Famed actor Martin Landau dead at 89

Ed Wood and Mission Impossible star Martin Landau dead aged 89

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor "died Saturday of "unexpected complications" after a brief stay at UCLA Medical Center".

Martin Landau, an Oscar victor for his supporting role in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" (1994), has died at 89, THR reports.

Landau, who appeared in nearly 200 movies and TV shows, was best known for his performances in the Mission: Impossible TV series, Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994), and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Landau would go on to receive a best supporting actor nomination for his performance. When Landau asked what inspired the director to hire him to play villainous henchman Leonard, Hitchcock told him, "Marty, you have a circus going on inside you".

Landau's acting dreams came true in 1955 when he auditioned for Lee Strasberg and was accepted into the Actors Studio.

The lanky, offbeat-looking veteran of the Actors Studio, for he which he was now West Coast co-artistic director, had many ups and downs in his career. He claimed that he and Steve McQueen were the only two among 2,000 applicants whose auditions gained them admittance to the Actors Studio (of which Landau later became an officer). But it was the 1966 TV show "Mission: Impossible', which helped him make a mark in the industry". It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show's third season amid a financial dispute with the producers.

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His third nomination was for "Ed Wood", director Tim Burton's affectionate tribute to a man widely viewed as the worst Hollywood filmmaker of all time.

That 1995 Golden Globe Award, his second for best supporting actor in a movie, trailed one for his role as an emigre financier in the story about a maverick vehicle designer, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1989). Accolades continued to roll in during the decade of the 2000s, with Primetime Emmy nominations for guest spots in Without a Trace and Entourage.

Landau had two daughters from his marriage to actress and former Barbara Bain. The statement provided by his rep also noted he is survived by ex-wife Bain, to whom he was married from 1957-1993. Landau grew into his gravitas, and also into bittersweet human comedy and tragedy, in ways that were unavailable to him as a younger man. Landau was destined to be the career-opposite to his friend and contemporary from the early, hungry days in New York - James Dean.

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