Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Actor Martin Landau has died at age 89

Actor Martin Landau has died at age 89

Iconic actor Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89.

Oscar victor Martin Landau died Saturday of "unexpected complications" following a brief stay at UCLA Medical Center, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Martin Landau, one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood, with a career that spans film and television and almost 60 years, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Landau made his first bigscreen impression in Alfred Hitchcock's action suspenser "North by Northwest", playing the villain who does Mason's dirty work.

It was his role as the haunting Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's biopic, Ed Wood, that finally scored him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1994. Landau is agonised, self-questioning and vulnerable, at once a kind of damaged father figure to Tucker and yet also perhaps someone who lets him down, like an errant son. Photo shows Landau at work in the Daily News Art Dept in 1951. Landau would ultimately be instrumental in opening a West Coast branch of the Studio, and he'd continue teaching for the rest of his life.

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Actor Martin Landau arrives for the European premiere of the film "Frankenweenie" at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London October 10, 2012. He then became a household name with his starring role in "Mission: Impossible", but left the show after three seasons in a dispute over pay.

Landau, who has also taught acting to such luminaries as Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I would've probably died playing that role".

Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film Tucker: The Man and His Dream won Landau a Golden Globe Award as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. During the episode, Landau told stories about his early days as a struggling actor in New York City studying under the legendary Lee Strasberg and roaming the streets of the city with the likes of James Dean. He won the Oscar for the "Ed Wood" role.

After Space: 1999 ended, Landau went into a decade-long slump, making cheesy TV-movies and low-rent horror efforts like Without Warning, Alone In The Dark and The Being. It brought him an Oscar nomination for the second year in a row. They had two daughters: actress Juliet Landau and filmmaker Susan Landau Finch. He is also survived by Bain, with whom he was married until 1993.

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