Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dead at 89

  • People
  • Monday, 17 Jul 2017

File photo of Martin Landau in Hollywood, on Sept 8, 2016. Photo: Reuters

Martin Landau, a star of the 1960s television series Mission: Impossible who made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film Ed Wood, died on July 15 at age 89, his publicist said.

Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from unexpected complications during a short hospitalisation for an undisclosed illness, publicist Dick Guttman said in a statement.

Landau got his start on Broadway in the 1950s, before a 1959 film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.

He went on to play roles in movies such as Cleopatra and The Greatest Story Ever Told.

That was before he met with massive success playing the master of disguise Rollin Hand in the Mission: Impossible TV series, in which his wife Barbara Bain also starred. He was nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe in 1968.

He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of horror movie star Bela Lugosi in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood. He had been nominated for an Academy Award twice before, first for his performance in Francis Coppola's Tucker and again for Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors.

In recent years he starred on television hits Entourage and Without a Trace. – Agencies

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