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Sad to see the news of the death of Martin Landau. A great character actor, who brought an odd touch to "North By Northwest," when he chose to play the henchman to James Mason as ever-so-slightly gay, somewhat jealous of his boss's affair with Eve Marie Saint, and citing his "woman's intuition." It was his own choice to play it that way, and Hitchcock reportedly loved it.

 

Obviously, his run in "Mission Impossible," the X-Files movie, many other films and TV, and his late-career Oscar-winning portrayal of elderly Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood," are iconic and will be remembered. Say a quiet prayer for Martin Landau when you watch "North By Northwest."

 

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Yes, sad to hear of his death.  I'm kind of surprised Hitchcock used him only one time.

 

To anyone who appreciates great acting, his performance in Ed Wood is an absolute essential.   

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Oh, I also recall the bonus features on the North by Northwest DVD--one being an interview with Landau where he briefly does a dead-on Hitchcock impersonation!

 

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