Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning actor who starred in television's Mission: Impossible and the films North by Northwest, Ed Wood, and Crimes and Misdemeanors, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 89. Separately, legendary horror film director George A. Romero died in Toronto on Sunday from lung cancer at age 77. Over the course of his career, Landau was nominated for three Academy Awards and five Emmys; his first Oscar was for his 1994 portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Romero started the modern zombie genre in 1968 with his low-budget classic Night of the Living Dead, which he followed up with five more Dead movies and two remakes. Romero's zombies were always social or political commentary, stand-ins for perceived political or societal ills, including racism, conformity, materialism and mall culture, and class warfare.
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