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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Remembering Eli Wallach 1915 - 2014

Actor Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday at age 98, received an Honorary Academy Award in 2010 "for a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters." His film credits include Baby Doll (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Misfits (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), Act One (1963), The Moon-Spinners (1964), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), How to Steal a Million (1966), The Sentinel (1976), The Deep (1977), Nuts (1987), The Godfather Part III (1990), The Holiday (2006) and New York, I Love You (2009). Wallach also played supervillain Dr. Freeze in two episodes of TV's Batman (1967), and he received the 1951 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo.

Wallach is survived by his wife of 66 years, actress Anne Jackson, their three children and three grandchildren.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Wallach's life and career:

A scene from The Misfits (1961) with Marilyn Monroe.

Wallach, Anne Jackson and Alan Arkin were the Mystery Guests on TV's What's My Line? on March 14, 1965, while appearing together in the Broadway play, Luv.

The trailer for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) with Clint Eastwood.

An interview on the public television series, Day at Night, on November 20, 1973.

A 1976 interview on the Canadian TV series, Take 30.

A scene from New York, I Love You (2009) with Cloris Leachman.


joel65913 said...

Nice collection of clips. The first film I think of when his name comes up is always The Misfits. Such an odd sad film and he contributed a great deal to it even if he was overshadowed somewhat by the Monroe, Gable, Clift trio. Amazing how much longer he lived than the other cast members and how out of the main cast the last performer to pass before him was Thelma Ritter all the way back in 1969.

He could give wonderfully subtle performances but also seemed to take great delight in chewing the scenery when cast as a villain.

Loved the What's My Line clip, I think that's the first time I've ever seen an entire cast as the mystery guest. Of course they're a rabbit hole and once I watched one I spent about an hour clicking through one after another until I had to stop myself.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for the comment, Joel - and I agree about those What's My Line? clips. You just can't watch only one.