Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

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Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

Martin Landau, the all-purpose actor who showcased his versatility as a master of disguise on the Mission: Impossible TV series and as a broken-down Bela Lugosi in his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood, has died. He was 89

Landau was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928. At age 17, he landed a job as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News, but he turned down a promotion and quit five years later to pursue acting.

After he quit CBS’ Mission: Impossible after three seasons in 1969 because of a contract dispute, Landau’s career was on the rocks until he was picked by Francis Ford Coppola to play Abe Karatz, the business partner of visionary automaker Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges), in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

Landau received a best supporting actor nomination for that performance, then backed it up the following year with another nom for starring as Judah Rosenthal, an ophthalmologist who has his mistress killed, in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).
 
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One of my favorite old time character actors. RIP...

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He was great as Bela Lugosi in the film about Ed Wood. RIP Mr. Landau.
 
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