Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2009, file photo, Martin Landau, left, and Eva Marie Saint, who were fellow cast members in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film “North by Northwest,” pose together at the premiere of the film “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” at AFI Fest 2009 in Los Angeles. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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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