Martin Landau Cause of Death: How Did The Oscar-Winning Actor Die?

Marsha Scott
July 18, 2017

Other movies he was known for are Coppola's Tucker: The Man and his Dream and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanours, both films earning him an Oscar nomination. Since then, Landau had appeared in several films including The X-Files film, Sleepy Hollow and Hollywood Homicide, as well as shows like Without a Trace and Entourage.

In the same interview, the alumnus of the prestigious Actors Studio told an NPR listener that he had never had much trouble learning lines because "I think of them as thoughts and ideas" that the character wants to express. It was the antithesis of why I became an actor'.

But as accomplished and talented as he was, Landau wasn't afraid to poke fun at himself and Hollywood.

After a number of small and featured roles in films including "North by Northwest" and "Cleopatra", Landau landed the role of Rollin Hand in the TV series "Mission: Impossible". A gifted mimic trained in method acting, Landau had thoroughly researched the role.

He finally took home the statuette in 1994 thanks to his performance as ageing horror movie actor Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.

Born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, Landau first worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News but later turned down a promotion and then quit in his mid-20s to pursue acting.

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He would go on to star in another enormously popular, franchise-spawning television series, Mission: Impossible, for three years.

Martin Landau, a celebrated actor with dozens of movie and TV credits to his name, including the "Mission: Impossible" television series, has died at age 89, Fox News has confirmed.

He had the goods: Landau was the other guy accepted to Lee Strasberg's legendary Actor's Studio alongside Steve McQueen in 1955; it was there that he met his future wife and co-star, Barbara Bain. One of his early break-out roles came with an appearance in North By Northwest, which was directed by the iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in 1959.

In 1994, he played actor Bela Lugosi in his final years. After years of forgettable walk-on parts, writers were tailoring roles for him.

He is survived by his daughters Susie Landau Finch and Juliet Landau, and a granddaughter. "[Strasberg taught me that] a certain actor's arrogance is needed", Landau said in 2016. Or I was getting up to bat and no one was pitching to me.

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