Martin Landau, Star Of 'Mission Impossible' And 'Ed Wood,' Dies At 89

Posted July 17, 2017

"Mission: Impossible" ran another four years without them. "Trust has to be attained", Landau said. A widely acknowledged nadir was the TV film "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" (1981).

Since then, Landau had worked steadily in film, including starring opposite Paul Sorvino in "The Last Poker Game", which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in NY. Landau, nearly unrecognizable with aging makeup and a mustache, played Tucker's partner. The following year, he was nominated for the same Oscar category for portraying philandering ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen's Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989).

"Oh, "Tucker" resurrected me", Landau told the London Guardian.

"I turned down Star Trek".

"I quit to become an out-of-work actor in NY, and everyone thought I was insane".

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".

Newsweek arts writer Cathleen McGuigan spoke for many critics when she wrote that his "delicate, tortured performance as a successful man caught in the web of his deceits is a tour de force". Crimes and Misdemeanors earned Martin Landau his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, an award he would finally win for his iconic performance as an aging, drug-addicted, foul-mouthed Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's celebrated drama Ed Wood.

Hand's character, billed as "The World's Greatest Impersonator", also pinned Landau as a master of disguise in the eyes of casting directors, who saw him suited to play a variety of roles, notes the The New York Times.

Martin Landau displays the Oscar he won for Best Supporting Actor at the 67th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 27, 1995. After landing his big break in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, He appeared on numerous TV shows like Bonanza, The Untouchables, and The Twilight Zone. He also had a role in "City of Ember" and did voicework for the 2009 animated feature "9" and 2012's "Frankenweenie".

He was nominated for Emmys for each of his three seasons on the show and won the Golden Globe for best male TV star in 1968, IMDb said. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

For decades now, Martin Landau has been one of the most respectable elder statesmen in the entertainment industry, with prolific appearances in good films, bad films and every film in between. His father, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, was a skilled machinist.

Landau continued working even in his later years. "I knew I wanted to go into the theater".

"I think he enjoyed the challenge". He also worked as an acting teacher.