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Remembering actor Martin Landau and filmmaker George Romero




Actor Martin Landau and filmmaker George Romero.
Actor Martin Landau and filmmaker George Romero.
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The world of film lost two big names this past weekend: actor Martin Landau and filmmaker George Romero.

Landau, whose patient but steady rise to fame eventually won him a best supporting Oscar as Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood,” died on Saturday from “unexpected complications,” the Hollywood Reporter confirmed. The 89-year-old actor was also famous for his master of disguise Rollin Hand role during the golden age TV-series “Mission: Impossible.”

Father of the zombie movie, Romero, died Sunday at 77 after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer” a family statement said. For many, it was Romero’s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead” and subsequent “Dead” series that gave birth to to the modern horror genre, and captivated audiences with a new appeal for the undead on screen.

AirTalk gives tribute to both men on FilmWeek today, inviting listeners to share their favorite Martin Landau roles and most memorable zombie movies inspired by Romero. Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; she tweets @ClaudiaPuig

Justin Chang, film critic for KPCC and the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @JustinCChang