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17 July 2017

Martin Landau dead at 89 – Oscar-winning actor passes away after suffering ‘unexpected complications’ during hospital visit

OSCAR-winning actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89 after suffering “unexpected complications” during a hospital visit.

The star of the 1960s television series Mission: Impossible made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film Ed Wood.

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89
Reuters

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89[/caption]

He died on Saturday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles during a short hospitalisation for an undisclosed illness, publicist Dick Guttman said in a statement.

Landau won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of horror movie star Bela Lugosi in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood.

He died on Saturday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles
Rex Features

He died on Saturday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles[/caption]

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.

Landau also gained some measure of fame among “Star Trek” fans for a role he didn’t play, pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock.

“Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the role, but Landau turned it down.

He appeared in nearly 200 films and TV shows during his lengthy career.

He made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film Ed Wood
Reuters

He made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film Ed Wood[/caption]

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