Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau Dies at 89

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Photo Credit By: Michele Marotta / PRPhotos.com

Martin Landau, a character actor who starred in the ’60s TV show Mission: Impossible and won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in the movie Ed Wood, died on Saturday. He was 89. According to his publicist, Landau died at UCLA Medical CEnter in Los Angeles following “unexpected complications during a short hospitalization.” Landau was born in Brooklyn and worked as a newspaper cartoonist before becoming an actor. His first big role was in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Landau went on to receive Emmy nominations for each of his three seasons on Mission: Impossible and was nominated for three Academy Awards for best supporting actor for his roles in Francis Coppola’s Tucker, Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors and Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (which he won the Oscar for in 1994).

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