Iconic actor Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89. His rep confirmed that he died on Saturday of “unexpected complications” after a brief hospital stay.
Mr. Landau’s career started in the 1950’s and continued with numerous guest appearances on television shows, including The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Columbo. But it was Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest that shot him to fame. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered to be one of the greatest mystery genre films ever made.
He went on to star in Mission: Impossible from 1966-1969, playing the role of “The Man Of A Million Faces,” Rollin Hand. Mr. Landau was nominated for several Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He would star in another television series from 1975-1977 as Commander John Koenig in Space: 1999, which was canceled after just two seasons. Mr. Landau would go on to earn another Academy Award nomination for his role as Abe in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1988. The very next year came a second nomination, for 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors.
One of the actor’s most iconic film roles was playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994). The performance was met with critical acclaim and won Mr. Landau the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His win also marked a historical Academy Award moment as he pounded his fists on the podium and yelled “NO!” when the orchestra started to cut his speech short, not allowing him to dedicate the award to Lugosi. He also received a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Saturn Award for the role.
Starring on Without a Trace from 2002–2009, Mr. Landau portrayed the father of FBI Agent Jack Malone, which earned him an Emmy nomination. In 2006, his guest appearance on Entourage earned him a second Emmy nomination. He has also worked with Actors Studio West as a director and teacher.
Martin Landau’s influence in the film industry is vast, inspiring countless actors and directors. His talent and hard work is most certainly appreciated and will be missed.