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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/17/2017 By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press
FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, Martin Landau arrives at the 24th Night of 100 Stars Oscars Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, Martin Landau arrives at the 24th Night of 100 Stars Oscars Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicist for Martin Landau says the Oscar-winning actor and star of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series has died.

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2008, file photo, Tim Robbins, from left, Martin Landau and Bill Murray attend a special screening of "City of Ember" in New York. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. Landau was known as the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood." He was 89. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2008, file photo, Tim Robbins, from left, Martin Landau and Bill Murray attend a special screening of "City of Ember" in New York. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. Landau was known as the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood." He was 89. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

Dick Guttman said Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center. He had just celebrated his 89th birthday.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009, file photo, Martin Landau, left, and Eva Marie Saint, who were fellow cast members in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film "North by Northwest," pose together at the premiere of the film "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" at AFI Fest 2009 in Los Angeles. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009, file photo, Martin Landau, left, and Eva Marie Saint, who were fellow cast members in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film "North by Northwest," pose together at the premiere of the film "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" at AFI Fest 2009 in Los Angeles. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Landau was the crafty master of disguise for the TV version of "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood."

FILE - 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. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File) © The Associated Press FILE - 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. Landau died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

Landau also gained some measure of fame among "Star Trek" fans for a role he didn't play, pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock.

"Star Trek" creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the role, but Landau turned it down.

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