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Oscar winner and star of the Mission: Impossible TV show, Martin Landau, died at the spry age of 89.

His big break came as a spy’s fabulous henchman in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.”  By fabulous, I mean he played a menacing gay man.  Less Rip Taylor, more Rip-your-lungs-out.

Landau once dated Marilyn Monroe.  Nothing to add to that.  Just props to da man.  (Mission: Wha-a-a-at?)

In 1955, Landau joined the Actors Studio, an organization that has always been ruled by James Lipton’s iron fist.

While there, Landau taught Jack Nicholson.  Apparently, Nicholson only showed up for

Landau

Landau with Barbara “I’m-way-out-of-your-league” Bain.

the section on eyebrows (Mission: Overacting).

His stint on Mission: Impossible was as a man of many faces.  This gave him the opportunity to play many different kinds of roles with different accents and sometimes he even played two roles in the same episode.  He was the Johnny Depp of Mission: Impossible.

After three years he and his much hotter wife, Barbara Bain (Mission: Helllooooo Nurse!), left the show.  

In the 70’s he starred in such classics as A Town Called Hell and Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol.  The 70s were hard on us all.

He always thought that his greatest work was Martin.  Not only was it such a break from his usual genres but the 90s sitcom was a seminal touchstone for 90s African-American culture.

Landau famously hated the Sheneneh character.  As did we all.

He won his Oscar for playing Bella Lugosi in the classic Tim Burton movie Ed Wood.  it was here that we learned that heroin isn’t a new problem…

This hit goes to: Team Sushi!  I guess they decided to lay off the eighties for a spell.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Josh: 140 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10, Gordie Tapp – 10, Terry Edwards – 60, Chuck Barris – 20)

Wes: 140 – (Holly Dunn – 50, John Glenn – 10, Debbie Reynolds – 20, David Penrose Buckson – 10, Erin Moran – 50)

Lee Kwang Soo!: – 120 (Alice Drummond – 20, Dr. Henry Heimlich – 10, Hashemi Rafsanjani – 20, Lola Albright – 10, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – 60)

Jami: 100 – (Fidel Castro – 10, Bernard Frost – 20, Zsa Zsa Gabor – 10, George Michael – 50)

Team Sushi: 90 – (Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – 30, Roger Moore – 20, Manuel Noriega – 20, Martin Landau – 20)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 70 – (William Christopher – 20, Mary Tyler Moore – 20, Moulton “Pete” Marston – 20, Michael Bond – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 70 – (Ralph Branca – 10, Craig Sager – 40, Sam Ard – 30)

M: 30 – (George Romero – 30)

Joanne: 30 – (Judge Joseph Wapner – 10, Helmut Kohl – 20)

M: 30 – (Sir John Hurt – 30)

Jodi & Husband: – 20 (Bill Dana – 20)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

The Mumblers: 10 – (Don Rickles – 10)

Nathaniel: 10 – (Peter Sallis – 10)

Mary: 10 – (Chuck Berry – 10)

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