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Martin Landau

Martin Landau in 2010
Born Martin James Landau
June 20, 1928(1928-06-20)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died July 15, 2017(2017-07-15) (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Septic shock caused by internal hemorrhage and heart disease
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956 – 2017
Spouse Barbara Bain
(1957 – 1993; divorced)
Children 2 daughters

Martin James Landau (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017) was an American actor. Landau won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood directed by Tim Burton.


Martin Landau was of Jewish descent.[1] When Landau was a teenager, he was hired by The New York Daily News as a cartoonist.[2]

Landau started acting in small roles in films and television shows such as The Goldbergs (1953) and Armstrong Circle Theatre (1956). His first major role was in the Alfred Hitchcock movie North by Northwest (1959) with Cary Grant. In 1966 he got the role of master of disguise Rollin Hand in the TV series Mission Impossible, along with his wife, Barbara Bain. He played that role for three years and earned a Golden Globe Award in 1968.

In 1975, Landau was hired for the British sci fi TV series Space: 1999, where he played Commander John Koenig. Barbara Bain was also in that series. Then Landau starred in movies such as Meteor (1979) with Sean Connery and The Fall of the House of Usher (1979) where he played Roderick Usher. In 1982 he returned to play an unbalanced character in Alone in the Dark, directed by Jack Sholder and starring Jack Palance and Donald Pleasence. In 1988, Landau was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and then Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) by Woody Allen.

He also won a Golden Globe for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. In 1994, Martin Landau got a role in Ed Wood with Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. In that movie, he played Bela Lugosi. He won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1995 for that.

Landau appeared in TV series In Plain Sight (2009), The Simpsons (2011) and in the movies Ivory (2010) and Mysteria (2011).


Landau died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on July 15, 2017 at the age of 89.[3] The cause of death was hypovolemia shock caused by atherosclerosis and abdominal bleeding.[4]


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