Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

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LOS ANGELES: Veteran actor Martin Landau, whose versatile screen career stretched from the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible to his Oscar-winning turn as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, has died at 89, his publicist said Sunday (Monday in Manila). Brooklyn-born Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a hospital stay in Los Angeles, according to a statement issued by publicist Dick Guttman. “We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau,” said the statement. “He had just celebrated his 89th birthday.” Landau got his start on Broadway in the 1950s, before a 1959 film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller North by Northwest. Landau’s film roles ranged from the grand to the quirky, from Cleopatra, to The Greatest Story Ever Told and Nevada Smith. 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. Landau also starred alongside Bain in the 1970s in the British science fiction series Space: 1999. The couple had two daughters together— actress and ballerina Juliet Landau and producer-director Susan Landau Finch—before divorcing in 1993.

AFP

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