Martin Landau, the actor best known for his role in the Mission: Impossible TV series, has died aged 89.
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.
Star Trek actor William Shatner was among those to pay tributes.
Condolences to the family of Martin Landau.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 17, 2017
And Michael McKean…
Martin Landau was awesome. NXNW, Mission Impossible, a zillion guest roles, never giving less than 100%. THEN, Ed Wood, for God's sake!— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 17, 2017
My thoughts are with Martin Landau and his family at this time… a great talent who always made every performance his own. pic.twitter.com/aHl7lwzVhv
— Mark Mahon (@MarkMahon) July 17, 2017