'Mission: Impossible' actor Martin Landau has died, aged 89

Martin Landau

Stars pay tribute to Martin Landau

The film brought him an Academy Award nomination. Martin Landau, I was just telling a story about working with you tonight at dinner!

Landau was born June 28, 1928, in Brooklyn and worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before becoming an actor, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Landau attended James Madison High School and the Pratt Institute. But he didn't see a future in that line of work. "I told the picture editor I was going into the theater", Landau recalled in 1989.

"I think he enjoyed the challenge".

He made his Broadway debut in Paddy Chayefsky's Middle of the Night alongside his idol, Robinson.

Appearing in nearly 100 series, Landau was a regular on American television for six decades and made his name as the master of disguise Rollin Hand in "Mission Impossible". Landau performed as the henchman for one of the main characters. His talent and hard work is most certainly appreciated and will be missed.

Landau's career picked up when he got a recurring role on the NBC comedy "Buffalo Bill", in which Dabney Coleman starred. Instead, however, he was stuck in roles as sinister heavies.

For years, Landau was a director of the Actors Studio's West Coast branch, where Jack Nicholson and Harry Dean Stanton were among his earliest students.

A documentary about Landau's life, entitled An Actor's Actor: The Life of Martin Landau, is now in the works.

Character actor, Martin Landau has died at the age of 89. He was married for 36 years to his "Mission: Impossible" castmate Barbara Bain.

But Landau and Bain - who divorced in 1993 after having two daughters - left the show three seasons in due to a salary dispute.

His career was salvaged by Coppola, who cast Landau as an amiable elderly businessman with a huckster streak in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988).

Martin Landau, the veteran actor who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood, has died. The role of a seemingly decent, venerable man harboring a dark secret became a Landau specialty. Or I was getting up to bat and no one was pitching to me.

In 1994, he played the dying, once-famous screen ghoul Bela Lugosi, in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood".

'I turned down Star Trek.

Landau played puppet master Geppetto in a pair of Pinocchio films and appeared in other films including Pork Chop Hill (1959), City Hall (1996), The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998), Rounders (1998), Edtv (1999), The Majestic (2001), Lovely, Still (2008) and Mysteria (2011).

"In size and dimension, it's probably the best role I've had since 'Cleopatra, ' and my 10 best scenes in "Cleopatra" weren't in the movie", he told The New York Times.

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