Legendary actor Martin Landau has passed away aged 89. The Oscar-winner died of “unexpected complications” on Saturday during a brief spell in a Los Angeles hospital. Landau’s career began in the 1950s when he landed a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. His fame began to skyrocket when he went on to score a regular part as Rollin Hand in TV series Mission: Impossible – a role that earned him a number of Emmy Award nominations as well as a Golden Globe Award in 1968.
His career roared back to life in the late 1980s when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. An even more impressive turn as a successful Jewish ophthalmologist haunted by a secret in Woody Allen’s drama Crimes and Misdemeanors brought him an Oscar nomination for the second year in a row. He eventually won an Oscar for his supporting role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s biopic Ed Wood in 1994. As well as the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, he also won a Screen Actors Guild award.
After the sad news of his death was announced, actress Patricia Arquette paid tribute to Landau as a “talented, sweet, generous” actor. “Working with Martin Landau on Ed Wood was a joy,” she added. Actor Ralph Macchio said he was a “simply wonderful” performer whose Oscar-nominated performance in Woody Allen’s Crimes And Misdemeanours is among his favourites.