Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor, dies at 89

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Jul 16, 2017

Martin Landau, the prolific and Oscar-winning actor who appeared in such staples as North by Northwest (1959), Ed Wood (1994) and the Mission: Impossible TV series, has died. A statement from Landau's publicist confirmed the actor passed away Saturday due to "unexpected complications" during a brief hospital stay. He was 89.

Landau shot to fame in 1959, when Hitchcock chose him to play a role in his classic mystery North by Northwest. He would follow that role with several appearances on popular television series in the late '60s and '70s, including starring turns in both Mission: Impossible (1969) and Space: 1999 (1975), all while continuing to appear in a number of popular films.

Those film roles would turn into three separate Oscar nominations. Landau finally won the award in 1994 when he played horror director Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Further collaborations with Burton would follow, including Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Frankenweenie (2012).

Landau had guest appearances on dozens of hit TV shows throughout his career, including Twilight Zone, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Without a Trace (for which he won two Emmys) and Entourage. The one show he did not star in, though, was Star Trek. Landau actually turned down the role of Mr. Spock, which eventually went to Leonard Nimoy.

He is survived by his two daughters, Juliet (an actress, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Susie (a writer-producer), a sister and one grandchild.

(via THR)