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Oscar–winning actor Martin Landau dies aged 89
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20.08.2017

Oscar–winning actor Martin Landau dies aged 89

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Mr Landau, who shot to fame by playing a homosexual henchman in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic North by Northwest, died Saturday of “unexpected complications”, his publicist confirmed.

The actor was heralded for his performance as Rollin Hand in the ‘Mission Impossible’ TV series.

The role saw him repeatedly nominated for Emmys and helped him nab the Best Male TV Star Golden Globe in 1968.
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The silver screen star was always one to look on the upside and bring the struggles of daily life into his performances.

He said: “Everything that has happened to me is of value to me.

"As painful as certain things are, and have been, and were, there's a use for those things in my life and in my work.
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“You can have immediate regrets, but if you look at stuff and say, 'Things happen for a reason', there's a fatalistic thing about it.

"Something will happen that will justify it in some way.”

After a dry spell his career roared back to life in the late 1980s when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”.
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He later lamented: “What could I do? They couldn’t cut Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor.”

In addition to the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, he also won a Screen Actors Guild accolade.

After winning the Oscar in March 1995, Landau gushed: “My God! What a night. What a life. What a moment. What everything!”
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Landau also is remembered for a role he did not get. He was "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry's first pick to portray pointy-eared Vulcan Mr Spock, an iconic role that eventually went to Leonard Nimoy.

He starred in the 1970s sci-fi series "Space: 1999" and appeared in Rod Serling's acclaimed series "The Twilight Zone." In 2011, he lent his voice to an episode of the venerable animated series "The Simpsons."
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