Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies At Age 89

The Guardian reports:

Martin Landau, the actor whose gaunt, hangdog features graced films by film-makers as varied as Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen and Tim Burton has died. He was 89, and his death was confirmed by his publicist “following a short hospitalization”.

Arguably Landau’s career high point arrived in 1995, when he won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, the Burton-directed biopic of the infamous director of Plan 9 From Outer Space and other notorious films.

Landau also earned Oscar nominations for 1987’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream and 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. Some of you probably remember him best from Mission: Impossible.

  • boobert

    When I think of Mission Impossible, I can’t help but think of Peter Lupus and his big schlong!

    • Natty Enquirer

      That explains it. He certainly couldn’t act.

    • Dazzer

      I met Peter Lupus when he was filming something in Paris. I never got to see his schlong free and released, but he was wearing tight trousers that would have made Speedos look modest. All I can say is My God, that man was packing some serious inches. It was a real problem talking to him because he’s say something and all the time your eyes were being drawn to his crotch.

      Luckily, I was very young when I was interviewing him so I was able to pass it off as being bashful at talking to such a big-named actor. He was a really nice guy, so I was really embarrassed when I kept on looking at his crotch while he was being professional on a press junket.

      • boobert

        I had his issue of playgirl under my mattress for a long time.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Brings a different meaning to the word “junket.”

    • Bad Tom

      Wow. An aspect of Mission Impossible I never imagined. Of course, I was a wee gayling at the time.
      Um. I’ll be in my bunk.
      Charge: Leaking Wonkette all over the place.
      Plea: Guilty as fuck.

    • Lupus has been a member of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer posse in Arizona.

      • Oh’behr in Minnesota

        That is an interesting aspect of his life.

  • Lazycrockett

    I was too young for Mission Impossible but that theme is one of the best out there.

  • SoCalGal20

    Posting this over here. I didn’t know that.


    • Pat

      Wow, cool!

    • houstonray

      Now I did not know that. Very neat. And he was a handsome young man.

    • FAEN


    • Daveed_WOW

      What a dreamboat.

  • Pat

    He was one of those actors who seemed to be in everything and was good in everything he acted in. His performance in Crimes and Misdemeanors was brilliant. Chilling, but brilliant.

  • houstonray

    While I enjoyed Mission Impossible on occasion, it was Space: 1999 that did it for me (where he starred alongside his real life wife at the time, Barbara Bain). Sure it was not so scientifically accurate (in retrospect) but being a nerd from way back, I loved it. To me, he will forever be Commander Koenig of Moonbase Alpha. RIP Martin.


  • Nychta

    I remember him from Mission Impossible.

  • FAEN

    First time I saw him I was a wee child watching ‘Space 1999’.


    Rest now Martin.

  • bkmn

    I learned of him from Mission Impossible, but really became a fan of him and Bain during Space:1999. RIP sir.

  • SoCalGal20

    I said it over on the other thread but I’m so glad he won the Oscar for “Ed Wood”. He was so great in that movie.

    • FAEN

      I have to watch that. On my ever expanding list.

      • Dazzer

        It’s one of my favourite films ever.

        I was working for a TV company when it came out. I managed to get hold of a video of the film, which I duly copied on professional-version VT copiers so I could give copies of it to my co-workers.

        It got me my first – and only – official warning from my boss’s boss about getting fired.

        But it was soooooooooooooo worth it. It’s an absolutely brilliant film. Johnny Depp has never been funnier and Sarah Jessica Parker is a continual delight. And I don’t have the words for how brilliant Martin Landau was.

        Definitely see it. It’s a gem from beginning to end.

        • FAEN

          After that glowing recommendation how could I not 😊.

        • Lazycrockett

          I consider it Burton’s best.

          • Dazzer

            Me too. And love Tim Burton’s films. But this was his best.

        • Bad Tom

          Excellent, hysterically funny, and poignant as well.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Don’t hesitate. Tim Burton’s masterpiece.

        • perversatile

          I have two words, ”Limey Cocksucker”

          • JT

            Does lime juice intensify the experience?

          • perversatile

            You’ve obviously never seen my cousin Sherrell
            with a pitcher of caipirinhas and a bendy-straw.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He made the film watchable. (Not a Depp fan here.)

    • perversatile

      BAPS (1997) Martin Landau Discovers His Inner Fierceness.
      This is actually a really sweet funny stupid movie. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c708b69e082a5a4fd030c76976d2b186b03e30d2612883201f4fb7fb84426166.png

    • Niblet58

      A gorgeous film all the way around. We don’t watch it too often but when we do we always see something new.

  • Nychta

    Too much death today. Luminaries bite the dust and nobodies remain.

    • SoCalGal20

      So wrong that people like Pat Robertson just go on and on.

      • Nychta

        “Only the good die young.” The evil persists. Jesse Helms seemed to have lived for a hundred years. I don’t get it.

        • Daveed_WOW

          They eat souls.

  • bambinoitaliano

      OMG! Memories, I have a Beagle/ Australian Shepherd mix who looked exactly like that as a puppy!

    • jmax

      Puppy Chow!

    • JCF

      It’s never NOT time for puppies! <3

    • Ernest Endevor

      That is NOT how we feed our puppies. (But cute baby)

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Daveed_WOW

      3) That red floral dress that Eva Marie Saint wore at the Ambassador East.

      • Ernest Endevor

        See now, I think that’s one of the great costumes. The hubby despises it. I especially like the thin circlet of rubies around EM Saint’s throat. Like blood. Oh wait, does that mean I’m gay?

        • Daveed_WOW

          Either gay or a princess.

      • perversatile

        This kid with his fingers in his ears

        • Oh’behr in Minnesota

          That was great. I never noticed it in the film.

    • FAEN

      Damn he looks good!

  • Nychta

    Dang, I’m still getting over David Bowie.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • SoCalGal20

      Another excellent movie! He was so good.

    • Dazzer

      Brent Hartinger and Michael Jensen both getting their tweets mentioned on JMG on the same day?!!!???

      This is like AfterElton Remembrance Day.

      Hartinger is another superb member of the human race. I used to fight with him so much on AE. But he’s such an intelligent man and glorious writer that I ended up loving him to bits and pieces.

      He and Michael are such priceless people. They’ve got wit and intelligence, but they understand the importance of kindness.

      They’re the people who made me really happy and contented and proud to be gay emotionally rather than just intellectually.

  • Jim Phillips

    Silent but deadly in North by Northwest!

    • Daveed_WOW

      I was like that on a flight from Chicago to Minneapolis on Northwest. Except for the silent part.

    • carrot festival

      But he wasn’t silent. The scene where James Mason thinks Martin Landau has a man crush on him was lots of fun.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but come on now. This is ridiculous.


    • Sam_Handwich

      my dog ate the email!

      • Gerry Fisher

        I hate when that happens

    • bzrd

      It is ridiculous, but if Mueller does his job, kushner should be charged for lying on form 86, maximum 5 years, if not more crimes.

    • Natty Enquirer

      This explanation is perfectly reasonable and true.

      In the Kellyanne Universe.

    • ByronK

      Manafort claimed the same thing a couple of days ago. It begs the age old question – Are you lying or so incredibly incompetent that there’s no reason you should be able to make it out your front door in the morning?

    • JCF

      “Ignorance is no excuse…yada-yada-yada”

      LOCK HIM UP!!!

      • JT

        If it were, they could use it for everything.

        • prixator

          They WOULD use it for everything.

          And their crowd of deplorables would love it!

    • Ernest Endevor

      Aren’t these people supposed to be like real-estate tycoons?

    • -M-

      Still wouldn’t explain why he left it off of his background check. 🤔

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • William

      One of his staffers hit delete before he finished reading.

    • Max_1

      And he didn’t read the bottom of the email because he can’t read… ?

  • Hue-Man
  • Pollos Hermanos

    Ed Wood is one of my favorite movies. He was simply brilliant in it.


  • motordog

    RIP, Commander Koenig…

    One of my favorite trippy scenes from Space: 1999…

    And though it looks less scary than I remember it, the Space Dragon freaked me the fuck out when I was just a kid…

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Loved Space 1999. Would love to see an updated version, though the name would have to change. Visual concept was well ahead of it’s time, very Kubrick. Imagine what they could do with such a premise now, especially given the whole Climate Change issue. The moon leaving our orbit, the environmental aftermath; I could see a split story line. Part of it being from Alpha’s POV and the other from Earth’s. That could be an interesting concept.

    • Mikey

      Oh my god that space dragon episode scared the living CRAP out of me!!!

    • William

      “It’s pretty weird.” is one of the best lines in the series.

      Commander Koenig and Alan Carter should have found their own private asteroid.

  • JCF

    He was so good in this (SCARY good). RIP.


  • KnownDonorDad
  • Lazycrockett
    • medaka

      You must be about 24 hours ahead of me watching these. My man somehow gets them off the net, and we watch them every Mon night.

      Rebecca Del Rio reprise at the end was a wonderful surprise 🙂


  • Secure

    He was so damn good in Ed Wood.

    “Pull the strings!” RIP Sir.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • BobSF_94117

      Of course they’re necessary. How else is she going to get attention?

    • boobert

      Was first class an option? Being a trumpbot must not pay much anymore. Maybe she should try Greyhound.

      • Sam_Handwich

        Many people are saying she pissed through all her money buying copies of her own book.

      • grada3784

        Are you implying that she’s a dog?

    • marshlc

      Wait, isn’t she on record as being very unsympathetic to that doctor who was dragged off the plane a couple months ago? And now it’s an outrage that she has to switch seats? They don’t even try to keep even a surface consistency anymore, do they?

      • prixator

        I think she said he should be deported. She’s so vile. I don’t care if it’s just an act, she’s just a disgusting (alleged) human being.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      What I find hilarious is that even corporate Delta is all “Go the frack away. Almost nobody sympathizes with your shitty behavior.”

      Her “I don’t care if everybody hates me because I’m soooooooo cool” act finally bit her on the ass.

    • Natty Enquirer

      So, will they ban her from flying? Then she’ll have to book under a pseudonym like “Mrs. Ed.”

      • NowAnAgnostic

        With her Adams Apple, you sure that shouldn’t be Mr. Ed?

        • grada3784

          A farce is a farce, of course, of course.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
      • houstonray

        Can you imagine sitting NEXT to her for several hours? Locked in a metal tube? With no way out? Sends shivers down my spine. Off to twitter to reply with that, ha.

        • Lazycrockett

          and what does she do when she is denied her seat? take a pic of those who had no choice is the matter get twitted out to her supporters? Why not just ask your evil monkey’s to dox them.

        • AJ Drew

          I strive to be “better than…” but Coulter, and in THAT scenario? I would pull up the worst Coulter-inpired horror-porn fiction on my laptop and aim the screen at her.

        • William

          Always carry a can opener when traveling. Bailing out would be merciful.

  • Blake J Butler

    Late Sunday evening music break.


    • AJ Drew

      best facial expressions ever. I aspire to that quick-change ability.

      • kareemachan

        She made a GREAT Catwoman.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Mission Impossible and Space 1999 to X-Files and Ed Wood, the man was an amazing actor and, for those who did not know, an amazing cartoonist as well. The older I get, the more I realize that the greats are leaving us with few to replace them. Sorry Gen X,Y,Z, but there are few today who can hold a candle to what many before them did.

    • Lazycrockett

      Times change as does the media. Each generation has their artists and the previous generation thinks they’re crap.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        I just find that there are fewer actual actors out there as opposed to stars. As you say though, times change.

        • i recommend you make it a viewing habit to find and watch shows and movies with leading characters from generations x-z who are PoC. that’s where a lot of the best acting today is coming from, as PoC are increasing allowed by the mostly white senior executive class of hollywood to get leading roles.

          that’s one thing that strikes me as one of the younger people here, when i watch movies and stuff from your generation. there are tokens in some stuff, but so often those are embarrassingly stereotypical. in many great classic films from pretty much everything before the 70s, the creators were perfectly comfortable creating worlds in which everyone at every level was white and not even a single black character in a non-speaking role was to be found. this detracts from my enjoyment of them, sometimes greatly (such as when the story takes place in a major city, but all the people on the street are white).

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            That’s why I specifically left out PoC, precisely because that’s where the talent is right now. I’m not denying that the younger gen don’t have talent, but a lot of it is, in my opinion, wasted on action/adventure roles while the meatier stuff seems few and far between. I love Moonlight, Hidden Figures and many more; but again, it seems more famine than feast, which is a shame. Still, as you say, there are gems to be found, especially in foreign films. As for your noting the whole “city being white”, absolutely agree. I’m solely speaking to what I see in some circles as fame for fame’s sake. As you say, it detracts.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Totally O/T but needs saying: Game of Thrones was…..satisfying. That opening was delicious and the “Shall We Begin” was just so…..YAAASSSSS!

    • Lazycrockett

      Just pouring myself a cocktail before i watch. Turns out Twin Peaks took first place.

      • Lazycrockett

        Hey that’s Jim Broadbent.

    • Lazycrockett

      Okay episode, dragged a bit in the middle. Could have done without the pop music star doing a cameo, thankfully they gave most of the lines to actual actors. I just really wish they didn’t make this season 2 years.

      • canoebum

        I didn’t mind that too much, but the one who made the blackberry wine…whew!

  • DoctorDJ

    Worth 100 of tDumps at any age…

  • Christopher

    OMG two in one day…

    I’m just gonna crawl into a cave and wait until the world is better.

    R.I.P. Mr. Landau.

    FFS what HAVEN’T you done?

    The world was better off for you, and you”re passing makes me sad.

    I don’t even know where to begin…


    You were in everything. I miss you already.

  • grada3784

    Twilight Zone episode. I think it was called “The Jeopardy Room”.

    RIP, sir.

  • pablo

    I have Ed Wood on DVD, and I watch it every couple of months.

    • Cuberly

      I love B movies, and yeah, I’ve watched Ed Wood’s entire filmography. It’s surprisingly more complex than just being dismissed due to his uh, limitations.

      That’s obviously what Tim Burton saw, and it shows. Seeing the Ed Wood movies then watching Ed Wood is really and interesting experience.

  • fiizok

    Goodbye Andro! (Landau in “The Man Who Was Never Born” from the original Outer Limits series. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4870a4e36444c26d819f341c1ffe283a0cc83a84e677508184bce1fabd1d7ad.jpg

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Hee.


    “Delta Air Lines Inc. said it would refund $30 to conservative commentator Ann Coulter after she unleashed a Twitter tirade over being reassigned to a seat with less leg room, and the airline called her string of insults “unacceptable and unnecessary”.

    “We’re sorry you did not receive the preferred seat you paid for and will refund your $30,” the airline told Coulter on Twitter.

  • Barbaracmontoya

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  • Cuberly

    “… the actor whose gaunt, hangdog features…”

    Fuck the underpaid newbs that right this shit. A generalized skim of Wikipedia and, viola” obituary!

    Omitting the fact he won an Oscar for a performance that was truly outstanding.


    • AJ Drew

      I thought Landau was hot as hell: tall, lanky, solid, and what an actor! And he started out as a paint/ink/charcoal artist (and was a professional cartoonist!) sigh.

      • Cuberly

        It always bugs me that an obituary writer leads off with the only film they ever saw of the deceased.

        He had a pretty awesome career, one worth acknowledging.

  • AJ Drew

    OT, probably covered here already, but DT is planning “theme weeks” (umm, again?,) to divert attention from the shitstorm. But, ohhh, the themes…

    “According to Politico, in the next three weeks the administration “will hold events pertaining to three vaguely defined themes: ‘Made in America,’ ‘American Heroes’ and ‘American Dreams.'”

    I eagerly await the almost too-easy backlash.

    • kareemachan

      So wonderful to see he’s doing something useful for the country.


  • blackstar
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Married to Barbara Bain all those years and I didn’t even realize it … RIP

  • BudClark

    OFF-TOPIC, but with Joe’s kind permission:

    Dear Friends,

    It’s still too hot to take the wheelchairs to the food stamps and welfare offices, but we’ll get there.

    I am looking at custodial care homes, but even if I can get in one,
    I’ll still have to pay $70/mo to keep my phone, and ???/mo to keep my
    computer, unless they happen to have free wifi.

    Which leaves Luke without a roof over his head. I don’t know what to
    do about that, and most of his friends who would have taken him in have

    I think I’ve exhausted all the available help, but I’ll go through
    the list again. I HAVE to keep this apt. together for two more years
    until Luke gets his Social Security Disability. THEN we could live quite
    comfortably, either here, or in a better, cheaper place.

    We’ve also been looking at cheaper apts. … the problem is that
    none of them are handicapped accessible, and we’re both in wheelchairs

    If everybody on this list could send even $5 or $10 a month
    REGULARLY, we’d be OK. There are something like 500 friends, colleagues
    and classmates on this list; less than a dozen contribute regularly.
    They are very generous, but their small number only keep us teetering on
    the ragged edge.

    I’m afraid when Luke no longer gets his $400/mo from taking care of
    me, we’ll fall off, but he HAS to quit … it’s IMPERATIVE that he
    apply for SSDI for himself … he really isn’t able to do most of the
    housework, and I can only run the vacuum cleaner from the wheelchair,
    which is EXHAUSTING.

    We’ve had to give up cooking because both of us can’t stand up long
    enough to do it, and the wheelchairs won’t fit into the kitchen. Trader
    Joe’s is nearby; they have decent, inexpensive microwavable stuff.

    There IS a casserole of chicken tortilla soup, shredded chicken,
    cheese, and rice that he CAN make … I LOVE it, and can eat it hot or
    cold for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

    We don’t have a working oven, or there are lots of other things he
    could make like that, but Michael can’t get it together to put a new
    thermo-couple on the oven, and I can’t afford to have anyone else come
    in and do it.

    I’ve been having “sinking spells” (symptom of congestive heart
    failure) where I stay in bed full time and sleep, only getting up to eat
    and go to the bathroom. The most recent one lasted for three days. Now
    it’s 1:32 a.m. and I’m STARVED (chuckle).

    If anybody’s of a mind to send Von’s or Trader Joe’s gift cards
    (those are the only two supermarkets within wheelchair distance, send
    them to:

    Leo I. Long Jr.

    37826 Bankside Drive


    Cathedral City CA 92234-7831

    (“Luke” is “Leo’s” family / nickname)

    If you send checks, money orders, or Western Union, they MUST have
    your complete address, PHONE, and E-MAIL address (and the Western Union
    code, which send to ME), or neither the bank nor the Money Mart will
    cash them. Also, I’ve missed thanking people because I couldn’t connect
    their real-life names with their online nicknames or e-mail addresses.

    We need:

    LARGE box of Saltine crackers

    canned ravioli

    canned tamales

    canned crushed tomatos

    spaghetti sauce

    parmesan cheese

    tabouli, calamata olives, and feta cheese – from Trader Joe’s – I can LIVE on that stuff, and it’s CHEAP

    chopped ripe olives

    large bag of PLAIN, UNFLAVORED non-instant rice

    box of instant mashed potatoes


    boneless, skinless chicken breasts – I can’t eat beef in most forms

    hamburger buns


    beef hot dogs

    powdered eggs

    powdered milk – I can COOK with both of those; we don’t use it enough to keep fresh milk and eggs from spoiling.

    coffee, medium blend, beans or ground

    plain coffee creamer

    We don’t eat many veggies … neither of us have enough teeth left
    to chew them … we have to put them through the food processor.

    There’s lots more, I’m sure, but I’m getting sleepy.

    PLEASE help if you can!!!


    Bud, Luke, and Belle

    • medaka

      Bud, I will be back in the US in about two weeks, and will try to send a big box of stuff. HUGE HUGS to you and Luke and Belle.

      • BudClark

        Thank you SO MUCH!!! HUGE HUGS BACK ATCHA!!!

    • TuuxKabin

      Bud, I know we, 2guys . . . and I, have your GoFundMe page ‘tabbed’. I’m about to go to early morning appointment, when I return and we’re having breakfast I’ll mention to him of you message and we’ll put something into your fund. Meanwhile we’ll see what we can put together as a care package for you a.s.a.p.

      Hope fully the troops will rally.


      Bob & David

    • SoCalGal20

      Bud, can you do me favor and send me an email? I should be able to help you out but I’d like to talk over what would be most helpful to you. My email is [email protected].

    • JCF

      Bud, I was wondering if you’d spoken to SAGE? [Services & Advocacy
      for GLBT Elders] They might be able to direct you to specific help. Here’s their helpline info:

      A place to call when you need to talk.
      1-888-234-SAGE · [email protected]

      Peer-to-peer support · No judgment · Listening and caring
      Monday to Friday: 4pm-midnight ET · Saturday: Noon-5pm ET

      • JCF

        Also—and only if you’re comfortable w/ this—here’s the contact info for the 3 closest Episcopal churches to you. They may be able to help, or direct you to where you can get help.

        Church of St Paul In the DesertPalm Springs, CA · (760) 320-7488

        St Margaret’s Episcopal ChurchPalm Desert, CA · (760) 346-2697

        St Anthony’s Espicopal ChurchDesert Hot Springs, CA · (760) 329-2755

      • BudClark

        No, but I will. SAGE in San Diego wasn’t very strong. About all they did was have a monthly supper at MCC.

  • Jeffg166

    That’s two. One more to go.

  • He deserved the Oscar for his performance in Ed Wood. And I’m always astonished at how few of my friends have seen that film.

    • i don’t know how anyone could’ve missed that, and yes it was packed with excellent performances of which he was just the Oscar winner. Depp was pretty awesome as well.

    • kareemachan

      I saw it, and it was a wonderful performance. Sad, but wonderful.

  • HZ81

    Aw, RIP Martin. Wonderful actor.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    According to one obit, Landau himself suggested making his character in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest a closeted gay–“Woman’s intuition.”

  • RIP Martin. you did some really great work.

    • and thank you for giving the world your fabulous daughter, whom i loved dearly on Buffy&Angel, and whose name my female cat wears proudly in that tradition.

      • jimbo65

        She really was good on those shows. Loved the tragic back story of Dru driven insane by Angel before turning her. *shivers *

      • Edmund Allin

        Well, so many years, and so many re-views, and the nagging suspicion that her facial bone structure was familiar, and the name, and I still didn’t make the connection.

        When I’m oblivious, I really am oblivious.

  • JT
  • SilasMarner

    I first saw him in the film “North by Northwest”. He played a bad guy working for James Mason.

  • ColdCountry

    I had such a crush on him in Mission Impossible. Thanks for the memories, and rest in peace!

  • JCF

    M:I was basically before my time. I don’t think I’ve seen Barbara Bain before: seeing her, along w/ him, I can see where Juliet came from!


    Forever Our Dru!