Martin Landau a celebrated performer with dozens of movie and TV credits to his name, including the Mission: Impossible television series, has died at age 89, Fox News has confirmed.
Landau expired around 1:30 PT on Saturday following unexpected complications while he was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center.
The prolific actors most noteworthy credits included the Mission: Impossible television series, Alfred Hitchcocks classic film North by Northwest, along with his role in Ed Wood, for which he won the Oscar.
Landau got his start as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News, based on The Hollywood Reporter. He was 17 when he began at the information outlet, and quit five years after to pursue an acting career after turning down a promotion.
He’s also an honored acting teacher, to pupils just like Jack Nicholson.
The dear actor got his start onscreen in the 1950s. TMZ reported he appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows and worked until his passing.
Landau stopped “Mission: Impossible” after three seasons in 1969 because of a contract dispute, based on THR. He eventually became an Academy Award winner for his role in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” in 1994 after previously dropping out to Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington.
The legendary actor dated Marilyn Monroe for many months and was best friends with James Dean in the 1950s.
Landau, who was born in Brooklyn, is survived by 2 daughters from his union by “Mission: Impossible” co-star Barbara Bain.
Fox News’ Ashley Dvorkin contributed to the report.
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