Alec Baldwin, David Harbour, more celebrities mourn death of Martin Landau

Stars pay tribute to Martin Landau

Stars pay tribute to Martin Landau

With a career spanning six decades and industry accolades including an Academy Award and a trio of Golden Globes behind him, Hollywood veteran actor Martin Landau passed away on Saturday at the age of 89. In Lugosi, the washed-up former star of 1930s horror films such as Count Dracula, Landau found a forerunner he could relate to.

There's some bad news that is coming out tonight about a true legend in Martin Landau - the actor is dead at the age of 89. And I can relate to that. I've seen it happen a lot.

After a brief, but impressive Broadway career, New York-born Landau made his film debut in 1959. The 6-foot-3 Landau distinguished himself with a more subtle charisma and command of his craft, emerging as a versatile journeyman TV actor in the 1950s and 1960s.

Appearing in nearly 100 series, Landau was a regular on American television for six decades and made his name as the master of disguise Rollin Hand in "Mission Impossible".

A documentary titled "An Actor's Actor: The Life of Martin Landau" is also now being prepared.

On "Mission: Impossible" Landau played the master of disguise, Rollin Hand.

Landau left the New York Daily News when he was 22 to pursue a career in acting.

Landau met Bruce Geller, the eventual creator of Mission: Impossible, when he invited the writer to an acting class. "I told the picture editor I was going into the theater", Landau recalled in 1989. I wasn't on anybody's list. "I mean, I always thought it looked like a piano".

Landau worked as director, teacher and executive director at the Actors Studio West.

'I turned down Star Trek.

It wasn't until Francis Ford Coppola cast Landau in 1988's Tucker: The Man and His Dream that the looming, austere-looking actor escaped B-movie oblivion.

One of the actor's most iconic film roles was playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994).

"Oh, "Tucker" resurrected me", Landau told the London Guardian. "So I hit the mark, say the words and get the hell out of there".

Landau continued work on both big and small screens in the 1990s, with roles in City Hall (1996) and Rounders (1998). Further collaborations with Burton would follow, including Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Frankenweenie (2012).

Landau is survived by daughters Susie, a writer and producer, and Juliet, an actress and dancer.