Monday, July 17, 2017

Martin Landau: TV's 'Mission Impossible' Disguise Artist, Dies At 89

The Spy Command, a website that covers James Bond and other spy TV programs and films, offers a piece on the death of actor Martin Landau.

Martin Landau, who gained fame as Mission: Impossible disguise expert Rollin Hand, has died at 89, the TMZ website said.

Landau died Saturday at the UCLA Medical Center "after a short hospitalization where he suffered unexpected complications," TMZ said.

Landau enjoyed a long career that began in the early 1950s. It included a number of espionage-related stories, including portraying Leonard, a henchman in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed North by Northwest (1959); a Cold War themed episode of The Twilight Zone; and playing Thrush operative Count Zark in The Bat Cave Affair, a second-season episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

But he was most famous for Mission: Impossible, where he appeared during the show's first three seasons.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

Note: I was a huge fan of Landau and Mission Impossible on TV when I was a kid (but I don't much care for the Tom Cruise film series that uses the Mission Impossible title). 

As noted above, Martin Landau also starred in an episode of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, a brilliant and clever TV show that I also loved as a kid. 

The episode that starred Landau and John Van Dreelen was a first-class Cold War espionage story.

You can watch the episode via the below link:

And you can watch the original Mission Impossible intro and hear Lalo Schifin's forever cool Mission Impossible theme song via the below link:

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