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

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His final role was in The Last Poker Game (2017), making an appearance at the film's premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. "In a well-written script, the dialogue ... is what [characters] are willing to share", Landau said in 2001. He won his Oscar for his superb turn as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's brilliant Ed Wood. The Academy recognized his layered performance with a nomination, as did Woody Allen, who quickly cast him in another Oscar-nominated role, as an amoral ophthalmologist in 1989's Crimes and Misdemeanors. "I would've probably died playing that role. Subliminally, I had always wanted to act".

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. Martin Landau, in short, was everything.

After winning his Oscar, Landau gushed: "My God!"

Landau's rep notes that donations may be made to The Actors Studio West. Ironically, after he left the series due to contract disputes, Landau would eventually be replaced on the series by Leonard Nimoy... the actor who took over the role of Mr. Spock after Landau rejected the role. "I was doing lousy parts in lousy movies, mindless characters".

Landau got his start as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News, according to The Hollywood Reporter. By 1955 he was accomplished enough to be admitted to the Actors Studio in NY.


Though his workload slowed in the 2000s, Landau continued to perform in films all the way up until 2015. He will forever be missed, but at least we'll have his many wonderful films and television shows to remember him by.

Landau was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928.

He featured in the Alfred Hitchcock film North by North-West and played a commander in Space: 1999 and Geppetto in a live-action version of The Adventures of Pinocchio.

On "Mission: Impossible" Landau played the master of disguise, Rollin Hand. During their marriage (1957 - 1993), they had two daughters and worked together on "Mission: Impossible".

No one had directed him in several decades, he said, adding that he brought his ideas to a role.

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