Vale: Eli Wallach

Veteran US character actor Eli Wallach, best known for The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has died aged 98.

2014-06-25_1840Veteran US character actor Eli Wallach, best known for his movies such as The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has died aged 98.

No other details of his death have been released.

Wallach’s career was largely on the big screen in more than 90 films including: The Magnificent Seven, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Misfits, How to Steal a Million, How the West Was Won, Cinderella Liberty, Baby Doll, False Witness, The Sentinel, The Godfather: Part III, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Ghost Writer.

But he also had many television credits.

He won an Emmy for his role in Poppies Are Also Flowers, a 1966 anti-narcotics telefilm produced by the United Nations from a story by Ian Fleming. He also earned nominations for his work as a blacklisted writer on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in 2006 and as an ailing patient on Nurse Jackie three years later.

He was the third actor to play Mr. Freeze on Batman in the 1960s. Other TV credits included LA Law, Whoopi, Law & Order, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Murder She Wrote, Highway to Heaven, Our Family Honor, Tales of the Unexpected, Kojak and Naked City.

Wallach won a Tony Award in 1951 for playing Alvaro in Tennessee Williams’ original production of The Rose Tattoo.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

4 Responses

  1. What an amazing, unassuming actor whose stage and film career spanned over 60 years.

    One of the greats who first honed his skills on stage and was in no hurry to get in front of the camera.

    I couldn’t believe his performance in Money Never Sleeps – it made the movie for me – each little inflection and mannerism only possible by one who has truly mastered their craft plus he did it in his 90s!

    An immeasurable life’s contribution to always be treasured.

    RIP Eli Herschel Wallach.

  2. Wow. Saw him in The Ghost Writer on SBS only last weekend. Agree Angela, that is a classic scene in The Good The Bad And The Ugly.

    I believe that Wallach said that he didn’t realise that he was ‘the Ugly’ until he saw the movie. I wonder if Jim Carey thought the same thing about Dumb and Dumber?

  3. Really sad news about Eli Wallach but guess he had a damn good innings.
    One of the last of his era – think only Lauren Bacall remains now.

    Such a memorable actor – my favourite character of his was definitely the slimy, double crossing Tuco, in The Good The Bad And The Ugly.
    The graveyard scene out in the desert with the standoff between Tuco, Clint Eastwood as Blondie and Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes, is one of the most memorable, atmospheric movie scenes ever.
    Love the soundtrack as well – it absolutely made that movie..

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