Martin Landau, “Ed Wood” Oscar Winner, Dead At 89

Martin Landau died Saturday at the UCLA Medical Center after a brief hospital stay.  He was 89.  The legendary actor began his career at the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator at 17 years old.  He quit The News when he was 22 to pursue his acting career, which launched with his 1957 Broadway debut of “Middle of the Night.”  Landau made his film debut in 1959 in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” in which he played Leonard, the assistant to a criminal mastermind.  Over his award-winning career, Landau starred in “Cleopatra,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and “Nevada Smith” before going to the small screen for the “Mission: Impossible” TV series.  In his three-season run as Rollin Hand, Landau was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe in 1968.


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