Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

The Mission: Impossible TV series and Ed Wood actor died after a short time in hospital

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Martin Landau, the actor best known for his role in the Mission: Impossible TV series, has died aged 89.

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Laundau’s publicist confirmed to Associated Press that the actor passed away in Los Angeles following a “short hospitalisation”.

Apart from his work in the TV spy series and 70s sci-fi show Space:1999, Landau was also known for his roles in blockbusters such as Cleopatra, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Alone in the Dark. After a string of Oscar nominations – Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Crimes and Misdemeanors – Landau finally won an Academy Award for his role as ageing Dracula star Bela Lugosi, making a desperate comeback, in 1994’s Ed Wood.

Landau, who was originally a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before becoming an actor, was also fondly remembered for his role as Geppetto in a live-action version of The Adventures of Pinocchio.

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Star Trek actor William Shatner was among those to pay tributes.