Mission Impossible star dies after heart attack

By Nadim Nyker
17 July 2017

The 89-year-old actor died in hospital.

Actor Martin Landau died on Saturday after a short stint in hospital. 

His publicist Dick Guttman shared the sad news on Sunday night.

Martin (89) was best known for his smooth demeanor in the 1960s television show, Mission Impossible. He also won an Oscar for his role in the movie, Ed Wood.

Guttman said in a statement that Martin had died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalisation".

Martin starred as Rollin Hand, a secret agent who was known for his ever-changing disguises in Mission Impossible. The show also featured his wife, Barbara Bain.

For each of his three seasons on the show, he was nominated for an Emmy and won the Golden Globe for best male TV star in 1968.

The three-time Academy Awards nominee also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and had supporting roles in Cleopatra and The Twilight Zone.

Martin's career suffered after he left Mission Impossible over a salary dispute, with him taking on parts in movies such as The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island.

New York-born Martin started out as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before moving into theatre and cinema acting.

Sources: IMDB, CNN, BBC 

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