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Oscar Winning Actor Martin Landau Passes Away At Age 89

17 July 2017

Landau didn't rest on his laurels, however; he continued to create memorable characters on the big and small screens until his death on July 15 at age 89.

At age 17, the Brooklyn-born actor got his first job as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News. But he didn't see a future in that line of work. "So I quit", Landau said. I thought I was insane.

He launched his career as an artist, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), in 1957 with his Broadway debut in "Middle of the Night".

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He would follow that role with several appearances on popular television series in the late-'60s and '70s, including starring turns in both Mission: Impossible (1969) and Space: 1999 (1975), all while continuing to appear in a number of popular films. His character, a henchman who menaces star Cary Grant, meets his demise beneath the Mount Rushmore busts of US presidents. I will miss you.

It was a daring artistic choice for that era, and the actor's friends anxious that he'd be typecast in effeminate roles after that. The actor became a source of inspiration for newcomers in the entertainment industry.

Landau worked as director, teacher and executive director at the Actors Studio West. Martin Landau, in short, was everything. Landau would go on to win the Golden Globe for best supporting actor, and receive an Academy award nomination in the same category. After the show's third season he and Barbara Bain, his wife and co-star, left because of a contractual dispute.

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Survivors include his daughters Susie (a writer-producer) and Juliet (an actress-dancer) from his marriage to Bain; sons-in-law Roy and Deverill; sister Elinor; granddaughter Aria; and godson Dylan. Ed Wood also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe award. The very next year came a second nomination, for 1989's Crimes and Misdemeanors. It wasn't until Landau began collaborating with Tim Burton that he actually won an Oscar, getting the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his work as Bela Lugosi in the 1994 biopic Ed Wood.

Landau's career spanned over 60 years with many different types of characters over the years.

Patricia said in her tweet, "Working with Martin Landau on Ed Wood was a joy". He had more success in TV, playing numerous guest roles in popular shows such as Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

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Oscar Winning Actor Martin Landau Passes Away At Age 89