Actor Martin Landau has died

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Tributes have been paid to Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau after his death at the age of 89.

Landau's most dazzling performance was as Bela Lugosi in the Tim Burton-directed pic Ed Wood, the role that landed him an Oscar win. "I was a bad guy by profession, a heavy in a certain kind of tacky movie". I will miss you. In fact, Landau beefed up the role from the way Ernest Lehman wrote it.

After a brief, but impressive Broadway career, New York-born Landau made his film debut in 1959. He attended James Madison High School and Pratt Institute, and originally planned to be an illustrator. He also had prominent roles in the first X-Files movie (as a paranoid scientist), Rounders (as a poker-playing law professor), and The Majestic (as a bereaved gold-star father who mistakes amnesiac Jim Carrey for his long-lost son).

Then he played a successful Jewish ophthalmologist haunted by a secret in Woody Allen's drama "Crimes and Misdemeanors".

During the 1960s, he had character roles in "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Nevada Smith" and "The Hallelujah Trail". He would star in another television series from 1975-1977 as Commander John Koenig in Space: 1999, which was canceled after just two seasons. Most recently, he was nominated for an Emmy in 2004 and 2005 for his part in "Without a Trace", and again in 2007 for his performance as a washed-up producer on "Entourage".

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One of those is, of course, Mission: Impossible.

Landau married Bain in 1957.

Interviewers often asked Landau to reflect on his early years as an actor. They had two daughters, Susan and Juliet, and divorced in 1993. The film starred Cary Grant as a NY adman accidentally ensnared in an worldwide spy ring.

"When I was growing up, every impressionist did awful Bela Lugosi imitations - "I want to drink your blood" - and I realized this was a field with tiger traps throughout", Landau told critic Roger Ebert, "and I had to walk carefully". With the charm and clever ability of a chameleon, Landau showed his viewers how to blend action, grace, and wit in one handsome package.