Eli Wallach Dead at 98

Published 06/25 2014 04:56AM

Updated 06/25 2014 04:58AM

Eli Wallach, arguably one of the world's greatest character actors whose career spanned over 60 years, has passed away at the age of 98.

Wallach, best known for his iconic roles as the villainous gunslinger in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and as the even-more villainous bandit in The Magnificent Seven, acted even in his final years, appearing most recently in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010.

Wallach was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1915, and went to the University Of Austin, Texas where he got his bachelor's degree in history in 1936. It was in college that Wallach began acting in plays. He made his Broadway debut in 1945 and six years later won a Tony Award for his role in The Rose Tattoo, a play by Tennessee Williams.

Wallach's feature film debut came in 1956 in the Elia Kazan-directed Baby Doll, for which he won a BAFTA award and was nominated for a Golden Globe. In 2011, Kazan won an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar. His most recent award nominations came in 2007 and 2010 when he was nominated for Emmys for his performances on Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and Nurse Jackie.

Wallach is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anne Jackson, his daughters, Katherine and Roberta, and his son, Peter.


(Zach Seemayer, Entertainment Tonight)

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