Martin Landau, Oscar Winner and 'Mission: Impossible' Star, Dead at 89

Martin Landau attends the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017

There's some bad news that is coming out tonight about a true legend in Martin Landau - the actor is dead at the age of 89. Landau recently had a "brief stay" at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but he died yesterday due to "unexpected complications".

Martin Landau, one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood, with a career that spans film and television and almost 60 years, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Five years later, Landau would finally win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of washed-up Dracula actor Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood. The comeback role led to Landau's first Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, though he lost to Kevin Kline's knockout comic turn in A Fish Called Wanda.

Starring on Without a Trace from 2002-2009, Mr. Landau portrayed the father of FBI Agent Jack Malone, which earned him an Emmy nomination.

Also in the 2000s, Landau worked as an acting coach in a venture with director Mark Rydell and screenwriter-playwriter Lyle Kessler. He continued to perform in film and TV, and headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death.

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Patricia Arquette and Marlee Matlin have led early tributes to late movie and TV veteran Martin Landau following his death. Instead, he chose "Mission: Impossible", and Leonard Nimoy went on to everlasting fame as Spock. After the show's third season he and Barbara Bain, his wife and co-star, left because of a contractual dispute. "I would've probably died playing that role".

But his most far reaching presence in the mainstream was through television on shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Space: 1999, The Untouchables, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and many others. "I think he just could relate to it, and had been through enough ups and downs to understand Bela Lugosi", the Turner Classic Movies website quoted Burton as saying about Landau.

Landau got his start as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But during career doldrums, the New York-born Landau languished in third-rate projects such as the laughable 1981 TV movie "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" and the dispensable 1983 mutant monster movie "The Being". In 2006, his guest appearance on Entourage earned him a second Emmy nomination. "RIP George Romero and Martin Landau".

Laundau and Bain divorced in 1993.

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