Martin Landau, Mission: Impossible and Ed Wood Star, Dead at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

According to Deadline, the actor died on Saturday night following unexpected complications after a brief stay at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The film star picked up an Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.

Landau won three Golden Globes and played a master of disguise in the original "Mission: Impossible" television series.

Landau portrayed washed-up Dracula actor Bela Lugosi in his final years, alongside Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and Sarah Jessica Parker. It's a small role that earned Landau his first Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. He was married to co-star Bain from 1957 until their divorce in 1993.

Martin Landau was the handsome, intelligent, reflective actor who was respected for first-class work in the theatre, and for his consistency and professionalism in films and TV in the 60s and 70s.

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Mr. Landau's career started in the 1950's and continued with numerous guest appearances on television shows, including The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Columbo.

Normality for Landau meant he never became a Hollywood A-lister, but he saw a benefit in not being a highly sought-after actor. In one of the series' most celebrated episodes, "The Mind of Stefan Miklos", Landau impersonated two different men as part of a sting-like operation, showcasing his skill at creating two distinct characters through physicality alone, no makeup or prosthetics necessary. Most recently he appeared in "The Last Poker Game" with Paul Sorvino, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and in "Remember" for director Atom Egoyan.

Landau - victor of an Academy Award for his role in the 1994 film "Ed Wood" - rose to fame playing a killer in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1959 tale of intrigue, "North by Northwest". Nicholson once credited his acting abilities to Landau.

He is survived by daughters Susan Landau Finch and Juliet Landau. Martin Landau, I was just telling a story about working with you tonight at dinner! He also received a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Saturn Award for the role.

The Oscar-winning actor was a newspaper cartoonist before making the leap into acting, and shot to fame when he appeared in North by Northwest in 1959.

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