Eli Wallach (Eli Herschel Wallach) has been recognized as one of the greatest ‘character actors’ ever to grace the stage and screen. He was an American film, television and stage actor and his career in the acting industry spanned over six decades. He has more than 90 film credits. He was trained as a stage actor, and that is what he enjoyed most. He was often seen co-starring with his wife Anne Jackson on stage, and together they became one of the most eminent acting couples in the American theater. Wallach, famous for his method acting studied under Sanford Meisner for the same. Later, he founded the Actors Studio along with other founding members and started studying acting under Lee Strasberg. He was very versatile in his method of acting. And this versatility made him able to play a wide range of roles throughout his career span. His roles were mainly of the supporting kind. His debut screen performance in Baby Doll earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer for the role played by him. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for the same. Besides this, he has been famous for his roles as Calvera in
The Magnificent Seven (1960), Guido in The Misfits (1961), and Tuco ("The Ugly") in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
Furthermore, his roles as outlaw Charlie Gant in How The West Was Won (1962), Don Altobello in The Godfather Part III, Cotton Weinberger in The Two Jakes (both 1990), and Arthur Abbott in The Holiday(2006) have also been most noteworthy. He is considered to be one of America’s most fructuous actors on screen. He has marked his presence by remaining active well into his nineties. He has had roles in movies such as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and
The Ghost Writer which have been as recent as 2010. For such contribution to the film industry, Wallach received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2010. He has been the recipient of the BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for the work he put in over the years. Wallach’s death was due to natural causes. He died at the age of 98 on June 24, 2014.