Martin Landau Was So Much More Than 'Ed Wood'

Flickr Jewish actor Martin Landau in April 2010 at TCM Classic Film Festival

Martin Landau, an Oscar victor for his supporting role in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" (1994), has died at 89, THR reports.

Landau's representative confirmed to the outlet that he died Saturday, July 15 of "unexpected complications" following a short stay at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

It was the Los Angeles run of that show that brought him to the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who gave the actor, by then 30 years old, his first film role in North By Northwest as Leonard, one of the two henchmen who pursue Cary Grant throughout the film.

Landau also had the major role of Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen's 1989 movie, "Crimes and Misdemeanors", for which he earned another Oscar nod for best supporting actor.

He is perhaps best known by modern audiences for his role as the down-on-his-luck Bela Lugosi in the black comedy Ed Wood, the Burton-directed biopic of the titular director of cult "bad" movies like Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Film fans are reeling tonight from the losses of two certified Hollywood legends: beloved horror filmmaker George A. Romero and Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau.

Landau went on to teach a number of next-generation actors the craft as a coach at the Actors Studio.

At age 17 he began a five-year stint working as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News, and then quit his job to enter the Actors Studio at age 22. He was even offered the role of Spock on Star Trek, but he turned it down because "it would've been torturous" to play the emotionless Vulcan.

Landau's film career was reignited by his Oscar-nominated performance in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988). Accolades continued to roll in during the decade of the 2000s, with Primetime Emmy nominations for guest spots in Without a Trace and Entourage. Landau won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. On the big screen, he appeared in epics like Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told and The Hallelujah Trail; on the small screen, he racked up dozens of credits in Westerns - he looked good as a gunman - but something about him lent itself to larger-than-life characters as well.

"And I just said to myself, 'One day I'm going to get up to bat and I'm gonna hit a home run.' It's as simple as that". The statement provided by his rep also noted he is survived by ex-wife Bain, to whom he was married from 1957-1993.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tekken 7's Next Add-On Character is Geese Howard
Jul 18, 2017 - 00:09
Once the grand champion of that game's tourney was crowned, Katsuhiro Harada was brought on stage to drop some exciting news. Tekken Tag Tournament's bowling hijinks will return with an upgrade known as " Ultimate Tekken Bowl ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sketch Of Killer In Delphi Murders Released By State Police
Jul 18, 2017 - 00:09
Anyone with information is asked to call the established tip line at 844-459-5786 and can remain anonymous. Police say Libby had taken cell phone video of the suspect shortly before they were killed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Monsoon session of Parliament begins
Jul 18, 2017 - 00:08
On Kashmir, the Opposition feels the government has mishandled both the internal situation and the engagement with Pakistan. He said, GST shows the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rand Paul delivers sobering update on status of Senate's Obamacare replacement bill
Jul 17, 2017 - 18:50
Two Republicans , Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME , have already said they'll vote against the measure. Cornyn also argued the current bills reported unpopularity with voters is because " all they hear is the critics".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cardinals Make List of 50 Richest Sports Franchises in the World
Jul 15, 2017 - 00:13
The Redskins come in at No. 11 this year, down from No. 8 last year, with what Forbes estimates is a value of $2.95 billion. United have moved up two places on the list after being named the fifth most valuable team a year ago .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Beyonce Shares The First Photo Of Her Twins-With Names!
Jul 15, 2017 - 00:11
Beyonce is wearing a flowing garment with a long veil in the photo and standing in front a flowered arch with the sea behind her. Beyonce's latest post comes after Jay admitted earlier this week that his marriage "wasn't totally built on 100 per cent truth".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Big names threaten Noren's defence of Scottish Open
Jul 15, 2017 - 00:11
And again, it's just putting it all together, not just for one day but for four days and to do it week-in and week-out. Harrington, 45, moved to nine under par after a second-round 68, level with Callum Shinkwin and Alexander Knappe.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China says trade with North Korea rose 10.5pc in first half
Jul 14, 2017 - 00:22
Beijing was quick to pour cold water on the suggestion that the overall rise in trade suggested it was not complying with U.N. Over the first six months of the year, steel exports fell by 28% to 41 million metric tons, a level not seen in years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top After 4 young Pennsylvania men disappear, DA suspects foul play
Jul 13, 2017 - 00:21
State police conducted a search at a home in Solebury Township Sunday evening, but they are not saying what led them to the home. The fourth person to vanish was Dean Finocchiaro , 18, who was last seen in Middletown Township around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ATF: Explosion was domestic terrorism or a terrible prank
Jul 13, 2017 - 00:20
The blast took place around 10.30pm local time (4.30pm GMT) in Bixby, which lies around 15 miles to the south of Tulsa. Investigators have reportedly indicated such a designation can not occur until a suspect or a motive becomes known.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gopal Krishna Gandhi named opposition's candidate for Vice President's election
Jul 12, 2017 - 00:11
The Opposition has chosen Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its nominee for the upcoming vice-presidential election, sources told PTI . He also served as High Commissioner to South Africa in 1996, where he earned a popular repute, as reported by the Outlook.

Martial law 'till 2022? Only speaker's opinion - Palace
Jul 11, 2017 - 00:18
Padilla said the government is ready to start the early stage of rehabilitation of the besieged city. They will assess whether or not military operations in Marawi have been effective.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top White PS4 Pro Will Launch With Destiny 2 Bundle
Jul 11, 2017 - 00:18
As the name suggests, this bundle features the more powerful Sony console coupled with a copy of Destiny 2. If you're interested in picking one up, it'll set you back $449.99 and you can pre-order one from today.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Parents still fighting for Charlie Gard's treatment
Jul 11, 2017 - 00:09
The official also said the president wants to be helpful without placing undue pressure on the family. He said seven global experts had supported the treatment the couple wanted Charlie to have.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lewis joins elite company as Windies beat India in Twenty20
Jul 10, 2017 - 00:18
Evin Lewis scored 125 against India during a T20I at Sabina Park . It is hard to switch (players in the side) for just one game. India: TV: Ten 3, Ten 1 HD, Sony Six, Sony Six HD.