Academy Award-Winner Martin Landau Dead at 89

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

Actor Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89.

Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor of Ed Wood and the star of the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible has died at the age of 89.

Landau received an Emmy nomination for each of his three seasons on M:I, taking home the Golden Globe for Best TV Star - Male in 1968.

Following his departure from CBS' Mission: Impossible show in 1969, Landau found his acting footing again when he played Abe Karatz in Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He finally became an Academy Award victor for his role in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" in 1994 after previously losing out to Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington. Allen cited Landau as the one actor, "of all the actors I've ever worked with, he gives expression to my dialogue exactly as I hear it". The very next year came a second nomination, for 1989's Crimes and Misdemeanors.


"Stranger Things" star David Harbour tweeted "The great Martin Landau has died". But you didn't necessarily have to take the lessons to learn from him; merely watching him onscreen was a master class in how to work with whatever you're given.

Martin Landau spent the next two decades struggling to find worthy roles, and appeared in a large number of genre motion pictures and television series, notably the motion picture thrillers Alone in the Dark and Without Warning, and the sci-fi show Space: 1999.

In recent years, Landau starred on television hits "Entourage" and "Without a Trace".

'I would've probably died playing that role. "Subliminally, I had always wanted to act".


"It helped me get better roles and more roles and better money", he told The Hollywood Reporter, but "then I went back to just being a normal actor". Survivors also include Landau's sons-in-law Roy and Deverill, sister Elinor, granddaughter Aria, and godson Dylan.

Landau, who was born in Brooklyn, is survived by two daughters from his marriage with "Mission: Impossible" co-star Barbara Bain.

Like Depp, Landau would become part of Burton's repertory company, appearing in such Burton projects as Sleepy Hollow, 9, and Frankenweenie.


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