MARTIN LAN­DAU

1928-2017

Toronto Star - - FRONT PAGE - DAISY NGUYEN THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Os­car-win­ning ac­tor’s ca­reer spanned 7 decades on TV, stage and film,

LOS AN­GE­LES— Martin Lan­dau, the chameleon-like ac­tor who gained fame as the crafty mas­ter of dis­guise in the 1960s TV show Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble, then capped a long and ver­sa­tile ca­reer with an Os­car for his poignant por­trayal of ag­ing hor­ror movie star Bela Lu­gosi in 1994’s Ed Wood, has died. He was 89.

Lan­dau died Satur­day of un­ex­pected com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing a short stay at UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter, his pub­li­cist Dick Guttman said.

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble, which also starred Lan­dau’s wife, Bar­bara Bain, be­came an im­me­di­ate hit upon its de­but in 1966. It re­mained on the air un­til 1973, but Lan­dau and Bain left at the end of the show’s third sea­son amid a fi­nan­cial dis­pute with the pro­duc­ers.

They starred in the Bri­tish-made sci-fi se­ries Space: 1999 from 1975 to 1977.

Af­ter a brief but im­pres­sive Broad­way ca­reer, Lan­dau had made an aus­pi­cious film de­but in the late 1950s, play­ing a sol­dier in Pork Chop Hill and a vil­lain in the Al­fred Hitch­cock classic North By North­west.

He en­joyed far less suc­cess af­ter Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble, how­ever, finding he had been type­cast as Rollin Hand, the top-se­cret mis­sion team’s dis­guise wiz­ard.

His film ca­reer lan­guished for more than a decade, reach­ing its nadir with his ap­pear­ance in the 1981 TV movie The Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters on Gil­li­gan’s Is­land.

He be­gan to find redemp­tion with a sym­pa­thetic role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream, the 1988 Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola film that gar­nered Lan­dau his first Os­car nom­i­na­tion.

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble ac­tor Martin Lan­dau, who has been in more than 90 films, died Satur­day.

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