Next up: RIP Martin Landau (North by Northwest, Mission: Impossible, Ed Wood)

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Martin Landau died yesterday at the age of 89 yesterday after a brief hospitalization.

Born in Brooklyn, one of his first jobs was as a full-time cartoonist for the Daily News. Influenced by Charlie Chaplin, Landau began an acting career on Broadway. His first major film appearance was Hitchcock's North by Northwest. He later had featured roles in the epics Cleopatra and The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Landau joined the cast of Mission: Impossible as a master of disguise, requiring him to perform a variety of accents and characters. He later joined the cast of Space: 1999.

In the late 80's Landau had a career comeback, earning an Academy award nomination for his role in Tucker: A Man and His Dream, and another for Crimes and Misdemeanors. He won an Oscar a few years later for his acclaimed role as Bela Legosi in Ed Wood.

Landau had been married to Mission: Impossible co-star Barbara Bain. They were married from 1957 until their divorce in 1993. They have two daughters.

Jul 17, 2017 1:18 AM
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MKS
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Damn. Today is rough.
Jul 17, 2017 1:29 AM
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I guess 89 is a good long life. Having said that, it is a big loss and we'll miss him.

Rest in peace.
Jul 17, 2017 1:38 AM
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Loved him in Ed Wood, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and also in Mission: Impossible and North By Northwest. Plus Rounders.
Jul 17, 2017 5:53 AM
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Goodbye, Commander Koenig. Everyone gave two fucks about you.
Jul 17, 2017 9:26 AM
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R.I.P. His performance as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood is my favorite performance of all time.
Jul 17, 2017 1:03 PM
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I didn't think I could, but I think I actually appreciate Landau's Legosi more now knowing that he filmed it during a divorce.
Jul 17, 2017 6:44 PM
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Mr.Landau your mission if you choose to accept it is to rest in peace. ?
Jul 18, 2017 2:40 AM
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I hate to say that I'm not as familiar with his filmography as most people here. I've only seen 8 of his films, most of which with brief roles from him. However, I saw a little film recently called Remember, with Christopher Plummer, and he was pretty good. It was more of a Plummer vehicle, but Landau's character pretty much drives the plot. RIP
Jul 18, 2017 2:58 PM
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