Oscar winning actor Martin Landau dead

Ed Wood and Mission Impossible star Martin Landau dead aged 89

Landau received a best supporting actor nomination for that performance, then backed it up the following year with another nom for starring as Judah Rosenthal, an ophthalmologist who has his mistress (Angelica Huston) killed, in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).

"We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau", read the statement from his reps, according to PEOPLE. After a few years, though, he abruptly quit his job to follow his dream and become a theatrical actor, something he recognized many years later as a "crazy" idea. During the mid-1970s and 80s, Landau's Hollywood shine had dimmed considerably.

His other acting credits include Ready to Rumble, Edtv, The X-Files: Fight the Future, Rounders, The Majestic, Mysteria, City Hall, and the made-for-TV Anna Nicole biopic. Landau liked to tell the story of asking Hitchcock why the director cast an unknown like him in the role, to which Hitchcock replied, "If you can do that part in the play, you can do this little trinket of mine".

In 1994, he played the dying, once-famous screen ghoul Bela Lugosi, in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood".

Born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928, Landau gave up a career as cartoonist at the New York Daily News to pursue acting.

After Mission: Impossible, Landau's work in TV subsumed his burgeoning film career for a while.

His third nomination was for "Ed Wood", director Tim Burton's affectionate tribute to a man widely viewed as the worst Hollywood filmmaker of all time.

Since then, Landau had worked steadily in film, including starring opposite Paul Sorvino in "The Last Poker Game", which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in NY.

Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor known for his role in "Mission: Impossible", died in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 15. Landau won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He was married to co-star Bain from 1957 until their divorce in 1993. He and Bain left the series after the third season to star in the British-made sci-fi series "Space: 1999". After years of forgettable walk-on parts, writers were tailoring roles for him. Landau said he doesn't regret it however, saying "Lenny (Nimoy) was better suited for" the role.

Landau is survived by Bain and their two daughters, Susan Landau Finch and Juliet Landau. Or I was getting up to bat and no one was pitching to me.

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