Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Landau recently attended the Tribeca Film Festival in NY, where his upcoming movie, The Last Poker Game, was screened. He finally won Oscar gold in 1994 for his spot-on performance as the aging Bela Lugosi in the cult film Ed Wood, also winning a Golden Globe, a Saturn Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. "So I quit", Landau said.

His third nomination was for "Ed Wood", director Tim Burton's affectionate tribute to a man widely viewed as the worst Hollywood filmmaker of all time.

Landau cemented his ascent with another best supporting actor Oscar nomination for Woody Allen's 1989 morality fable Crimes and Misdemeanors, in which he played murderous opthamologist Judah Rosenthal.

"In size and dimension, it's probably the best role I've had since 'Cleopatra, ' and my 10 best scenes in "Cleopatra" weren't in the movie", he told The New York Times. "I wanted to act".

In this October 7, 2008, file photo, Tim Robbins, from left, Martin Landau and Bill Murray attend a special screening of "City of Ember" in NY. In 1955, he auditioned for Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, one of only two applicants our of over 2,000 to win acceptance that year alongside Steve McQueen.

Landau and Bain left the series in 1969 in a salary dispute. "I'm still doing it".

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Landau got his start as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His career included diverse roles in films, television and stage and was still going strong in the 2010s.

Landau was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928. The film debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Early in his career, he made an impression with a villainous turn in director Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1959 thriller "North by Northwest". In the 1970s, he and his then wife, Barbara Bain, starred in the British science-fiction series "Space: 1999".

Landau was married for almost 40 years to actress Barbara Bain, though the two split in 1993.

No one had directed him in several decades, he said, adding that he brought his ideas to a role. "I think he thought I was going to be an usher". They don't say anything.

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