Monday, July 17, 2017
RIP MARTIN LANDAU...
You were always there...always inspiring with a talent that was respected but often shortchanged of the praise it deserved.
You impressed me first in "Mission: Impossible" and later "Space: 1999", but there were so many other performances I was to admire, including your guest roles on "Twilight Zone" (in "Mr. Denton on Doomsday"; "The Jeopardy Room"; "The Beacon") and "Outer Limits" ("The Man Who Was Never Born"; "The Bellero Shield"). And man, oh, man, did you ever give me joyful chills in Jack Sholder's "Alone in the Dark" and the Sun Classics edition of Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher".
Your most remarkable performance was perhaps in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood", where you (at long last) gained a well deserved Oscar for your portrayal of the great Bela Lugosi. This led to your portrayal of Geppetto in two wonderful Pinocchio films, for which fans young and old are still in sentimental awe.
You could perform it all--and did it all, Mr. Landau--and today the acting world is a significant degree less in its splendor for your passing.