Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Legendary film and television actor Martin Landau has passed away, aged 89

Legendary film and television actor Martin Landau has passed away, aged 89

There's some awful news that is coming out tonight about a true legend in Martin Landau - the actor is dead at the age of 89.

Martin Landau, a star of the 1960s television series "Mission: Impossible" who made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film "Ed Wood", died on Saturday at age 89, his publicist said.

Landau later received Oscar nominations for his turn in Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream", and Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" the following year. Ed Wood also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe award. Landau would go on to receive a best supporting actor nomination for his performance.

Landau is one of the most enduring actors of our time. He toured with the play until it reached Los Angeles, where he began his film career. "Obviously, if you can do that part I saw you do in the theater, you can do this little trinket".

Landau was also an acclaimed acting coach, teaching the likes of Jack Nicholson.

"Working with Martin Landau on Ed Wood was a joy", she added. His win also marked a historical Academy Award moment as he pounded his fists on the podium and yelled "NO!" when the orchestra started to cut his speech short, not allowing him to dedicate the award to Lugosi.

Landau recently celebrated his 89th birthday.

Calling it "the worst acting I've ever seen in my life to this day", Landau said he figured he couldn't do any worse. His most recent appearances have been in Without a Trace, Entourage, Remember, The Last Poker Game, and a Lifetime biopic about sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith.

'I would've probably died playing that role.

In Middle of the Night, "I played a very macho guy, 180 degrees from Leonard, who I chose to play as a homosexual - very subtly - because he wanted to get rid of Eva Marie Saint with such a vengeance", he recalled in a 2012 interview.

"I quit to become an out-of-work actor in NY, and everyone thought I was insane". He is survived by two daughters, Susan Bain Landau Finch and Juliet Landau. Landau often told interviewers that 2,000 would-be members applied that year, but only two got in: him and Steve McQueen.

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