David Landau (actor)
David Landau (born David H. Magee, March 9, 1879 – September 20, 1935) was an American stage and film actor who appeared in 33 films from 1931 to 1935. He appeared on Broadway in 12 plays from 1919 to 1929.
David H. Magee
March 9, 1879
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||September 20, 1935 56) (aged|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Occupation||Stage and film actor|
|Spouse(s)||Frances Landau (born Sarah Frances Newhall; m. 1903-1935; his death)|
Magee was born in Philadelphia, the son of Robert Magee, who emigrated from County Londonderry, Ireland and listed his occupation as gardener on the 1880 census. His mother, Maryann, was Pennsylvania-born of Irish and English descent. David Magee studied law at the University of Pennsylvania. To improve his diction, he took a class in dramatics. He eventually abandoned his law studies and appeared in his first film in 1931.
His first wife was legally concluded by a court to have been actress Frances Landau (born Sarah Frances Newhall). In his will, David Landau questioned whether Frances had obtained a legal divorce from her previous husband, Edwin T. Emory, in 1900, before she had married him in 1903. Landau directed in his will that if Frances could prove her legal divorce from her previous husband, she should receive “the smallest legal amount” possible. His will left his estate ($3,803) to Delight Howell, “the best friend I ever had … in payment for her loyalty in spite of adversity”. According to the 1930 U.S. census, he was living with her in New York at that time. Howell is listed as "Lodger". Frances Landau claimed that Howell had taken advantage of her husband to make him believe that he and Frances had never been legally married. His funeral announcement in the Los Angeles Times referred to him as "[the] beloved husband of Delight Landau"; his obituary in the New York Times cited "Mrs. Delight Landau, his widow, survives".
- Bondwomen (1915) - David Power
- I Take This Woman (1931) - Circus Boss
- Street Scene (1931) - Mr. Frank Maurrant
- Arrowsmith (1931) - State Veterinarian
- This Reckless Age (1932) - Matthew Daggett
- Union Depot (1932) - Kendall
- Taxi! (1932) - Buck Gerard
- Polly of the Circus (1932) - Beef
- It's Tough to Be Famous (1932) - Chief Petty Officer Steve Stevens
- Amateur Daddy (1932) - Sam Pelgram
- The Roadhouse Murder (1932) - Kraft
- The Purchase Price (1932) - Bull McDowell
- Horse Feathers (1932) - Jennings
- 70,000 Witnesses (1932) - Dan McKenna
- The Cabin in the Cotton (1932) - Tom Blake
- Heritage of the Desert (1932) - Judson Holderness
- False Faces (1932) - McCullough
- Air Mail (1932) - 'Pop'
- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) - The Warden
- Under-Cover Man (1932) - Inspector Conklin
- They Just Had to Get Married (1932) - Montrose
- Lawyer Man (1932) - John Gilmurry
- She Done Him Wrong (1933) - Dan Flynn
- The Crime of the Century (1933) - Police Lt. Frank Martin
- Gabriel Over the White House (1933) - John Bronson
- The Nuisance (1933) - Kelley
- No Marriage Ties (1933) - Mr. Zimmer, Editor of 'The Reflector'
- One Man's Journey (1933) - McGinnis
- Bedside (1934) - Smith
- As the Earth Turns (1934) - Mark Shaw
- Wharf Angel (1934) - Moore
- The Man With Two Faces (1934) - Curtis
- Death on the Diamond (1934) - 'Pop' Clark
- Judge Priest (1934) - Bob Gillis (final film role)
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