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Old 17 July 2017, 10:39 AM
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Default Martin Landau, star of Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999, dead

Mr. Landau died aged 89 from "complications from a heart attack".

While his film and television career is long and storied, he is probably best known to American fans for his roles in the original Mission: Impossible television show and in Space: 1999. X-Files fans may also remember his appearance in the first X-Files movie.

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Old 17 July 2017, 12:35 PM
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He was also heartbreakingly good in Tucker and Ed Wood. RIP.

ETA: I'm betting more Americans remember North by Northwest than Space 1999.
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Old 17 July 2017, 12:46 PM
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I just bought the season 1 DVDs of Mission: Impossible on Amazon Prime Day. Guess I know what to binge watch next.
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Old 17 July 2017, 12:48 PM
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ETA: I'm betting more Americans remember North by Northwest than Space 1999.
Although I certainly knew him from Space 1999 it wasn't because I ever actually watched it! North By Northwest on the other hand I must have seen at least 10 times. And counting. No doubt in my mind I will be watching it again.

Like a lot of people though of my age I suspect he will be remembered best for Mission Impossible but also for being a versatile actor who didn't get typecast.
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Old 17 July 2017, 01:29 PM
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Tucker was the movie where I first really grasped how talented he was (it was a bomb, but I liked it). I'd seen North by Northwest before then, but didn't appreciate Landau's performance until later watching.
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Space 1999 was not widely shown in the US, but more so in Canada.

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Old 17 July 2017, 02:09 PM
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That's right, it wasn't a network show, it was syndicated -- my brothers and I watched it on a UHF channel, I think. And that was decades before the TV audience started fracturing. I don't think most people even had cable in the early 70s.
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I adored him in Ed Wood, and he really deserved that Oscar.

I knew him primarily from Mission: Impossible and Ed Wood.

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Mark Evanier posted the text of a brief interview he did with Martin Landau in 1998, about his pre-acting career as a cartoonist:

http://www.newsfromme.com/2017/07/16/martin-landau-r-p/
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I heard about that in a brief soundbite from Landau that NPR played, but didn't have details -- thanks for posting that.
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Old 17 July 2017, 10:48 PM
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Space 1999 was not widely shown in the US, but more so in Canada.

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It was shown here in the Twin Cities when new. I remember watching it quite a bit, being a fan of Sci Fi. I'm trying to remember which channel featured it.

Sorry to hear he left us.
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