Legendary actor Martin Landau, of ‘Mission: Impossible,’ dead at 89

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Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor who is best remembered for his roles in TV series such as “Mission: Impossible” and “Space: 1999,” as well as movies such as “Tucker” and “Ed Wood,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Landau passed away at 1:30 p.m. PT on Saturday while hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to publicist Rona Menashe. She confirmed on Sunday that he succumbed to “unexpected complications” during a short hospitalization.

“We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau .. He had just celebrated his 89th birthday,” Menashe said in a brief statement. She provided no details about the cause of his hospitalization.

Landau performed in nearly 200 movies and TV series during his career, which spanned more than six decades. He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the 1994 biographical period film “Ed Wood.”

He is also remembered for many other appearances, including the TV series “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Space: 1999” in the 1970s. He further appeared in the 1988 film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and the 1989 film “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” both of which earned him Oscar nominations.

Landau is survived by his daughters Susie Landau Finch and Juliet Landau, his ex-wife Barbara Bain, his sister Elinor Schwartz, and an 8-year-old granddaughter.

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