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Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor who played heroes and villains, dies at 89

Martin Landau, an Oscar-winning character actor whose dagger-like physique, Cheshire-cat grin and intense gaze made him ideally suited to play icy villains and enigmatic heroes, notably disguise master Rollin Hand on the hit 1960s TV series "Mission: Impossible," died July 15 at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 89.

In a statement, Dick Guttman, a publicist for Mr. Landau, said that the actor died of "unexpected complications," but did not provide additional details.

Landau's seven-decade career featured verdant artistic peaks - including his work for directors Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Tim Burton - and long stretches of arid...

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