Actor Martin Landau Dead at 89

Tomas Mccoy
July 18, 2017

Landau, died after unexpected complications during a stay at the UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.

In the same interview, the alumnus of the prestigious Actors Studio told an NPR listener that he had never had much trouble learning lines because "I think of them as thoughts and ideas" that the character wants to express.

Nimoy then replaced Landau on "Mission: Impossible" when he left in a salary dispute.

Landau's career was then resurrected by director Francis Ford Coppola who picked him to play Abe Karatz - the business partner of automaker Preston Tucker, played by Jeff Bridges - in the 1988 film, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream". The actor played many iconic roles during his lifetime and had a huge influence on the industry. The very next year came a second nomination, for 1989's Crimes and Misdemeanors. His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994) earned him an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. Landau finally won the golden statuette five years later for "Ed Wood". "What could I do?" he later lamented.

During the 1960s, he had character roles in "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Nevada Smith" and "The Hallelujah Trail".

Landau's career picked up when he got a recurring role on the NBC comedy "Buffalo Bill", in which Dabney Coleman starred. "I think if they don't like what I'm doing, they'll say something", he said.

He and Bain divorced, and Landau spent the 1980s in roles in mostly obscure films. He has also worked with Actors Studio West as a director and teacher.

Landau got his big break when he was cast in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film North by Northwest. After this stint, the Landau name became commonplace in the world of Hollywood - especially when he was asked to join the cast of the CBS show, Mission: Impossible.

He had a series of roles in small films including 2006's "David and Fatima" and starred in 2008's "Harrison Montgomery".

Mission: Impossible star Martin Landau has died, aged 89.

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