Martin Landau Dead: Oscar-winning Actor Was 89
Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, most closely related to scene-stealing character turns in such films as “North by Northwest,””Criminal offenses and Misdemeanors” and “ Ed Wood “along with the traditional TELEVISION series” Objective: Difficult,” passed away Saturday in Los Angeles, inning accordance with his press agent. He had actually been hospitalized at UCLA where he experienced complications. He was 89.
The lanky, offbeat-looking veteran of the Actors Studio, for he which he was currently West Coast co-artistic director, had lots of ups and downs in his profession. His biggest successes (three Oscar elections and one win) came later in life when he went back to character functions like the one that first won him observe, as James Mason’s ominous gay henchman in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.”
He was Emmy-nominated 5 times, and the majority of his leading man functions began television, most notably as Rollin Hand, a master of camouflage on “Objective: Difficult.” He later on spent a few years starring in syndicated sci-fi series “Area: 1999,” on which, as with “Mission: Difficult,” he co-starred with then-wife Barbara Bain.After a dry
spell, his career roared back to life in the late 1980s when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in “Tucker: The Male and His Dream,” which brought Landau the very first of three supporting noms. It was, he advised one journalist, the very first time this “Jewish kid from Brooklyn” took a function that required him to play Jewish.An even more outstanding turn as a successful Jewish eye doctor haunted by a secret in Woody Allen’s drama”Crimes and Misdemeanors “brought him an Oscar election for the second year in a row.In 1994 came the part of a life time for
a character star, the dying, once-famous screen ghoul Bela Lugosi, in Tim Burton’s whacked-out “Ed Wood.”Landau won the supporting star Oscar.Landau made his very first bigscreen impression in Alfred Hitchcock’s action suspenser “North by Northwest,” playing the villain who does Mason’s dirty work. The role led to a significant supporting role in the legendary”Cleopatra,” on which Landau invested a year, just to discover the majority of his function as General Rufio on the cutting-room flooring.”Exactly what could I do?”he later regreted.”They could not cut Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor.” Throughout the 1960s he had character roles in”The Greatest Story Ever Informed,”
“Nevada Smith”and “The Hallelujah Trail. “Landau had been doing tv work since the 1950s however got busy in TELEVISION in the mid-’60s, with a number of guest looks on sci-fier”The Outer Limits” and spy skein “The Guy From U.N.C.L.E.”He was producer Gene Roddenberry’s very first choice for the function of Spock on “Star Trek,” but the function wound up going to Leonard Nimoy after Landau went with “Mission: Impossible.” (Nimoy would later on take a repeating role on “Mission: Difficult.”)On the enormously effective “Objective: Impossible,”Landau and Bain played well off one another and
with the rest of the regular ensemble, which consisted of Peter Graves. Landau stuck with the series for 3 years, through 1969, drawing Emmy nominations three years in a row. He stated his factor for leaving(and Bain’s too)was artistic differences over the general instructions of the program, though others declare salary needs were the genuine problem.However, roles in”A Town Called Hell, “”Operation Snafu “and another villain role in”They Call Me Mister Tibbs” didn’t lead to significant acclaim.Television pertained to the rescue once again with the two-year run of”Area: 1999″ in the mid-’70s. Many TV film turns reached a nadir with”The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island”in 1981. He and Bain separated, and Landau invested the ’80s in functions in primarily odd movies. He likewise worked as an acting teacher.After the successes of “Tucker,””Criminal activities and Misdemeanors” and “Ed Wood,”
Landau had a stable stream of primarily supporting work on the bigscreen from the mid -’90s through the late 2000s.
He brought poignancy to his function as a judge in” Municipal government” and played Gepetto in “The Experiences of Pinocchio. “He contributed an unforgettable rely on “The X-Files”movie in 1998, worked for Burton once again in”Drowsy Hollow “and took functions in “Rounders,” “The Majestic “and “Hollywood Murder.” He had a series of roles in small movies consisting of 2006’s “David and Fatima” and starred in 2008’s” Harrison Montgomery.”There was likewise higher-profile work: Landau starred
with Judy Parfitt in 2004 Holocaust drama “The Aryan Couple.” He likewise had a function in”
City of Ash”and did voicework for the 2009 animated function”9″ and 2012’s”Frankenweenie. “Landau provided voices for the 1997 Oscar-winning documentary” The Long Method Home”and looked like himself in the docus “Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s,
“”Cannes: Through the Eyes of the Hunter “and” Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Existed “(2003)in addition to a 2011″ American Masters” documentary on Woody Allen.He kept his hand in on the smallscreen as well, starring in the miniseries “Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story”and looking like a series routine on the brief ABC series “The Evidence.”He repeating especially on “Without a Trace” as Anthony LaPaglia’s dad with Alzheimer’s and on “Entourage “as a washed-up producer, drawing Emmy elections in 2004 and 2005 for the previous and in 2007 for the latter. Most just recently he appeared in” The Last Poker Video game”with Paul Sorvino, which evaluated at the Tribeca Movie Celebration, and in “Keep in mind “for director Atom Egoyan.Also in the 2000s, Landau worked as an acting coach in an endeavor with director Mark Rydell and screenwriter-playwriter Lyle Kessler.The Brooklynite began as a cartoonist, spending four years with the New York Daily News from 1948-51, then turned his focus on acting. He claimed that he and Steve McQueen were the only 2 among 2,000 applicants whose auditions gained them admittance to the Actors Studio (which Landau later on ended up being an officer). Landau did some phase work, most especially visiting with the Paddy Chayefsky play “Middle of the Night “in 1956-57. He married among the understudies, Bain, whom he satisfied in Curt Conway’s acting classes.His movie launching came in a bit part in”
Pork Chop Hill”in 1959, followed by a bigger function in”The Gazebo.” Then he drew attention for his function in “North by Northwest. “He is survived by 2 daughters, writer-producer-casting director Susan Landau Finch and thesp Juliet Landau of” Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame, a sis and a granddaughter.Donations may be made to Actors Studio West, Attn: Helen Sanders, 8341 DeLongpre Ave., West Hollywood, Calif. 90069.