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Eli Wallach passes away at 98

The character actor from Brooklyn was at his best playing banditos in that Clint Eastwood classic as well as in "The Magnificent Seven," just two highlights of his six-decade-plus career.

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Eli Wallach, the enduring and artful character actor who starred as weaselly Mexican hombres in the 1960s film classics The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, has died. He was 98.

Wallach, who won a Tony Award in 1951 for playing Alvaro in Tennessee Williams’ original production of The Rose Tattoo, made his movie debut as a cotton-gin owner trying to seduce a virgin in Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956) and worked steadily well into his nineties, died Tuesday, his daughter Katherine told The New York Times.
No other details of his death were immediately available.

“As an actor I’ve played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafioso that you could shake a stick at,” Wallach said in November 2010 when he accepted an Honorary Academy Award at the second annual Governors Awards to become the oldest Oscar recipient.
Among his survivors is actress Anne Jackson, his wife of 66 years.

The good-natured actor appeared in more than 90 films, including two released in 2010: Oilver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer.
On television, Wallach won an Emmy for his role as a former drug merchant who is now in the aspirin business in ABC’s Poppies Are Also Flowers, a 1966 anti-narcotics telefilm produced by the United Nations from a story by Ian Fleming. He also earned noms 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.
Plus, he got loads of fan mail for playing Mr. Freeze (the third actor to do so) on TV’s Batman in the 1960s.


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eaglefan2011 25th-Jun-2014 05:18 am (UTC)
aw RIP
volcompunk58 25th-Jun-2014 05:23 am (UTC)
Awww RIP. He's the guy from The Holiday. I love that movie!
jennyherself 25th-Jun-2014 08:14 am (UTC)
me too, the moment when he walks up on the stage to accept his award always makes me cry lol
urfvrtweapon 25th-Jun-2014 11:17 am (UTC)
He was so sweet in that.
locadepatioo 25th-Jun-2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
He was so cute in that movie!!! <3
lianri 25th-Jun-2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that movie, I watch it every year.

He was adorable in it, and it also helps that Jude Law was fine as fuqqqqqq

bad_situation 25th-Jun-2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
He was super adorable in that. I watch that movie all the time.
kathyweezly 26th-Jun-2014 03:26 am (UTC)
I loved him in that movie! :3
twerkbitch 25th-Jun-2014 05:23 am (UTC)
aw that's so sad. His poor wife. 66 years is a long time. :(

The only movie I think I've seen him in was "The Holiday".
hipsterdating 25th-Jun-2014 05:23 am (UTC)
i love him :(
wish he could have made it to 100!
squirrelsarerad 25th-Jun-2014 05:23 am (UTC)
awwww RIP.

He was so adorable in The Holiday.
squirrelsarerad 25th-Jun-2014 05:25 am (UTC)
Now I have "Arthur's Theme" running through my head.
thundy 25th-Jun-2014 05:24 am (UTC)
Awww, RIP! He was adorable in The Holiday.

Also, 66 years of marriage! That's kind of amazing.

Edit: I like how all of first posters essentially said the same thing.

Edited at 2014-06-25 05:25 am (UTC)
taleasold 25th-Jun-2014 05:24 am (UTC)
wow, 98...bless him.

i really liked his character in 'the holiday.'
glamshizzam 25th-Jun-2014 05:24 am (UTC)
nnnnnnnnnnnoooo RIP
i JUST watched The Holiday this morning and i always ugly cry at his scene at the end
30george_sand 25th-Jun-2014 05:28 am (UTC)
One of my favorite actors.
birkenstoxxx 25th-Jun-2014 05:39 am (UTC)
carroll baker is such a babe in this movie
caveofabjection 25th-Jun-2014 05:49 am (UTC)
omg his voice literally never changed! R.I.P Eli
birkenstoxxx 25th-Jun-2014 05:30 am (UTC)
oh no, rip :( he was so good in baby doll
r383l 25th-Jun-2014 05:32 am (UTC)
RIP.
The Holiday is one of my feel good movie. Always watch it whenever it came on. His storyline was so cute.
welcometoross 25th-Jun-2014 05:32 am (UTC)
Honestly, I know him most from that ep of Studio 60. Absolutely heartbreaking. Amazing actor.
grande_latte 25th-Jun-2014 05:35 am (UTC)
awww rip
tulipinacup 25th-Jun-2014 05:38 am (UTC)
arthur abbott </3 RIP :(
frenchoral 25th-Jun-2014 05:38 am (UTC)
noooooooooooooooooooo I loved that dude

RIP
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