Martin Landau, the famous actor who was the master of disguise in Mission Impossible TV series has died at the age of 89 years. He also won an Oscar in his permoformance in Ed Wood as the broken down Bela Lugosi.

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Dick Guttman who is the publicist for the late Martin Landau announced on Sunday night.

He said in a statement that Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization".

According to the Internet Movie Database,Martin Landau was born in Brooklyn New York on 28 June 1928.He attended James Madison High School and Pratt Institute,originally he wanted to be an illustrator.He worked for the New York Daily News as a cartoonist then eventually quited to pursue a career in the theater,before becoming an actor.


Martin Landau came in the limelight on his stage debut during the summer in 1951,when he performed in “Detective Story” at the Peaks Island Playhouse in Maine. That same year he made his Off Broadway debut in “First Love” at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village. By 1955 he was accomplished enough to be admitted to the Actors Studio in New York. Mr Martin Landau often told interviewers that 2,000 would-be members applied that year, but only two got in: him and Steve McQueen. Mr. Landau became close friends with James Dean, a fellow Actors Studio member, and dated Marilyn Monroe. (He later taught at the West Coast Actors Studio, where his students included Jack Nicholson.)

Actors Martin Landau and Patrick Swayze. 61st ...

Actors Martin Landau and Patrick Swayze. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier he focused major part of his career on Television before moving on.His first screen acting job was in a 1953 episode of the NBC series “Molly” (originally “The Goldbergs”). He appeared on numerous series during the 1950s, including golden-age anthologies like “Playhouse 90” and many westerns,

Landau's career spanned several decades. In 1957 he had a part in the play "Middle of the Night," with Edward G. Robinson and ended up on the West Coast.