Actor Martin Landau Dead at 89
Published Jul 17, 2017Hollywood star Martin Landau passed away on Saturday (July 15) at the age of 89. According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, Landau was hospitalized at UCLA in Los Angeles, where he died as a result of unspecified complications.
The Oscar-winning actor was best known for his roles in films like North by Northwest, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ed Wood, as well as the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible.
Landau received three consecutive Emmy nominations for his work on Mission: Impossible in 1966, 1967 and 1968, before leaving the show over "artistic differences."
He went on to receive a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting actor for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988). He was later nominated for Oscars again for his roles in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Ed Wood (1994).
Early in his career, Landau filmed a major supporting role in Cleopatra, though most of his screen time ended up on the cutting-room floor. "What could I do?" he later said. "They couldn't cut Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor."
He was also reportedly producer Gene Roddenberry's favourite for the part of Spock on Star Trek, but Leonard Nimoy got the iconic role after Landau landed his gig on Mission: Impossible.
In recent years, Landau provided voice work in the Tim Burton-produced animated films 9 and Frankenweenie. His last onscreen appearance was in this year's The Last Poker Game.