LOS ANGELES – Martin Landau, a chameleon-like actor who gained celebrity as a cunning master of costume in a 1960s TV uncover “Mission: Impossible,” afterwards capped a prolonged and versatile career with an Oscar for his touching description of aging fear film star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s “Ed Wood,” has died. He was 89.
Landau died Saturday of astonishing complications during a brief stay during UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.
“Mission: Impossible,” that also starred Landau’s wife, Barbara Bain, became an evident strike on a entrance in 1966. It remained on a atmosphere until 1973, though Landau and Bain left during a finish of a show’s third deteriorate amid a financial brawl with a producers. They starred in a British-made sci-fi array “Space: 1999” from 1975 to 1977.
Landau competence have been a luminary though for a purpose he didn’t play – a pointy-eared starship Enterprise scholarship officer, Mr. Spock. “Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry had offering him a half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to absolved his life of all emotion. Landau incited it down.
“A impression though emotions would have driven me crazy; we would have had to be lobotomized,” he explained in 2001. Instead, he chose “Mission: Impossible,” and Leonard Nimoy went on to secure celebrity as Spock.
Ironically, Nimoy transposed Landau on “Mission: Impossible.”
After a brief though considerable Broadway career, Landau had done an portentous film entrance in a late 1950s, personification a infantryman in “Pork Chop Hill” and a knave in a Alfred Hitchcock classical “North By Northwest.”
He enjoyed distant reduction success after “Mission: Impossible,” however, anticipating he had been typecast as Rollin Hand, a top-secret goal team’s costume wizard. His film career languished for some-more than a decade, reaching a underside with his coming in a 1981 TV film “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.”
He began to find emancipation with a sensitive purpose in “Tucker: The Man and his Dream,” a 1988 Francis Ford Coppola film that garnered Landau his initial Oscar nomination.
He was nominated again a subsequent year for his spin as a unfaithful father in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanours.”
His third assignment was for “Ed Wood,” executive Tim Burton’s sexual reverence to a male widely noticed as a misfortune Hollywood filmmaker of all time.
“There was a 10-year duration when all we did was bad. I’d like to go behind and spin all those films into guitar picks,” Landau pronounced after usurpation his Oscar.
In “Ed Wood,” he portrayed Lugosi during his final years, when a Hungarian-born actor who had turn famous as Count Dracula was ill, dependant to drugs and forced to make films with Ed Wood usually to compensate his bills. A means impersonate lerned in process acting, Landau had entirely researched a role.
“I watched about 35 Lugosi movies, including ones that were worse than anything Ed Wood ever made,” he removed in 2001. “Despite a trash, he had a certain grace about him, whatever a role.”
So did a New York-born Landau, who had complicated sketch during a Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and worked for a time as a New York Daily News cartoonist before switching careers during age 22.
He had dabbled in behaving before a switch, creation his entertainment entrance in 1951 during a Maine summer entertainment in “Detective Story” and off-Broadway in “First Love.”
In 1955, he was among hundreds who practical to investigate during a prestigious Actors Studio and one of usually dual selected. The other was Steve McQueen.
On Broadway, Landau won regard for his work in “Middle of a Night,” that starred Edward G. Robinson. He toured with a play until it reached Los Angeles, where he began his film career.
Landau and Bain had dual daughters, Susan and Juliet. They divorced in 1993.