Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

The Brooklyn-born actor died in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to his agent, who confirmed his passing to Entertainment Weekly on Sunday evening.

Though Martin Landau was a two-time Oscar nominee when Tim Burton tabbed him to play Bela Legosi in 1994's Ed Wood, he identified with the Hungarian horror has-been and the deliciously very bad 1950s director.

After Mission: Impossible, Landau's work in TV subsumed his burgeoning film career for a while. Landau won the supporting actor Oscar.

Thanks to Tucker, Landau was soon cast by Woody Allen to play one of the leads in the director's 1989 masterpiece Crimes and Misdemeanors, with Landau again nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role.

He was married to his Mission: Impossible co-star Barbara Bain from 1957 until their divorce in 1993.

He primarily worked in theater and as an acting teacher before his career was revived by the 1988 Francis Ford Coppola film Tucker: The Man and His Dream, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and his first Oscar nomination.

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One of the iconic actors who helped make the original Mission Impossible so good, Martin Landau, has died at age 89. "He had more success in television, where he appeared in numerous guest roles on popular shows such as "Gunsmoke",'The Twilight Zone" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour". Landau was also a friend of James Dean and a one-time boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

During the 1960s, he had character roles in "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Nevada Smith" and "The Hallelujah Trail".

In a 2016 interview with The Washington Times, Landau explained what he thought of acting in the 21st century. He claimed that he and Steve McQueen were the only two among 2,000 applicants whose auditions gained them admittance to the Actors Studio (of which Landau later became an officer).

He'd done some television before, and shot a small part in Lewis Milestone's Korean War picture Pork Chop Hill, but the Hitchcock film made people take notice; after that, he booked gig after gig.

Landau, who was born in NY, also starred in the British series Space: 1999 alongside his then wife, Barbara Bain.

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