Martin Landau and George Romero die on the same day

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      Serious movie aficionados are mourning the loss of two film legends.

      The first to pass away today was George Romero, a horror filmmaker, writer, and editor. His 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead gave birth to zombie culture in the modern era.

      He later made Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow, and several other films.

      The Bronx-born Romero died of lung cancer in Toronto at the age of 77.

      Later today, actor Martin Landau died at the age of 89 in Los Angeles.

      Landau had a few film roles in the 1950s and 1960s but burst into public consciousness playing Rollin Hand on the TV show Mission Impossible.

      He won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood

      Landau was a character actor with roles in many TV shows and films, including Tucker: The Man and His Dreams and Crimes and Misdemeanours.

      As might be expected, social media is buzzing about the deaths of Romero and Landau.