Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau Dies at Age 89


Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, mostly known for films like "North by Northwest", "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Ed Wood", passed away here.

The statement read, "We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau on July 15, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.at UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to unexpected complications during a short hospitalization".

"There was a 10-year period when everything I did was bad". His talent and hard work is most certainly appreciated and will be missed.

Landau attended James Madison High School and Pratt Institute, both in Brooklyn.

His film debut came in a small role in "Pork Chop Hill" in 1959, followed by a larger role in "The Gazebo". He also had prominent roles in the first X-Files movie (as a paranoid scientist), Rounders (as a poker-playing law professor), and The Majestic (as a bereaved gold-star father who mistakes amnesiac Jim Carrey for his long-lost son).

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In "Ed Wood", he portrayed Lugosi during his final years, when the Hungarian-born actor who had become famous as Count Dracula was ill, addicted to drugs and forced to make films with Ed Wood just to pay his bills.

In Middle of the Night, "I played a very macho guy, 180 degrees from Leonard, who I chose to play as a homosexual - very subtly - because he wanted to get rid of Eva Marie Saint with such a vengeance", he recalled in a 2012 interview.

He and Bain co-starred in the syndicated sci-fi series "Space: 1999" in the mid-1970s; although stylishly made, it flopped. In 2006, his guest appearance on Entourage earned him a second Emmy nomination.

But Landau and Bain - who divorced in 1993 after having two daughters - left the show three seasons in due to a salary dispute. "There was a lot of pain, a lot of angst", he told The New Yorker in 1995. Allen cited Landau as the one actor, "of all the actors I've ever worked with, he gives expression to my dialogue exactly as I hear it". "Trust has to be attained", Landau said. As an undercover disguise artist, Hand proved a showcase for Landau's acting skills, allowing him to play multiple characters - often in the same episode.