Eli Wallach

American actor (1915–2014)

Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014) was an American movie, television, voice, and stage actor who gained fame during the late 1950s. For his performance as Silva Vacarro in Baby Doll, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer, an Honorary Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award, and a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Eli Wallach
Wallach in 1966
Eli Herschel Wallach

(1915-12-07)December 7, 1915
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
DiedJune 24, 2014(2014-06-24) (aged 98)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Texas (B.A.)
City College of New York (MEd)
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Years active1945–2014
Anne Jackson (m. 1948)
RelativesJoan Wallach Scott (niece)
A. O. Scott (grandnephew)
AwardsBAFTA Awards, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Honorary Academy Award
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1941–1945
Rank Captain
Unit Army Medical Administrative Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II
Awards Army Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal

Early life


Wallach was born on December 7, 1915 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York[1] and studied at the University of Texas at Austin, City College of New York, and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre.



Wallach's famous roles are Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, and as Mr. Freeze in Batman. Other roles includes; Don Altobello in The Godfather Part III, Cotton Weinberger in The Two Jakes, and Arthur Abbott in The Holiday. He is still an active actor even in his nineties and being in films as in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and in The Ghost Writer.

Personal life


Wallach was married to Anne Jackson since 1948. They had three children. His great nephew was movie critic A. O. Scott. Wallach lived in East Hampton, New York.

Wallach, during a set of a movie he was in, accidentally drank from a bottle of acid that a technician had carelessly placed next to his soda bottle. He spat it out quickly, but was angry because his vocal cords could have been damaged if he had swallowed any of it.[2]

Wallach died at his home in New York City, New York from natural causes on June 24, 2014, aged 98.[3]


  1. "Eli Wallach Biography (1915-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  2. Wallach, Eli. (2006): The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage (Harvest Books, Fort Washington, PA) ISBN 978-0-15-603169-1, p. 255
  3. "Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor, Dies at 98". New York Times.com. June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.

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