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Martin Landau Died at the age of 89

Martin Landau Died at the age of 89

Landau died Saturday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center after a short hospitalization, his publicist said. Arquette recalled working with the star on cult movie Ed Wood, calling her time with him "a joy", adding, "What a talented, sweet generous actor", while Matlin shared: "So sad to read about the passing of Martin Landau".

Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Landau started out as a newspaper cartoonist before joining Hollywood in the '50s.

Although well-reviewed, "Ed Wood" was not a commercial success, and Landau never fully capitalized on his renewed celebrity. "I didn't have to drive a cab", he told The Boston Globe in 1989.

His career spanned six decades, but he was best known for playing master of disguise Rollin Hand in the 1960s television series, 'Mission:Impossible'. "To this day, I can still hear my mother's voice saying, 'You did what?!'"

Landau had small roles in movie epics such as "Cleopatra" (1963) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) while pursuing a prolific TV career. The TV show also starred Landau's wife, Barbara Bain.

He said: "Everything that has happened to me is of value to me".

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He was Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's first pick to portray pointy-eared Mr Spock.

In Middle of the Night, "I played a very macho guy, 180 degrees from Leonard, who I chose to play as a homosexual - very subtly - because he wanted to get rid of Eva Marie Saint with such a vengeance", he recalled in a 2012 interview. "I think he thought I was going to be an usher". In 1955, he auditioned for Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, one of only two applicants our of over 2,000 to win acceptance that year alongside Steve McQueen.

"Ed Wood", starring Martin Landau and Johnny Depp.

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.

During the 1970s, the couple moved to England to get work and landed the lead roles in "Space: 1999", an adventure drama about a moon-base crew who get into strife when an explosion sends the moon out of Earth's orbit and into deep space. He is survived by his daughters Susie and Juliet from his marriage to Bain, sister Elinor, granddaughter Aria and godson Dylan.