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Rest in Peace: Martin Landau Dead at 89

The legendary, Oscar-winning actor, Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89. His publicist, Dick Guttman, told the Associated Press that Landau passed on Saturday due to “unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center.” Landau was truly a jack of all trades during his lengthy career in Hollywood, creating numerous unforgettable characters and greatly contributing to the very fabric of filmmaking.

Martin Landau has documented acting credits on 177 works. His major works include his roles in television’s Mission: Impossible from 1966-1969, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Francis Ford Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. Horror fans know Landau best for his unforgettable sympathetic role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s greatest film, Ed Wood. His performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His flawless portrayal of Lugosi at the end of his life in the final scenes of the film takes on a new level of poignancy with the news of Landau’s passing. read more

George “the Animal” Steele (aka Jim Myers) Dead at 79

WWE sadly announced today via Twitter that long time pro-wrestling star George “The Animal” Steele passed away yesterday at 79 years of age.

Steele (whose real name was Jim Myers) was a major star in the 1970’s and 80’s, primarily as a villainous heel before a famous angle in 1986 that saw “the beast fall for the beauty” in the form of Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s valet Mrs. Elizabeth.  The feud would eventually bleed into the semi-main event of Wrestlemania Three when Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Savage for the Intercontinental Title (with a little help from Steele) in what many fans still consider one of the greatest professional wrestling matches of all time. read more