R.I.P Martin Landau: “I’m A Jewish Kid From Brooklyn”

By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0

Martin Landau, an Academy-winning actor and old school Brooklynite, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

He died of “unexpected complications,” his publicist said in a statement.

Landau was a brilliant actor known for his role on Mission Impossible where he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award. He also won an Oscar for his supporting role in Ed Wood.

One of his earliest jobs included being a cartoonist for the NY Daily News.

But no matter how famous he got over the course of his life, it all began right here in Brooklyn.

“I’m a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, but in all the years I’ve acted, I never had a Jewish role,” he said in a 1988 interview on “Tucker”.

Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Southern Brooklyn. He attended James Madison High School, and then Pratt Institute. He spent his acting days in NY with his friend James Dean competing for roles, the LA Times reported last year.

The remarkable actor lived on Bedford Avenue in Midwood, one block from where Major League Baseball legend Gil Hodges later lived when playing for Dodgers.

“My God. What a night. What a life. What a moment. What everything,” he said during his Oscar acceptance speech.

Landau is survived by his two daughters whom are also actresses.

He will be missed.

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