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.
Wallach was born on December 7, 1915 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York 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.
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.
Wallach died at his home in New York City, New York from natural causes on June 24, 2014, aged 98.
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- 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
- "Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor, Dies at 98". New York Times.com. June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.