Screen actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89. Landau passed away after “unexpected complications” after a brief stay at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Landau’s career started in the 1950s after landing a high-profile role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959. Subsequent parts included a run in television series Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999. He received a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1988, and then a second Oscar nomination for his appearance in Crimes and Misdemeanors the following year. His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994) finally earned him the Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award.
He also appeared in such titles as Cleopatra, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Decision at Midnight, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Alone in the Dark, Empire State, Paint it Black, City Hall, The X-Files: Fight the Future, Rounders, EDtv, Sleepy Hollow, The Majestic, City of Ember and Frankenweenie among many others.
He headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death. He is survived by his daughters Susan Bain Landau and Finch