Newswire: R.I.P. Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor

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As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actor Martin Landau—who won an Academy Award for his performance as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood—has died. Landau recently had a “brief stay” at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but he died yesterday due to “unexpected complications.” He was 89.

Landau was born in Brooklyn in 1928, and while he was still a teenager, he got a job as a cartoonist for the Daily News. After a few years, though, he abruptly quit his job to follow his dream and become a theatrical actor, something he recognized many years later as a “crazy” idea. Crazy as it was, Landau auditioned at the Actors Studio in 1955, and out of more than 2,000 other aspiring actors, only he and one other person were accepted into the program—the other being Steve McQueen. Later, in a production of Middle Of The Night …