Martin Landau, film and TV icon, dead at 89

Martin Landau, a celebrated performer with dozens of movie and TV credits to his name, including the Mission: Impossible television series, has died at age 89, Fox News has confirmed.

Landau died around 1:30 PT on Saturday following unexpected complications while he was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center.

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The prolific performers most notable credits included the Mission: Impossible television series, Alfred Hitchcocks 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, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 17 when he began at the news outlet, and discontinue 5 years later to seek an acting career after turning down a promotion.

He was also an admired acting educator, to students like Jack Nicholson.

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The beloved actor got his start on-screen in the 1950 s. TMZ reported he appeared in almost 200 films and television depicts and worked until his death.

Landau quit “Mission: Impossible” after three seasons in 1969 due to a contract disagreement, according to THR. He ultimately became an Academy Award win for its participation in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” in 1994 after previously losing out to Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington.

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The legendary actor dated Marilyn Monroe for several months and was best friends with James Dean in the 1950 s.

Landau, who was born in Brooklyn, is survived by two daughters from his marriage with “Mission: Impossible” co-star Barbara Bain.

Fox News’ Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report .

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