“Forgotten Hollywood”- Two Join Passing Parade…

Posted on July 16, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Martin Landau was a stellar character actor, who thrived on screen and in television. He is best remembered for his three-year stint on  Mission: Impossible;  and his Oscar-winning performance as Bela Lugosi in  Ed Wood. A role he did not play: The pointy-eared Spock on Star Trek, which he turned down. He was wed to actress Barbara Bain.                                                          MARTIN LANDAU –>

“`Landau had studied drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked as a New York Daily News cartoonist, before he switching careers. In 1955, Landau was among hundreds who applied to study at the Actors Studio, one of two picked. The other… Steve McQueen.

“`His litany of fine cinematic roles include North By Northwest, Pork Chop Hill, Cleopatra, Nevada SmithThe Greatest Story Ever Told; and after his success on television, Meteor, and two Oscar nods for performances in Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Crimes and Misdemeanors. When Tim Burton cast Martin as Lugosi, he was clearly at the top of his craft, carrying home a statuette, while up against Paul Scofield in Quiz Show, Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, Gary Sinise – Forrest Gump, and Chazz Palminteri – Bullets Over Broadway. Encouraged by his mentor, Lee Strasberg, Landau decided to teach acting. Noted thespians he coached included Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston.

“`He also guest-starred in television shows, such as Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Twilight ZoneThe Rifleman, The Outer Limits, The Big Valley, Get Smart, The Alfred Hitchcock HourColumbo, Murder She Wrote, and The Simpsons.

“`Martin Landau was 89.


“`George A. Romero was the creator of the modern zombie-genre of films, producing the low-budget, Night of the Living Dead. A decade later, Dawn of the Dead cemented his legacy. He also produced the horror schlock — Creepshow. Romero’s influence could be seen across decades of American culture, from the cinematic work of John Carpenter; writings of Stephen King, and vast success of Silence of the Lambs. Ironically, his favorite Hitchcock production was not Psycho; it was North by Northwest, a film that featured a young Martin Landau as a metro-sexual villain.


“`George A Romero was 77. If he comes back to life, it may be just a desire for human flesh.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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