Martin Landau dies at 89

Oscar winner suffered 'unexpected complications during a short hospitalisation'

by Amber Wilkinson

Atom Egoyan's Remember: Zev (Christopher Plummer) with Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau)
Atom Egoyan's Remember: Zev (Christopher Plummer) with Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau)

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died, aged 89.

His publicist said the star had passed away in Los Angeles on Saturday following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalisation".

Landau, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Crimes And Misdemeanours and went on to win one for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, was also known for his roles as Rollin Hand in the long-running TV series Mission: Impossible.

He began his career as a cartoonist, moving into film around five years later. His film work would go on to include films as diverse as North By North West, Cleopatra and, more recently, Atom Egoyan's Remember. In an interview with Eye For Film's Anne-Katrin Titze, Egoyan spoke about working with Landau on an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents, 30 years earlier. He said: "I was a kid at the time and it was just so thrilling to get these stories what Hitchcock was like on set from Martin who was so generous."

Landau also provided voice work for films including 9 and Frankenweenie. On working with Burton, Landau once said: It’s a fun place to work with Tim Burton and any time he’d ask me to do something I would drop what I was doing – including my pants…”

He is survived by his two daughters and a granddaughter.

Last night, stars paid tribute to the actor. Patricia Arquette wrote on Twitter: "Working with Martin Landau on Ed Wood was a joy. What a talented, sweet generous actor. #RealDeal"

Actress Marlee Matlin also paid tribute. She wrote: "So sad to read about the passing of Martin Landau. A great talent with a kind heart; always so warm to me. I will miss you. RIP."

Actor Orlando Jones posted a pictorial tribute on Twitter:

Orlando Jones' tribute to Martin Landau
Orlando Jones' tribute to Martin Landau

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