Martin Landau Dies at 89

Actor Martin Landau has sadly passed away aged 89. The actor, most famous for his role Rollin Hand in the 1960’s TV series Mission Impossible. However he first came to my attention in the 70’s as Commander John Koenig in Space 1999. At the time I was massively into anything by Gerry Anderson and the story of Moonbase Alpha and it’s exploits was something I will never forget. Martin Landau was brilliant in the role.

During his career he earned three┬ánominations for Academy Awards for best supporting actor. He played Abe Karatz in Francis Coppola’s “Tucker” in 1988; Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors” in 1989; and the aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” in 1994. It was the latter that finally earned him an Oscar.

According to his publicist Dick Guttman, Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following “unexpected complications during a short hospitalization.” (sic)

A real memorable career that spanned over 6 decades and one that will be remembered for many great roles. However, for British Sc-fi fans like myself his role in Space 1999 will be the one we most fondly remember. R.I.P.

And for all of you old enough to remember here is the classic intro to the show.