Actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Martin Landau arrives at a screening for Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" in London on Oct. 10, 2012. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Oscar-winning actor and star of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series Martin Landau, has died at age 89 after a short hospitalization, his publicist confirmed Sunday.

Dick Guttman said Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center.

Landau won an Academy Award for his supporting role as Bela Lugosi in the 1994 Tim Burton film "Ed Wood."

But by that time he already had a deep resume in Hollywood, including appearances in such classics as "North by Northwest," "Cleopatra," and his Oscar-nominated role in "Tucker."



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.



Before his death, he was the oldest living Academy-Award winner for the supporting actor category.

The Associated Press contributed to this post.

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