The actor Martin Landau, best known for roles in the TV series Mission: Impossible and 1960s blockbusters like Cleopatra, has died, aged 89.

His publicist Dick Guttman confirmed the death, saying: "We are overcome with sadness."

Mr Landau won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 for portraying the horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. 

He died on Saturday in Los Angeles of "unexpected complications" following a hospital visit.

Mr Landau was born in New York and started out as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before moving to theatre and then cinema acting.


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