Hollywood is in mourning this week after it was reported that Academy Award winner Martin Landau, best known for his roles in the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible” and in 1994’s “Ed Wood,” passed away. The Hollywood legend was 89 years-old.
Breitbart reported that Landau’s publicist Dick Guttman confirmed his death and said that the actor died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center.
Landau earned national fame for himself when he began starring on “Mission: Impossible” in 1966. It was on that show that he met his wife, actress Barbara Bain. The couple left the television series after three seasons, and a successful movie career followed for Landau.
Landau earned his first Oscar nomination for his work in Francis Ford Coppolla’s 1988 film “Tucker: The Man and his Dream.” Another nomination followed a year later for his role as the adulterous husband in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The actor finally won the Oscar in 1994 for his turn as the aging Hollywood icon Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.” Legosi, who had become famous as Count Dracula was ill, addicted to drugs and forced to make films with director Ed Wood just to pay his bills.
“I watched about 35 Lugosi movies, including ones that were worse than anything Ed Wood ever made,” Landau recalled in 2001. “Despite the trash, he had a certain dignity about him, whatever the role.”
Landau and his wife were divorced in 1993. He is survived by their two daughters.
Rest in peace, Martin Landau!