Award-winning actor and TV icon dead

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Martin Landau, an award winning actor with dozens of movie and TV credits to his name, including the “Mission: Impossible” television series, has passed away at age 89. Landau died around 1:30 PT on Saturday following “unexpected complications” while hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center.

The prolific actor’s most notable credits included the “Mission: Impossible” television series, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “North by Northwest,” and his role in “Ed Wood,” for which he won an Oscar.

Landau got his start as a newspaper cartoonist at the New York Daily News when he was 17, and quit five years later to pursue an acting career after turning down a promotion.

Landau has appeared in almost 200 films and television shows and “worked until his death.”

He is survived by two daughters from his marriage with “Mission: Impossible” co-star Barbara Bain.

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