Tributes to 'talented, sweet' Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau after his death

Camille Rivera
July 18, 2017

Martin Landau, a versatile character actor and Oscar victor whose career in film and television spanned more than half a century, died on Sunday, July 16, after "unexpected complications" during a hospital stay, according to his publicist.

From L-R: American actress Juliette Landau, American director Tim Burton, actor and rock star Johnny Depp and actor Martin Landau seen during a photo call for their film "Ed Wood" on May 26, 2006. He later spent a couple of years starring in syndicated sci-fi series "Space: 1999", on which, as with "Mission: Impossible", he co-starred with then-wife Barbara Bain. Landau finally won the golden statuette five years later for "Ed Wood".

The actor Martin Landau, best known for roles in the TV series Mission: Impossible and 1960s blockbusters like Cleopatra, has died, aged 89.

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.

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.

He did. Makeup faithful to Lugosi and knowledge of the horror star's body language he gleaned from filmed interviews helped Landau stride away from his "Ed Wood" performance with both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Speaking in 2011, Landau spoke of this role.

Landau's career spanned the decades.

One of his early break-out roles came with an appearance in North By Northwest, which was directed by the iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in 1959.

Once a newspaper cartoonist, Landau later took Hollywood by storm. He appears in the upcoming film The Last Poker Game with Paul Sorvino, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Also in the 2000s, Landau worked as an acting coach in a venture with director Mark Rydell and screenwriter-playwriter Lyle Kessler. They divorced in 1993 and had two children together.

Landau is survived by his daughters Susie and Juliet, their husbands, his sister Elinor, his granddaughter Aria, and his godson Dylan. "[Strasberg taught me that] a certain actor's arrogance is needed", Landau said in 2016. He was also in Hitchcock's North by Northwest as Leonard.

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