Vet­eran ac­tor won Os­car for ‘ Ed Wood’ role

MARTIN LAN­DAU: 1928- 2017

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Lorena Blas

Martin Lan­dau, who won an Os­car for play­ing Bela Lu­gosi in Tim Bur­ton’s 1994 film Ed Wood, died Satur­day at 89.

His pub­li­cists Dick Guttman and Rona Me­nashe con­firmed his death to USA TO­DAY. They said in a state­ment that the vet­eran ac­tor, who also was nom­i­nated for Acad­emy Awards for his roles in Crimes and Mis­de­meanors and Tucker: The Man and His Dream, died at UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les, “where he suc- cumbed to un­ex­pected com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing a short hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.”

Lan­dau was the master of dis­guise in his role as Rollin Hand in the TV ver­sion of Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble, dur­ing his three sea­sons on the show start­ing in 1966.

He also gained some mea­sure of fame among Star Trek fans for a role he didn’t play, pointy- eared star­ship En­ter­prise science of­fi­cer, Mr. Spock. Star Trek cre­ator Gene Ro­den­berry had of­fered him the role, but Lan­dau turned it down.

Lan­dau con­tin­ued work­ing un­til the end. He at­tended Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val in New York last spring, where his up­com­ing movie with Paul Sorvino, The Last Poker Game, was screened.

Among his other re­cent cred­its: Re­mem­ber ( 2015) with Christopher Plum­mer; The Red Maple Leaf ( 2016) with Kris Kristof­fer­son and James Caan; and Lovely, Still ( 2010) with Ellen Burstyn.

His early film roles in­cluded parts in North by North­west ( 1959), Cleopa­tra ( 1963) and Pork Chop Hill ( 1959).

In ad­di­tion to Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble, his tele­vi­sion cred­its in­clude Without A Trace, Space: 1999 and En­tourage.

He re­mained ac­tive in the act­ing com­mu­nity un­til his death and was artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Ac­tor’s Stu­dio, a post he shared with di­rec­tor Mark Ry­dell and, pre­vi­ously, Syd­ney Pol­lack.

As the news spread, celebri­ties paid trib­ute to Lan­dau’s tremen­dous ca­reer on so­cial me­dia.

“A great tal­ent with a kind heart; al­ways so warm to me,” fel­low Os­car win­ner Mar­lee Maitlin tweeted. “I will miss you.”

“The ladies al­ways loved Martin Lan­dau. And with good rea­son,” ac­tress Dana De­lany wrote. “A full life.”



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