Landau won an Oscar for playing horror legend Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood," and was nominated two other times, for "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors." He died July 15 from "unexpected complications" after a brief stay at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 89.
Landau is survived by daughters Susan Landau Finch and Juliet Landau (aka Drusilla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel").
Landau's career spanned Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" and CBS's "Mission: Impossible" right up to 2017 with "The Last Poker Game," which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Stars honored Landau on social media:
So sad to hear about the passing of Martin Landau. He was an incredible storyteller & so very kind to me while we shooting The Majestic. pic.twitter.com/nwyhIDJCNp
— Laurie Holden (@Laurie_Holden) July 17, 2017
Martin Landau was kind, curious, and he treated artists with respect. He was a great teacher because he sought to learn from his students
— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) July 17, 2017
What the hell? Now Martin Landau has died. Sucks. Around the time of Ed Wood I ran into him at a news stand. I asked him for his autograph. He was super super nice. Still have it. #martinlandau #space1999 #edwood #belalugosi
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) July 17, 2017
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 17, 2017
Oh no! Martin Landau, I was just telling a story about working with you tonight at dinner! I LOVE YOU!
I MISS YOU! I'm blessed that I knew U
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 17, 2017
— Michael Price (@mikepriceinla) July 17, 2017
Martin Landau was awesome. NXNW, Mission Impossible, a zillion guest roles, never giving less than 100%. THEN, Ed Wood, for God's sake!
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 17, 2017
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) July 17, 2017
Martin Landau and James Dean were best friends. Now they're reunited ???? pic.twitter.com/Dc1KZJW3Ws
— Jett Rink (@jessiekaiser) July 17, 2017
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