Actor Martin Landau Passes at 89 | Jack Nicholson’s Acting Coach Among Others

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Academy Award winner Martin Landau passed on July 15, 2017 during a short hospital stay. He was 89 years old and was at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles when he died, according to CNN.

We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau,” read the statement from his reps, according to People magazine. “He had just celebrated his 89th birthday.”

The actor played many iconic roles during his lifetime and had a huge influence on the industry. Landau won an Oscar in 1995 for Ed Wood. He was nominated twice for his work in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He was also in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest

Landau’s work spanned seven decades and he was nominated for six Emmys. One of his latest roles was Bob Ryan on Entourage, which landed him his last Emmy nomination. Some believe his character was based on Robert Evans, a producer of The Godfather.

The actor also took time to share his knowledge with another generation of actors. He was accepted into the Actor’s Studio in the ’50s and coached other actors and filmmakers. Some of his students included Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Harry Dean Stanton, Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, and Shirley Knight, according to Vanity Fair.

Because of this, it’s no wonder that many celebrities have reacted publicly to his death. Some of Landau’s previous costars gave their condolences and said a few touching words on Twitter.

Landau’s final film, Without Ward, is scheduled to be released later this year. It’s a sci-fi romance and Landau plays the titular character. He is survived by his daughters Susie Landau Finch and Juliet Landau, and his granddaughter Aria Isabel Landau.

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