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Tributes Pour In After Actor Martin Landau Passes Away At Age Of 89

The tributes have been pouring in since the news broke that popular actor Martin Landau passed away on Saturday at the age of 89. Best known for starring in the 1960s television show "Mission: Impossible," Landau would become familiar to a whole new generation with his work on the HBO hit series “Entourage” in his later years.

As CNN shares, Landau’s publicist, Dick Guttman, released a statement confirming the legendary actor’s passing, noting that he died following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization.” The tributes have been quick to pour in on social media, including a pair of posts from actor Alec Baldwin.

“I grew up watching and admiring MARTIN LANDAU. On my way to London to shoot MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, oddly enough,” Baldwin shared. “Rest In Peace MARTIN LANDAU. So great in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, ED WOOD. Great in everything.”

Landau entered the world on June 28, 1928 in Brooklyn. Prior to becoming an actor, he worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News. A part in the play "Middle of the Night" 1957 led the acting bug to bite him hard, and he would take his talents to the West Coast.

“Had the honor of working w/ Martin Landau on Entourage years ago. He’s the definition of what a great actor is. He’s Given masterpieces 2 us,” shared actor Jerry Ferrara.

Things really took off for Landau during his time on MI, as he was nominated for an Emmy award during each of his three seasons on the show. He would snag a Golden Globe award in 1968, but he left the show the following year due to a contract dispute. Landau would pass the time with bit parts until his career came back to life in the 1980s.

He landed a trio of memorable supporting roles in the films "Tucker," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and "Ed Wood." Landau earned Oscar nominations for all three, and he took home the big prize for his role as the aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood.

“So sad to read about the passing of Martin Landau. A great talent with a kind heart; always so warm to me. I will miss you. RIP,” shared actress Marlee Matlin.

Towards the end of his career, Landau would land another memorable role, this time on “Entourage.” He played the role Bob Ryan, an aging movie producer that dropped the signature catchphrase "would that be something you'd be interested in?" into the pop culture lexicon.

“RIP Martin Landau. 'Crimes & Misdemeanors' 1 of my all time fav performances. Such versatility in his vast work. A simply wonderful actor,” shared actor Ralph Macchio.

According to Guttman, funeral services for Landau will be private, and memorial services will be held later this year.

“The great Martin Landau has died. Long time member of the actor's studio and brilliant craftsman in our tradition. I will miss his work,” shared David Harbour.

“Crimes & Misdemeanors - these two as brothers, perfect. And the single take scene w/Angelica Huston in her apartment... RIP Martin Landau,” shared Joss Whedon.

Source: CNN, Deadline
Photos: YouTube, gdcgraphics/Flickr, GabboT/ Flickr

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