Martin Landau Cause of Death: How Did The Oscar-Winning Actor Die?

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Actor Martin Landau at the AARP Magazine 10th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

Actor Martin Landau, who won an Oscar for his performance in ‘Ed Wood’, died earlier today at the age of 89. The Associated Press reports that Landau died of unexpected complications after a short stay at UCLA Medical Center.

Landau’s acting career started in the 1950’s and he received the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1998’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Landau played the role of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994). His performance in the movie earned him an Academy Award, A Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. The film also starred Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette and his daughter, Juliet Landau.

Landau was born in Brooklyn and began his career as an illustrator and staff cartoonist at the New York Daily News.

Landau left the New York Daily News when he was 22 to pursue a career in acting. He made his film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959.

Landau starred in Cleopatra, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Nevada Smith, before joining the cast of TV’s Mission:Impossible.

His performance as Rollin Hand on Mission Impossible earned him a Golden Globe Award and nominations for three Emmy Awards.