Eli Herschel Wallach, as known Eli Wallach was a wonderful actor whose spanned for over 60 years on stage and screen and has worked alongside the biggest stars, beginning in the late 1940s, has died at 98 years old. Wallach was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 7, 1915, a son of Jewish immigrants Abraham and Bertha (Schorr) Wallach, both from Poland. Though he was a Jewish, he grew up in a largely Italian neighborhood, an experience that would later help him in a number of roles.
His film debut was in “Baby Doll” (1956), directed by Elia Kazan, costarring Carroll Baker and Karl Malden. He won a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and a Golden Globe nomination. Wallach also played with some of the biggest stars, includes roles in “The Misfits” (1961), with Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe; “Lord Jim” (1965), with Peter O’Toole and James Mason; “Tough Guys” (1986), with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster; “The Two Jakes” (1990), with Jack Nicholson; and “Mystic River” (2003), starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins and directed by Clint Eastwood, his co-star in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
Wallach received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work, and received an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards, presented on November 13, 2010. He also had recently received a letter from the Pope, who told Wallach his favorite movie was The Magnificent Seven.
As an actor Wallach played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafiosi. As civilian Wallach’s hobbies are collecting antique clocks and watching tennis. Wallach who married to actress Anne Jackson(1926) for 66 years was very much a family man. When Wallach died at 98, he was survived by his wife, three children, and five grandchildren.
Source : People.com, Imdb.com
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