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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau has died at the age of 89, according to his publicist.

Landau reportedly died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center after a brief hospital stay, in which he suffered some unexpected complications.

Landau's credits include Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" and "Cleopatra."

The actor gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," which also starred Landau's wife, Barbara Bain. The show stayed on the air until 1973 but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show's third season.

He received Emmy nominations for various roles, but it was his role as Bela Legosi in 1994’s "Ed Wood" that won him an Oscar for best supporting actor. In "Ed Wood," Landau portrayed the Hungarian-born actor, who had become famous as Count Dracula, during his final years.

"I watched about 35 Lugosi movies, including ones that were worse than anything Ed Wood ever made," he recalled in 2001. "Despite the trash, he had a certain dignity about him, whatever the role."

Before trying his hand at acting, Landau studied drawing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News.

He is survived by his daughters Susan Landau Finch and Juliet Landau.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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