Mission: Impossible's Martin Landau Dead at 89

Martin Landau, the iconic actor best known for Mission: Impossible and Ed Wood, died Saturday. He was 89.

Landau's breakout came in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 thriller North by Northwest, where he played James Mason's henchman.

He earned six Emmy nominations throughout his career, most notably three consecutive Lead Actor nominations from 1967 to 1969 for playing villainous master of disguise Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible. He co-starred on the show with his then-wife Barbara Bain. He and Bain also appeared together in the mid-70s on the series Space: 1999.

He experienced a career decline in the late '70s through most of the '80s before making a comeback in movies, earning Oscar nominations for Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. He finally won an Oscar in 1994 for his unforgettable performance as past-his-prime horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.

Before he became an actor, he was a cartoonist for the New York Daily News. He trained at the legendary Actors Studio, where he studied under Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan. His classmates included Steve McQueen and James Dean. He eventually became an executive director of the studio and taught acting himself.

Landau was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928. He is survived by two daughters, Susan and Juliet, with Bain, to whom he was married from 1957 to 1993.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jul 17, 2017
His performance in North by Northwest is nothing short of excellent. The fact that he had such an enduring career shows what a truly great actor he was. I must not forget his equally excellent performance in Ed Wood. Well deserving of the Academy Award.
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Jul 17, 2017
You're just now reporting this? Man, you're slow!
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Jul 17, 2017
Very sad, he was great in everything I saw him in but I would never describe his Mission Impossible role as the "villainous master of disguise Rollin Hand"
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Jul 18, 2017
Knowing the limited knowledge TV Guide writers have for shows other than Bachelor/Big Brother, Liam probably skimmed the credits and figured Landau was in the Cruise movies as a bad guy and not the well known show. TV Guide, where good writing is nowhere to be found :(
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Jul 17, 2017
I really liked him :( RIP
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