R.I.P. Martin Landau

Legendary American film and television actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89. Landau died of “unexpected complications” after a brief stay at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Landau began work in the field in the late 1950s with his second feature, Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” considered one of the greatest films of all time – one in which he scored a key supporting role.

He steadily worked for the next six decades and was able to jump between film and television with ease at a time when not many actors did. On film, he won an Oscar for portraying Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,” and scored Oscar nominations for his roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors”.

Other notable film roles included “Cleopatra,” “They Call Me Mister Tibbs!,” “Decision at Midnight,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Alone in the Dark,” “Empire State,” “Paint it Black,” “City Hall,” “The X-Files: Fight the Future,” “Rounders,” “EDtv,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Majestic,” “City of Ember” and “Frankenweenie”

On TV he had regular roles on the iconic “Mission: Impossible” and “Space 1999” series, and guest starred on many shows including “Columbo,” “The Outer Limits,” “Gunsmoke,” “Lawman,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Simpsons,” “Entourage,” “Bonanza,” Without a Trace” and “Spider-Man”.

Source: TMZ