Sunday, July 16, 2017

Martin Landau, George Romero, RIP

Patton Oswalt tweeted: "When George A. Romero was 19 he worked as a pageboy on NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Martin Landau's 2nd film"

Martin Landau had a wildly varied career. He won an Oscar for Ed Wood and was also in The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island. I first saw him on Mission Impossible and Space 1999. When I was 12, I drew a science fiction comic book and tried to make the hero look like him (I couldn't draw).  He died Saturday at age 89.

George Romero worked in advertising in Pittsburgh when he and his friends chipped in several thousand dollars each and made Night of the Living Dead. It was made at a time when horror movies were considered a genre for children. Roger Ebert first saw the movie at a matinee full of children and was morally outraged. Romero died of lung cancer at age 77.

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