Legendary film and television actor Martin Landau has passed away, aged 89

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Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

The US star passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles following "unexpected complications" after a short hospitalisation, his publicist confirmed.

He then starred for three years in the hit series, "Mission Impossible", leaving in 1969 because of a contract dispute, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Landau finally won the golden statuette five years later for "Ed Wood".

Actor Martin Landau arriving at the AARP Magazine 10th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011.

The "Mission Impossible" star and co-star Bain were married from 1957 to 1993.

Mr. Landau would go on to earn another Academy Award nomination for his role as Abe in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1988.

In "Ed Wood", he portrayed Lugosi during his final years, when the Hungarian-born actor who had become famous as Count Dracula was ill, addicted to drugs and forced to make films with Ed Wood just to pay his bills.

He featured in the Alfred Hitchcock film North by North-West and played a commander in Space: 1999 and Geppetto in a live-action version of The Adventures of Pinocchio. He also received a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Saturn Award for the role.

Landau's work spanned seven different decades and he was nominated for six Emmys. Most recently he appeared in "The Last Poker Game" with Paul Sorvino, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and in "Remember" for director Atom Egoyan.

Perhaps it took a Landau to know a Lugosi. He also appeared in films throughout the 1960s such as Cleopatra and The Greatest Story Ever Told before he was cast on "Mission: Impossible". Starring beside his then-wife Barbara Bain, Landau played a wide range of characters, shifting his appearance and accents. "[Strasberg taught me that] a certain actor's arrogance is needed", Landau said in 2016.

It was in this drama that he was discovered by Hitchcock, who cast him as a killer, who falls to his death off Mount Rushmore, in North by Northwest.

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