Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at age 89

Landau showcased his versatility on the Mission: Impossible TV series and in his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood

The publicist for Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau says he has died following short hospitalization. He was 89.
The publicist for Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau says he has died following short hospitalization. He was 89. (AP).

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A publicist for Martin Landau says the Oscar-winning actor and star of the “Mission: Impossible” TV series has died.

Dick Guttman said Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. He had just celebrated his 89th birthday.

Landau was the crafty master of disguise for the TV version of “Mission: Impossible,” then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s “Ed Wood.”

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.

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