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Oscar Winner Martin Landau Passes Away

July 16, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Martin Landau

Another acting great has left us. THR has confirmed that Martin Landau, who won an Academy Award playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, died on Saturday of unexpected complications at UCLA Medical Center on Saturday. The actor had been at the medical facility for a “brief stay.” He was eighty-nine.

Landau had a long and extensive career in Hollywood after working as a young man as a cartoonist for the Daily News. He began his acting career in 1950, working in the theater before making his first film appearance as Leonard, the henchman in Alfred Hicthcock’s classic North By Northwest. That role helped make him famous and propelled him to a career that includes roles in Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told and They Call Me Mister Tibbs!.

He went to television in 1966, playing master of disguise Rollin Hand in Mission: Impossible. He quit the shot in the middle of a contract dispute and struggled for a time after that, finding only sporadic work in films like Withoug Warning and taking a role on Space: 1999 from 1975 through 1977.

It wasn’t until his role as Abe Karatz in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream that he found his way back into the spotlight, earning several critics’ awards. He earned his first Oscar nomination for Judah Rosenthal in Crimes & Misdemeanors with a Best Supporting Actor nod, an award he won in 1994 for Ed Wood. Since then, Landau had appeared in several films including The X-Files film, Sleepy Hollow and Hollywood Homicide, as well as shows like Without a Trace and Entourage. His final role was Max in the 2015 thriller Remember.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and many fans of Mr. Landau. He will be missed.

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