Oscar-winning Ed Wood star Martin Landau dies age 89

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From Digital Spy

Martin Landau has died aged 89.

The lauded actor passed away on Saturday afternoon (July 15) following complications during a hospital stay.

"We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau on July 15, 2017 at 1.30pm at UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to unexpected complications during a short hospitalisation," his publicist confirmed (via The Wrap).

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[Martin Landau in May 2017]

Landau is best known for his work in movies, although he has also worked on television.

The actor secured an Oscar for his performance as film legend Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic Ed Wood, which starred Johnny Depp as the titular protagonist.

He also received nominations for Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors and Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream and is also well known for roles in movies such as Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

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On the small screen, alongside his wife Barbara Bain, Landau secured a role in spy TV series Mission: Impossible as the seriously sleuth Rollin Hand in the '60s.

In the mid 1970s, the pair worked together again on sci-fi classic Space: 1999.

However, they divorced in 1993 after having two daughters together, Susan and Juliet.

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Most recently, Landau starred in 2015's Entourage movie and his co-stars have been paying tribute to him, alongside a host of other celebrity admirers.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

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