Veteran actor Martin Landau died Saturday at the age of 89 of unexpected complications at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his publicist Dick Guttman confirmed.

Born on June 28, 1928, in Brooklyn,New York Landau worked as a cartoonist at New York Daily News before becoming an actor in the 1950s.

The actor came in the limelight after playing the role of a homosexual henchman in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” in 1959.

Landau was famous for his successful role in the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible.” He played the role of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's biopic “Ed Wood” (1994), which fetched him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. For his act in “Mission: Impossible,” Landau won the Golden Globe award for Best Male TV Star in 1968, according to IMDB.

Social media users expressed their condolences to the family of the actor.

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Here's a list of quotes by the actor collected from AZ Quotes, Brainy Quote and Inspiring Quotes, which give a glimpse of his contribution to the film and theater industry.

  • “An awful lot of actors who are considered very good actors are not very good actors. There are people who just strike gold, they have intrinsic talent but the point is that if they did would only broaden them more.”
  • “Everything that has happened to me is of value to me. As painful as certain things are, and have been, and were, there's a use for those things in my life and in my work.”
  • “You can have immediate regrets, but if you look at stuff and say, 'Things happen for a reason,' there's a fatalistic thing about it. Something will happen that will justify it in some way.”
  • “Any good director creates a playground. That's what they do. They hire the right actor, open the door and let them play because stuff will happen, right then and there. The audience wants to believe that what's going on is happening for the first time, ever. That's what acting is. That's what good scene writing is.”
  • “I always treat each take as a rehearsal for the next take. That way you can find stuff and keep adding and playing until they tell me to stop.”

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  • “Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. Hitler probably thought he was a wonderful guy doing some wonderful and righteous work for Germany.”
  • “I try to never repeat a character. I always try to find something new and fresh and interesting that inspires me.”
  • “It's better to live as your own man, than as a fool in someone else's dream.”
  • “The actor has to have some degree of craft, along with the talent. No one tries to laugh except bad actors. No one tries to cry except bad actors. How a character hides his feelings tells us who he is. Most people don't know that, and most actors don't do that. Therefore, there are a lot of actors who put me to sleep, that are considered good actors, but they're predictable and boring. I know how the scene is going to end before it ends.”