Eli Wallach Dies at 98

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Legendary film, stage and television actor Eli Wallach passed away on Tuesday. His daughter Katherine confirmed the death to The New York Times.

Wallach was 98.

The Brooklyn native, who was in show business for more than six decades, appeared in more than 80 films, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits (opposite Clark Gable), The Godfather: Part III, and more recently Mystic River, The Holiday and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

On the small screen, Wallach racked up roles on The Philco Television Playhouse, Shirley Temple’s Storybook Theater, Naked City, Batman (playing Mr. Freeze), L.A. Law, Law & Order and Nurse Jackie.

In 1951 Wallach received a Tony Award for his role in Tennessee WilliamsThe Rose Tattoo on Broadway. His theater career also included roles in The Teahouse of the August Moon, Major Barbara, Staircase and Visiting Mr. Green.

In 2010, Wallach received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, despite never being nominated throughout his illustrious film career.

“As an actor, I’ve played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at,” he said upon receiving the trophy. “As a civilian I collect antique clocks, tell angular stories of my days as a medic in World War II, watch every tennis match, live for my family, daily mail, run the dishwasher, take pictures of faces in the bark of trees.”

“I’m deeply moved by this honor. Your recognition of my artistry makes something very dear to me. I don’t act to live, I live to act.”

Wallach is survived by his wife, stage actress Anne Jackson, their three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

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