Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor, dies aged 89

He won an Oscar for his critically-acclaimed role as Bela Lugosi in the movie, "Ed Wood", as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Saturn Award for the role.

Landau's death was unexpected: he was hospitalized for a short time for an undisclosed illness, according to a statement Sunday night by his publicist, Dick Guttman.

Martin Landau, who won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's 1994 film Ed Wood, died Saturday at 89.

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".

Landau reportedly turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the NBC series "Star Trek", which went to another Jewish actor, Leonard Nimoy.

What may surprise many people out there now is that Landau had an opportunity to play another part in a classic series in Star Trek.

Ironically, Nimoy replaced Landau on "Mission: Impossible".

"There was a 10-year period when everything I did was bad. So I quit", Landau said.

Landau proved through the course of his career that he could perform any role handed to him. A gifted mimic trained in method acting, Landau had thoroughly researched the role.

"I quit to become an out-of-work actor in NY, and everyone thought I was insane". He leaves behind his ex-wife and former Mission Impossible co-star.

Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Landau started out as a newspaper cartoonist before joining Hollywood in the '50s.

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. He trained at the legendary Actors Studio, where he studied under Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan. Landau became close friends with James Dean, a fellow Actors Studio member, and dated Marilyn Monroe.

Landau and Bain left the show in 1969, working together again in the cult English sci-fi series Space: 1999 in the mid-70s.

He is survived by his daughters Susie (a writer-producer) and Juliet (an actress known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer) from his marriage to Barbara Bain. His most recent appearances have been in Without a Trace, Entourage, Remember, The Last Poker Game, and a Lifetime biopic about sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith. Donations can be made to the organization.

A documentary titled "An Actor's Actor: The Life of Martin Landau" is also now being prepared.


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