Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau died Saturday at the age of 89 from “unexpected complications” at The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, reports TMZ.
Landau was known for starring in the 1960s series “Mission Impossible” and has over 175 media credits on IMDB. Landau’s film career picked up in the late ’80s when he netted back-to-back best supporting actor nominations for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man And His Dream” (1988) and Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989).
He won an Academy Award for his supporting role in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” (1994) opposite Johnny Depp.
He had a tendency to teach younger actors on and off the screen but never more than in the film “Rounders” (1998), where he played a law professor and mentor to the film’s main protagonist, Matt Damon. One scene stands alone when he described his character’s past and his calling to be an attorney instead of a Rabbi, saying, “Our destiny chooses us.”
Landau was a cartoonist in the 1950s before going on to become a Hollywood powerhouse and one of the most well respected actors of our time.
He is survived by his ex-wife Barbara Bain and their two daughters.
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