Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor, dies aged 89

Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

Just hours after the death of George A. Romero was announced, the news broke that Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau had died in hospital in Los Angeles.

Martin won the Academy Award back in 1994 for his work as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Landau won the supporting actor Oscar.

Landau was a highly decorated actor with three Golden Globe Awards and one Oscar to his name.

The tall, lanky Landau also was nominated for Oscars as best supporting actor for his role as a visionary auto maker's partner in Coppola's 1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream - the role that revived his career - and as a man who kills his mistress in Allen's 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Donations may be made to Actors Studio West, Attn: Helen Sanders, 8341 DeLongpre Ave., West Hollywood, Calif. 90069.

Throughout his career, Landau worked with legendary directors ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Francis Ford Coppola - but the actor was insistent that the responsibility for a performance falls first and foremost on the actor giving that performance.

But as accomplished and talented as he was, Landau wasn't afraid to poke fun at himself and Hollywood. The show became a hit and Landau agreed to continue the series on a year-by-year basis so as not to interfere with his film career.

Landau - victor of an Academy Award for his role in the 1994 film "Ed Wood" - rose to fame playing a killer in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1959 tale of intrigue, "North by Northwest". On the big screen, he appeared in the likes of Cleopatra, The Call Me Mr. Tibbs!, Rounders, Sleepy Hollow, The Majestic and Frankenweenie. He appears in the upcoming film The Last Poker Game with Paul Sorvino, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

The actor spent five years as a newspaper cartoonist in his native NY before deciding to focus on acting; As Landau often stated, he and Steve McQueen were notably the only two applicants accepted into the Actors Studio in 1955. The couple divorced in 1993. "Trust has to be attained", Landau said. He was also in Hitchcock's North by Northwest as Leonard.

Landau's career picked up when he got a recurring role on the NBC comedy "Buffalo Bill", in which Dabney Coleman starred.

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