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Monday, July 17, 2017

Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible, then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's Ed Wood, has died. He was 89. Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman said. Mission: Impossible, which also starred Landau's wife, Barbara Bain, became an immediate hit upon its debut in 1966. It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show's third season amid a financial dispute with the producers. They starred in the British-made sci-fi series Space: 1999 from 1975 to 1977.

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Landau might have been a superstar but for a role he didn't play -- the pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock. Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. Landau turned it down.

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he was a great actor. Big roles. Little roles. He was terrific. RIP Mr. Landau.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-07-17 11:19 AM | Reply

I loved Space-1999 when it first aired. That was some real cool sci-fi. Some of the stories really got me thinking.. which is what good sci-fi is supposed to do.

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RIP, Commander...

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-07-17 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I always thought his best work was when he was doing something "creepy". He was really excellent in The Outer Limits and Twilight Zone. That guy could do "haunted" like nobody else.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-07-17 01:15 PM | Reply

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