Oscar-winning 'Ed Wood' actor Martin Landau dies at 89

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There's some bad news that is coming out tonight about a true legend in Martin Landau - the actor is dead at the age of 89.

Landau died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center where he experienced "unexpected complications" during a short hospitalization, his publicist told Los Angeles Times.

Between 1966 and 1969, he starred as Rollin Hand in the TV series Mission: Impossible, a role which saw him receiving the Golden Globe Award, as well as three Emmy nominations. He won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the part, which was his first of a number of collaboration with Burton. THR notes that Landau found a "kindred spirit" in Burton, who would later cast him in Sleepy Hollow and Frankenweenie.

Landau had proposed making Leonard covertly gay and worked with screenwriter Ernest Lehman to craft a line about his "woman's intuition" - to be delivered before the character demonstrates how Mason's girlfriend (played by Eva Marie Saint) has betrayed them.

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The lanky, offbeat-looking veteran of the Actors Studio, for he which he was now West Coast co-artistic director, had many ups and downs in his career.

Landau won three Golden Globes and played a master of disguise in the original "Mission: Impossible" television series. He later spent a couple of years starring in syndicated sci-fi series "Space: 1999", on which, as with "Mission: Impossible", he co-starred with then-wife Barbara Bain.

". I played more things, had more fun and", he told journalist Tim Teeman. The film revolves around Wood's life when he made his best-known films as well as his relationship with actor Bela Lugosi.

Nearly two decades later, after some lean years, Landau enjoyed a career revival in feature films.

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Landau had a long and extensive career in Hollywood after working as a young man as a cartoonist for the Daily News. It brought him an Oscar nomination for the second year in a row.

Landau is survived by his daughters Susie and Juliet, their husbands, his sister Elinor, his granddaughter Aria, and his godson Dylan.

Laundau and Bain divorced in 1993. Landau grew into his gravitas, and also into bittersweet human comedy and tragedy, in ways that were unavailable to him as a younger man. Landau was destined to be the career-opposite to his friend and contemporary from the early, hungry days in New York - James Dean.

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