Renowned Hollywood actor Martin Landau who is known for his scintillating performance in Ed Wood and TV series Mission: Impossible, besides many more is dead. He was 89.
Martin Landau cause of death was said to be from unspecified complications. He was admitted to UCLA Medical Center a couple of days ago and reportedly died at the hospital. It must be mentioned that he was active till the very last. It is no secret that the actor continued to perform in films and on TV, and headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death.
Landau was an exceptional talent who worked in more than two hundred Hollywood films and TV serials. He received almost every major award in a career spanning more than six decades.
It is simply surprising as to how a man who began his career as a newspaper cartoonist went on to make so big as an actor. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, as well as his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream , received his second Oscar nomination for his appearance in Crimes and Misdemeanors. His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood earned him an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Reports suggest that the actor passed away Saturday due to unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. Dick Guttman.
A report in NBC Philadelphia says that he might have achieved much more fame and become a superstar had he not turned down a great opportunity. “Landau might have been a superstar but for a role he didn’t play — the pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock. “Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. Landau turned it down…”A character without emotions would have driven me crazy; I would have had to be lobotomized,” he explained in 2001. Instead, he chose “Mission: Impossible,” and Leonard Nimoy went on to everlasting fame as Spock”, says the report.
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Martin Landau's nuanced performances in countless classic films and shows is often what made them great. Rest in peace Marty, 1928-2017. pic.twitter.com/qhDzMjrYik
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) July 17, 2017
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— Humanoid History (@HumanoidHistory) July 17, 2017
Farewell, Martin Landau… pic.twitter.com/2HrqdS3qAb
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— Tribeca (@Tribeca) July 17, 2017
My thoughts are with Martin Landau and his family at this time… a great talent who always made every performance his own. pic.twitter.com/aHl7lwzVhv
— Mark Mahon (@MarkMahon) July 17, 2017
'It's better to live as your own man,
than as a fool in someone else's dream.'
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 20, 1928, the actor went to James Madison High School and the Pratt Institute. He began his career as cartoonist at the New York Daily News when he was all of 17. But his calling was apparently somewhere else, so he left the paper and headed to Hollywood. After auditioning for the Actors Studio in 1955, he and Steve McQueen were the only applicants admitted out of 500 that applied. He was married to Barbara Bain for around 37 years. But the marriage ended in divorce after surviving for more than three and half decades. Landau has two daughters, Susan and Juliet, from his marriage to actress and former co-star Barbara Bain. According to CelebrityNetworth Martin Landau net worth was around $10 million.