Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach

American actor
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Eli Wallach

Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than seven decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing most, he became "one of the greatest 'character actors' ever to appear on stage and screen", with over 90 film credits. He and his wife Anne Jackson often appeared together on stage, and were one of the best-known acting couples in American theater. As a stage and screen character actor, Wallach had one of the longest-ever careers in show business, spanning 62 years from his Broadway debut to his last two major Hollywood studio movies (which were released in the same year).

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Full name at birth
Eli Herschel Wallach
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Claim to fame
Silva Vacarro In Baby Doll (1956), Calvera In The Magnificent Seven (1960), Tuco In The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
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Date of birth
7 December 1915
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Place of birth
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
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Date of death
24 June 2014
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Age
98 (age at death)
Place of death
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
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Cause of death
Natural Causes
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Resting place
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
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Occupation
Film, Television And Stage Actor
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PERSONAL DETAILS

Height
5' 10" (178 cm)
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Distinctive feature
  • Raspy Gravelly Voice
  • Large Nose
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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Net worth
$6,000,000 USD
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High school
Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States (1932)
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University
  • B.A., History, University Of Texas At Austin, Austin, Texas, United States (1936)
  • M.S., Education, City College, Of The City University Of New York, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (1938)
  • Neighborhood Playhouse School Of The Theatre, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
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Talent agency
Celebrity Talent International
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I never dreamed I would do Westerns.
  • In the "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) episode "A Good Year for Murder", he played a dying man, Salatore Gambini, who committed a murder because he had nothing to lose. In the "Law & Order" (1990) episode "The Working Stiff", he played a character, Simon Vilanis, who was suspected of committing a murder for the same reason although he ultimately proved to be innocent.
  • There was no official theater department at the University of Texas when he attended, so he joined a student organization called The Curtain Club to put on plays. One of the other students involved was future Governor of Texas John Connally.
  • Turned down the role in From Here to Eternity (1953) that won Frank Sinatra an Oscar.
  • One of three actors to play the character of Mr. Freeze on "Batman" (1966). (The other two were George Sanders and Otto Preminger). He once said that he has received more fan mail for that role than for any other role he has ever done.
  • He, his wife Anne Jackson and their daughter, Roberta Wallach, have all made guest appearances in "Law & Order" (1990) in different episodes.

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