Martin Landau: Goodbye
He became known to most Americans through his role of Rollin Hand the smooth conniver of the Mission Impossible TV show team of the 1960’s. And he was pretty smooth, enough to marry his sweetheart and many times co-star Barbara Bain.
He was one of a dwindling class of New York actors that came up in and on the city’s stages in the late 1940’s. Landau also ended up as many NY actors of the day on the tv network programs that were produced live and aired nationwide. Appearing with actors such as Steve McQueen, Lee Strasberg, Cary Grant, Edward G Robinson and others. In addition to early appearances on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse and the Kraft Theater, Landau appeared in a wide score of films playing a full variety of characters over his life.
Though most professional critics point to his role in Ed Wood, not being a pro-critic while I enjoyed all of Landau’s roles and what he brought to them I think my favorite is as the knowledgeable but tainted businessman “Abe” in ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream that was in theaters in 1988.
Martin Landau was the kind of character actor that brought character to the role, sometimes you’d have to look twice or three times to be sure it was him. Not because of some fantastic makeup artistry, but because the character the man created had so completely covered over the man.
Landau had been hospitalized the past few days at UCLA and died yesterday after experiencing complications according to his publicist. He was 89
Thank you for the memories, God Speed Martin Landau