers, after which …

LANDAU: It was an ideal job, truly. I’d go to opening nights, and the PR folks would give me 8x10s of the gown rehearsal. And I might go dwelling, truly—I didn’t must go to the information constructing—and do a drawing of the forged, which would seem in a Sunday paper. If there have been two openings that week, two drawings. The previous fellow, Horace Knight(ph), was an previous English fellow who had that job was retiring. And I used to be—I had the flexibility to try this. So I—however I knew I wished to enter the theater. I imply, I wished to behave. And I knew if I obtained that job—which was, once more, a comfortable job and really well-paying job, and the one—you realize, I imply, my fashion was form of a nouveau, artwork nouveau fashion, an artwork deco fashion, versus Hirschfeld’s, who had a really flowing line.

Supply: The Comics Beat Weblog


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