(written from a Production point of view)
Leslie "Les" Landau is a veteran director of Star Trek episodes in all four Rick Berman-era spin-off series. Landau started as first assistant director on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. During this capacity, he replaced director Russ Mayberry on "Code of Honor", when Mayberry left the production. Later in the season, Landau finally debuted as a credited director with "The Arsenal of Freedom".
Dr. Les Landau, a character in the episode "Samaritan Snare" that appeared in a directory of names on a set decoration, was named for him. Landau was interviewed by Lee Goldberg for the article "Les Landau – Friend to "Sarek", published in The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine issue 21, pp. 41-47. In his position as first assistant director, Landau attended casting sessions and story meetings after he asked Corey Allen to participate as much as possible. Landau was asked to return for the second season as assistant director with the promise to direct two Star Trek episodes and a segment of MacGyver and accepted.
Landau served as assistant director on the 1976 film Leadbelly, starring Madge Sinclair and Albert Hall, and as first assistant director on the television series Dynasty, starring Joan Collins and Lee Bergere, co-produced by Douglas S. Cramer, and T.J. Hooker, starring William Shatner, James Darren, and Richard Herd.
He has also directed episodes for such television series as Beverly Hills, 90210, seaQuest DSV, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, M.A.N.T.I.S., Sliders, JAG, and Dark Angel. He produced and directed the 1998 film Archibald the Rainbow Painter, which starred Robert Picardo, Michael McKean, Andrew Robinson, Ann H. Gillespie, and Spice Williams-Crosby. He also directed the television science fiction film The Last Man on Planet Earth in 1999, written by Kenneth Biller and starring Tamlyn Tomita, Elizabeth Dennehy, Nancy Hower, Martha Hackett, Cliff DeYoung, and Azalea Davila.
Star Trek credits
- "Encounter at Farpoint" – First Assistant Director (Season 1)
- "Code of Honor" – Director (uncredited), First Assistant Director
- "Where No One Has Gone Before" – First Assistant Director
- "Lonely Among Us" – First Assistant Director
- "The Battle" – First Assistant Director
- "Too Short a Season" – First Assistant Director
- "Datalore" – First Assistant Director
- "11001001" – First Assistant Director
- "When The Bough Breaks" – First Assistant Director
- "The Arsenal of Freedom"
- "We'll Always Have Paris" – First Assistant Director
- "The Neutral Zone" – First Assistant Director
- "The Child" – First Assistant Director (Season 2)
- "Elementary, Dear Data" – First Assistant Director
- "The Schizoid Man"
- "Samaritan Snare"
- "The Survivors" (Season 3)
- "Deja Q"
- "Sins of the Father"
- "Future Imperfect"
- "Night Terrors"
- "Half a Life"
- "Ensign Ro"
- "Unification I"
- "Time's Arrow"
- "Time's Arrow, Part II"
- "Chain of Command, Part II"
- "Dark Page"
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Klingon Challenge