Celebrated actor Martin Landau, an Oscar victor and longtime television star, has died, his publicist announced Sunday.
Landau, died after unexpected complications during a stay at the UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.
But he was probably best known for his three-season run as spy agent Rollin Hand in TV's Mission: Impossible, from 1966-1969. This role garnered him his first acting awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 1967. Landau became close friends with James Dean, a fellow Actors Studio member, and dated Marilyn Monroe.
"It was quite a big risk in cinema at the time", Landau told the London Daily Telegraph in 2012. The very next year came a second nomination, for 1989's Crimes and Misdemeanors. Landau won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. But you didn't necessarily have to take the lessons to learn from him; merely watching him onscreen was a master class in how to work with whatever you're given.
Landau's career spanned over 60 years with many different types of characters over the years.
Landau, who has also taught acting to such luminaries as Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"Working with Martin Landau on Ed Wood was a joy", she added. "I think he just could relate to it, and had been through enough ups and downs to understand Bela Lugosi", the Turner Classic Movies website quoted Burton as saying about Landau.
Landau recently attended the Tribeca Film Festival in NY, where his upcoming movie, The Last Poker Game, was screened.
Back on TV, Landau earned Emmy nominations for two recurring roles: as Anthony LaPaglia's Alzheimer's-afflicted father on Without a Trace and for Bob Ryan, a Robert Evans-like movie producer seeking a comeback, on Entourage. "Subliminally, I had always wanted to act". That role helped make him famous and propelled him to a career that includes roles in Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told and They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
Landau also is remembered for a role he did not get.