Martin Landau, oscar-winning actor, died Saturday at the age of 89. He appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows in his career. His passing drew many tributes.
Condolences to the family of Martin Landau.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 17, 2017
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.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) July 17, 2017
Martin Landau’s nuanced performances in countless classic films and shows is often what made them great. Rest in peace Marty, 1928-2017. pic.twitter.com/qhDzMjrYik
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) July 17, 2017
Landau’s career spanned a variety of roles, as he appeared in series as diverse as 1960s drama Mission: Impossible and science fiction crime show The X-Files.
He won an Oscar in 1994 for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood.
Landau’s career was full of ups and downs.
“There was a 10-year period when everything I did was bad. I’d like to go back and turn all those films into guitar picks,“ Landau said after accepting his Oscar in 1995.
Born in Brooklyn, got married to Barbara Bain in 1957. They appeared together on Mission: Impossible for three seasons in the 1960s, then left the show together after a contract dispute. They divorced in 1993. Bain, 85, survives Landau, as do the couple’s two daughters.
Landau started out as a cartoonist with the New York Daily News. After five years with the newspaper, he left to focus on acting.
Landau said the early years of his acting career were a time of disappointment, dissatisfaction and persistence.
“There was a lot of pain, a lot of angst. I felt like the pinch hitter, who had all the equipment, a great bat, and the manager just kept skipping me. Or I was getting up to bat and no one was pitching to me,” he told The New Yorker in 1995.
“And I just said to myself, ‘One day I’m going to get up to bat and I’m gonna hit a home run.’ It’s as simple as that,” firmly said Landau.