After what seems like a terrible few weeks of Hollywood stars passing away, sadly, another legendary actor has died. Fans were devasted to learn that Martin Landau has passed away.
According to ABC News, after a short stay at the UCLA Medical Center, Landau died on Saturday after "unexpected complications". He was 89-years-old.
The Oscar-winning actor is well known for his role on the 1960's hit T.V. series "Mission: Impossible" where he starred along side his wife, Barbara Bain. He is also remembered for his Oscar-winning role on "Ed Wood" and in the Alfred Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest".
Landau got his start in acting in the 1950's after he left his job as a newspaper cartoonist. He also turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the Star Trek series, which went to Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy then later replaced Landau on "Mission: Impossible" after the cancellation of Star Trek.
Landau's impressive past includes being an "admired acting teacher" to Jack Nicholson, best friends with James Dean, and was a boyfriend to Marilyn Monroe in the 1950's. In 1988, he shared his dating experience with Monroe with the New York Times stating:
“She could be wonderful, but she was incredibly insecure, to the point she could drive you crazy,”
Landau worked until his death and appeared in almost 200 films and television shows, according to TMZ. He will be dearly missed and his impact on Hollywood will not be forgotten.
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Please join us in praying for his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Thank you!