Actor Martin Landau waves at a ceremony for director Tim Burton to place his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California U.S., September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni /File Photo
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LOS ANGELES: 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."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. Ironically, Nimoy replaced Landau on "Mission: Impossible".In "Ed Wood," he portrayed Lugosi during his final years, when the Hungarian-born actor who had become famous as Count Dracula was ill, addicted to drugs and forced to make films with Ed Wood just to pay his bills. A gifted mimic trained in method acting, Landau had thoroughly researched the role.
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