Oscar Winning Actor Martin Landau Passes Away At Age 89

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As the news spread, celebrities paid tribute to Landau's great career on social media. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said.

Martin Landau was the handsome, intelligent, reflective actor who was respected for first-class work in the theatre, and for his consistency and professionalism in films and TV in the 60s and 70s.

A familiar face on TV, Landau played Rollin Hand on the hit series "Mission: Impossible" from 1966-1969, winning a Golden Globe Award and receiving Emmy nominations each season. He won the Oscar for the "Ed Wood" role.

Starring on Without a Trace from 2002-2009, Mr. Landau portrayed the father of FBI Agent Jack Malone, which earned him an Emmy nomination.

In a 2016 interview with The Washington Times, Landau explained what he thought of acting in the 21st century. Landau would ultimately be instrumental in opening a West Coast branch of the Studio, and he'd continue teaching for the rest of his life.

In this April 22, 2010, file photo, actor Martin Landau, left, and Gretchen Baker arrive at the premiere of the newly restored feature film "A Star Is Born" in Los Angeles.

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On the enormously successful "Mission: Impossible", Landau and Bain played well off one another and with the rest of the regular ensemble, which included Peter Graves. Landau was also a friend of James Dean and a one-time boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

On Broadway, Landau won praise for his work in "Middle of the Night", which starred Edward G. Robinson.

He had regular roles on the original Mission: Impossible series and Space 1999, but also made notable guest appearances in the likes of Columbo, The Twilight Zone and more recently, Entourage.

He also starred in Woody Allen film Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989).

The Last Poker Game was released in April (17), and Landau has two other movies still in production - Without Ward and Nate and Al. He was married to co-star Bain from 1957 until their divorce in 1993. Survivors include two daughters: writer and producer Susie Landau Finch and actress Juliet Landau; a sister; and a granddaughter.

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