Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, mostly known for films like ‘North by Northwest‘, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors‘ and ‘Ed Wood‘, passed away at the age of 89.
According to his publicist, “Landau lost his life on July 15. He had been hospitalised at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he experienced complications.”
The veteran of the Actors Studio, for which Martin was West Coast co-artistic director, had many ups and downs in his career.
The five times Emmy-nominated actor mostly got leading man roles on the small screen, most notably as Rollin Hand, a master of disguise on “Mission: Impossible”.
He also starred in sci-fi series ‘Space: 1999’, in which he co-starred with then-wife Barbara Bain.
In the late 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola cast him in “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”, which brought Landau the first of his three Oscar supporting actor nominations.
His film debut came in a small role in “Pork Chop Hill” in 1959, followed by a larger role in ‘The Gazebo’.
Landau is survived by two daughters, writer-producer-casting director Susan Landau Finch and actress Juliet Landau, a sister and a granddaughter.