Eli Wallach

Actor, Camp counselor, Playground director
One of the most respected actors in American performance, Eli Wallach's career never quite matched his long list of stage credits in terms of quality, but he had nevertheless contributed some memorable characters to ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1915 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (171)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Ahead of Time 2010 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Ghost Writer 2010 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps 2010 (Movie)

Julie Steinhardt (Actor)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Abe (Actor)

Nurse Jackie 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Toe Tactic 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Maestro (Actor)

Tickling Leo 2009 (Movie)

Emil Pikler (Actor)

Constantine's Sword 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Piero Terracina (Actor)

Mama's Boy 2007 (Movie)

Seymour Warburton (Actor)

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

Noah Dietrich (Actor)

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Arthur Abbott (Actor)

King of the Corner 2005 (Movie)

Sol Spivak (Actor)

The Easter Egg Adventure 2004 (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Whoopi 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Centre Street 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Legends 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

Reader (Actor)

The Education of Max Bickford 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Job 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Honey Sweet Love 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Rabbi Lewis (Actor)

Cinerama Adventure 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Steve McQueen: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lives of Lillian Hellman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tony Randall: Center Stage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Karl Malden: Workingman's Actor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lee Strasberg: The Method Man 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Uninvited 1998 (Movie)

Strasser (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cronkite Remembers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Lincoln's Insanity File 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

Fallon (Actor)

The Man Who Drew Bug-Eyed Monsters 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Moviemakers: Arthur Penn 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Moviemakers: Robert Wise 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Moviemakers: Stanley Donen 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Two Much 1996 (Movie)

Sheldon (Actor)

Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

River of Steel 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Sam Abrams (Actor)

Law & Order 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

George Lieberhoff (Actor)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

Peck (Actor)

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

World War II: A Personal Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Terezin Diary 1991 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

Don Altobello (Actor)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

Cotton Weinberger (Actor)

A Matter of Conscience 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Actor (Actor)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

It's Up to Us: The Giraffe Project 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

Dr Herbert A Morrison (Actor)

The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Leon B Little (Actor)

Christopher Columbus 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Embassy 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam's Son 1984 (Movie)

Sam Orowitz (Actor)

The Salamander 1983 (Movie)

Leporello (Actor)

The Wall 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pride of Jesse Hallam 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Acting: Lee Strasberg and The Actors Studio 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hunter 1980 (Movie)

Ritchie Blumenthal (Actor)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

Sal Hyman (Actor)

Girlfriends 1978 (Movie)

Rabbi Gold (Actor)

The Silent Flute 1978 (Movie)

Man in Oil (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Joe Diamond (Actor)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

Pop (Actor)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Monsignor (Actor)

Seventh Avenue 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

Adam Coffin (Actor)

The Domino Principle 1976 (Movie)

General Tom Reser (Actor)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Gatz (Actor)

Independence 1975 (Movie)

Benjamin Franklin (Actor)

Attenti al Buffone 1974 (Movie)

Ras (Actor)

Paradise Lost 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cold Night's Death 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Lynn Forshay (Actor)

Il Bianco, Il Giallo, Il Nero 1973 (Movie)

Black (Actor)

Crazy Joe 1972 (Movie)

Don Vittorio (Actor)

Don't Turn the Other Cheek 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Romance of a Horse Thief 1971 (Movie)

Kifke (Actor)

The Angel Levine 1970 (Movie)

Store Clerk (Actor)

Zigzag 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aces High 1969 (Movie)

Cacopoulos (Actor)

MacKenna's Gold 1969 (Movie)

Ben Baker (Actor)

The Adventures of Gerard 1969 (Movie)

Napoleon (Actor)

The Brain 1969 (Movie)

Scannapieco (Actor)

The People Next Door 1969 (Movie)

Arthur Mason (Actor)

A Lovely Way to Die 1968 (Movie)

Fredericks (Actor)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 1968 (Movie)

Tuco (Actor)

How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life 1967 (Movie)

Harry Hunter (Actor)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

Ben Harris (Actor)

How to Steal a Million 1966 (Movie)

David Leland (Actor)

Genghis Khan 1965 (Movie)

Shah of Khwarezm (Actor)

Lord Jim 1965 (Movie)

The General (Actor)

Act One 1963 (Movie)

Warren Stone (Actor)

Kisses For My President 1963 (Movie)

Valdez (Actor)

The Moon-Spinners 1963 (Movie)

Stratos (Actor)

Adventures of a Young Man 1962 (Movie)

John (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Charlie Gant (Actor)

The Victors 1962 (Movie)

Sgt Craig (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Misfits 1961 (Movie)

Guido (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

Calvera (Actor)

Seven Thieves 1959 (Movie)

Pancho (Actor)

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lineup 1958 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lark 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Silva Vacarro (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of an Illness (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Danger (Movie)

(Actor)

Embassy (Movie)

Joe Verga (Actor)

Fugitive Family (TV Show)

Actor

Indict and Convict (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Rocket to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Skokie (TV Show)

Actor

Something in Common (TV Show)

Actor

Tennessee Williams (TV Show)

Actor

The Donner Party (TV Show)

Voice

The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

Actor

The Impossible Spy (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most respected actors in American performance, Eli Wallach's career never quite matched his long list of stage credits in terms of quality, but he had nevertheless contributed some memorable characters to film. Movieg rs knew him best for a pair of similar characters - the cruel Mexican bandit Calvera, whose raids on a poor village prompt the formation of "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), and as the scheming, scene-stealing Tuco in Sergio Leone's groundbreaking spaghetti Western, "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" (1967). But Wallach's career stretched back a decade prior and continued on well into the 21st century, during which he played almost every ethnic type and moral stripe under the sun. While his record on the big screen remained spotty, Wallach thrived on television with an Emmy-winning performance in "The Poppy is a Flower" (ABC, 1966) and a campy turn as Mr. Freeze on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Over the years, he remained under the radar while performing onstage or in lesser-known pictures, only to resurface in projects like the revival of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1978), the acclaimed miniseries "The Executioner's Song" (NBC, 1982) and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather III" (1990), in which he had a memorable scene as a mobster who dies while eating poisoned cannoli. The nonagenarian delivered award-worthy small screen performances on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) and "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ), and by the time he died at the age of 98 on June 24, 2014, Wallach's place as one of Hollywood's most venerated character performers had been assured.

Relationships

Abraham Wallach

Father
Owned a candy store named Bertha's

Bertha Wallach

Mother
Owned a candy store named Bertha's

Anne Jackson Actor

Wife
Married March 5, 1948

Katherine Wallach

Daughter
Mother, Anne Jackson

Roberta Wallach

Daughter
Mother, Anne Jackson

Peter Wallach

Son
Mother, Anne Jackson

Abraham Wallach

Father
Owned a candy store named Bertha's

Bertha Wallach

Mother
Owned a candy store named Bertha's

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1936

The Actors Studio

New York , New York 1947
Original member of the Studio

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1940

City College of New York

New York , New York 1938

Milestones

2010

Had a supporting role in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"

2007

Co-starred opposite Richard Gere in Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax"

2006

Befriended Kate Winslet's character in "The Holiday"

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" as a former writer who was blacklisted in the 1950s

2000

Appeared as Rabbi Ben Lewis in "Keeping the Faith"

1999

Had supporting role in Carlo Gabriel Nero's feature "Uninvited"

1999

Starred opposite Anne Jackson and their daughter Roberta in "Down the Garden Paths" at the George Street Theater in New Jersey

1996

Originated the role of the crusty octogenarian in "Visiting Mr. Green" in Stockbridge, MA; recreated the role Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre

1994

Portrayed Noah in the National Actors Theater production of "The Flowering Peach"

1992

Received acclaim for his appearance in the revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price"

1990

Had supporting role as a rival gangster in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III"

1988

Co-starred in the the Public Theatre revival of "Cafe Crown"; later transferred to Broadway

1987

Played the psychiatrist evaluating Barbra Streisand's character in "Nuts"

1985

Debut as series regular, playing the patriarch of a crime family in ABC's "Our Family Honor"

1984

Portrayed the title character's father in "Sam's Son"

1979

Cast in Tom Stoppard's play "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"

1978

Cast as Otto Frank in a revival of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1977

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Seventh Avenue"

1976

Acted onscreen with wife Anne Jackson in "Nasty Habits"

1973

Re-teamed with wife Anne Jackson for the play "The Waltz of the Torreadors"

1969

Portrayed Napoleon in "The Adventures of Gerard"

1967

First onscreen collaboration with wife Anne Jackson, "The Tiger Makes Out"

1967

Played Mr. Freeze in the "Batman" (ABC) series

1966

Won an Emmy for his role in the ABC TV movie "The Poppy Is Also a Flower"

1966

Had a supporting role in Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

1965

Co-starred in the adventure film "Lord Jim"

1963

Acted with wife Anne Jackson in the off-Broadway play "The Tiger and The Typists"

1961

Had featured role as Clark Gable's pal in "The Misfits"

1961

Supported Zero Mostel in "Rhinoceros" on Broadway

1960

Played a Mexican bandit in "The Magnificent Seven"

1957

Co-starred with Julie Harris in the TV version of "The Lark" (NBC)

1956

Had breakthrough film role as Carroll Baker's Sicilian lover in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll"

1954

Made his London stage debut as Sakini in "The Teahouse of the August Moon"; played role on Broadway in 1955

1953

Returned to Broadway for the Tennessee Williams play "Camino Real"

1952

Feature acting debut, "Danger"

1951

Had breakthrough stage role in the Tennessee Williams play "The Rose Tattoo"

1949

Made an early TV appearance on "The Philco Television Playhouse" (NBC)

1944

Made his Broadway debut in "Skydrift"; play closed after one week

1939

Made his stage acting debut in "The Bo Tree"

1936

Worked as a radio actor while pursuing graduate work in education

Became a member of Eva LeGallienne's American Repertory Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Wallach had hip replacement surgery in 1997.

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