Mission Impossible was one of the few shows made for adults that I liked as a kid. I always hoped for an episode with The Great Paris, Master of Disguise, a retired magician whose real name was supposedly unknown. Martin Landau was great as Rollin Hand before Leonard Nimoy replaced him on the series, but there was something about the Paris character and his clever quips that struck a chord with me.
It’s interesting that Landau was Gene Roddenberry’s first choice to play the character of Spock on Star Trek, and he turned it down. At the time of this writing, Martin Landau is still alive at 86! Those tall serious Vulcan types really do live long.
Mission Impossible is still on Netflix, so I believe it’s time for a marathon – but starting with season 4. RIP, Leanard Nimoy.