Tributes pour in for Martin Landau, dead at 89

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, famous for his turn on the Mission: Impossible TV series, is dead at 89.

Landau finally won the coveted award from his role in Tim Burton's Ed Wood in 1994, playing aging horror star Lugosi.

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.

During the 1970s, the couple moved to England to get work and landed the lead roles in "Space: 1999", an adventure drama about a moon-base crew who get into strife when an explosion sends the moon out of Earth's orbit and into deep space. Landau played Commander John Koenig, while Bain played the base's medical chief.

Landau had been described as a "guiding force" in the Actors Studio for over 60 years, and was serving as Artistic Director of Actors Studio West at the time of his death. He has been credited with helping to guide the talents of Huston, Warren Oates and Harry Dean Stanton in addition to Nicholson. "I told the picture editor I was going into the theater", Landau recalled in 1989.

Landau shot to fame in 1959, when Hitchcock chose him to play a role in his classic mystery, North by Northwest.

Landau was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1988 for his role in Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream". Survivors also include Landau's sons-in-law Roy and Deverill, sister Elinor, granddaughter Aria, and godson Dylan. He attended James Madison High School and Pratt Institute, and originally planned to be an illustrator.

The younger Landau joined the Daily News while still in high school and, after five years, he turned down a promotion for fear that he would remain at the paper forever.

Once a newspaper cartoonist, Landau later took Hollywood by storm.

His director, Howard Weiner, told WENN, "Martin asked a lot of questions and wanted to know if he was going to have to take off his shirt, which he doesn't, but he's an fantastic actor and I established trust with him and he was game".

With his dark hair and penetrating blue eyes, Landau found success on NY stages in Goat Song, Stalag 17 and First Love.

And he found steady work, including a role in a 1957 touring production of Paddy Chayefsky's "Middle of the Night" that starred Edward G. Robinson.

Landau co-starred with Bain in Rod Sterling's acclaimed series "The Twilight Zone" and in 2011 he lent his voice to an episode of the animated series "The Simpsons", according to the Reuters news agency.

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