R.I.P Martin Landau : We will miss you
Martin Landau is no more with us. A talented and prolific character actor who achieved TV stardom in “Mission: Impossible” and won an Oscar for his portrayal of a washed-up Bela Lugosi in the sweetly bizarre 1994 film “Ed Wood,” has died at age 89.
This sudden news has indeed shocked everyone. According to reports, Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from unexpected complications during a short hospitalization for an undisclosed illness.
Martin Landau and his brilliant career
Well, actor has gone through a lot of ups and downs during his career.He delivered acclaimed performances in movies by top directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Tim Burton, was nominated three times for Oscars, and co-starred in the spy series “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s alongside then-wife Barbara Bain.
But during career doldrums, the New York-born Landau languished in third-rate projects such as the laughable 1981 TV movie “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island” and the dispensable 1983 mutant monster movie “The Being.”
Landau was named best supporting actor for his portrayal in “Ed Wood” of the fading, morphine-addicted Hungarian horrormeister Lugosi, star of “Dracula.”
The quirky cast in Burton’s homage to fabled bad-movie director Wood included Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker and wrestler George “The Animal” Steele.
Most beautiful reaction that was captured
After winning the Oscar in March 1995, Landau gushed: “My God! What a night. What a life. What a moment. What everything!” The tall, lanky Landau also was nominated for Oscars as best supporting actor for his role as a visionary carmaker’s partner in Coppola’s 1988 “Tucker:
The Man and His Dream” – the role that revived his career – and as a man who kills his mistress in Allen’s 1989 “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Landau was friends in the 1950s with screen legends James Dean and Steve McQueen and studied under famed “method acting” proponent Lee Strasberg. His career included diverse roles in films, television and stage and was still going strong in the 2010s.
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