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Martin Landau dead at 89, cause of death – how the actor died?

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Well-known actor, Martin Landau, known for churning out great films in fifties and sixties and winner of a well-deserved Oscar is no more. He died at 89 years of age.

The actor who will be remembered for many a films and television programs including the extremely popular the “Mission: Impossible” television series passed away after a short illness. Reports suggest that the actor was admitted to UCLA Medical Center where he breathed his last on Saturday.


Hospital sources suggest that the actor who had close to seven decade long association with Hollywood died of “unexpected complications” at UCLA Medical Center.

The actor will be remembered for his most important credits including the “Mission: Impossible” television series. The television series was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller, chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). In the first season, the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill; Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons.

The actor who died at the age of 89 years was billed as a “special guest star” during the first season; he had been cast as a guest star for the pilot with the understanding that he would be one of four or five rotating guest star agents. His contract gave producers an option to have him “render services for (three or four) additional episodes”. The actor struck a deal to appear in all the first season’s remaining episodes, but always billed as a “guest star” so that he could have the option to give notice to work on a feature film. Landau contractually became a series regular in season two

Other memorable credits include Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “North by Northwest,” and his role in “Ed Wood,” for which he won an Oscar.

He started his career as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News at just 17 years of age. He quit the job after a few years to pursue an acting career after turning down a promotion.

In the fifties he launched his acting career. Landau appeared in as many as 200 films and television shows and “worked until his death.” Landau received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, as well as his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988); he received his second Oscar nomination for his appearance in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). His performance in the supporting role of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994) earned him an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. He continued to perform in film and TV and headed the Hollywood branch of the Actors Studio until his death in 2017.

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