Martin Landau, the man who dated Marilyn Monroe, friends with James Dean and became a superb actor on the silver screen and TV series has died.
Source: Fox News
Martin Landau, a celebrated actor with dozens of movie and TV credits to his name, including the “Mission: Impossible” television series, has died at age 89, Fox News has confirmed.
Landau died around 1:30 PT on Saturday following “unexpected complications” while he was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center.
The prolific actor’s most notable credits included the “Mission: Impossible” television series, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “North by Northwest,” and his role in “Ed Wood,” for which he won an Oscar.
Landau got his start as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 17 when he began at the news outlet, and quit five years later to pursue an acting career after turning down a promotion.
He was also “an admired acting teacher,” to students like Jack Nicholson.
Landau quit “Mission: Impossible” after three seasons in 1969 due to a contract dispute, according to THR. He finally became an Academy Award winner for his role in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” in 1994 after previously losing out to Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington.
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