Biography, life, best films ..Eli Wallach

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American character actor of great versatility who was perhaps best known for his film appearances in westerns in the 1960s.

Wallach grew up in a Yiddish-speaking household in Brooklyn, where his father owned a candy store. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, and while there he performed onstage and learned to ride horses, a talent that would come into play in his later gunslinger roles. In 1938 he received a master’s degree in education from New York’s City College. Wallach served in the U.S. Army during World War II, working as a medical administrator in France and North Africa. On his return to New York, he was among the earliest groups of students at the famed Actors Studio, where he studied Method acting under Lee Strasberg.

Wallach made his Broadway debut in 1945 with Skydrift, and in 1951 he won a Tony Award for his performance in The Rose Tattoo. From 1949 he made television appearances that included a four-episode run with The Philco Television Playhouse. His first film appearance was in Baby Doll (1956), written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. It featured Wallach as a vengeful seducer in a performance that won him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for most promising newcomer.

n 1960 Wallach appeared as a Mexican bandit in the movie western The Magnificent Seven. He went on to star in How the West Was Won (1962) and in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), arguably the most famous film of the Spanish-Italian genre known as the “spaghetti western.” His 1967 appearance as Mr. Freeze in the television show Batman won him a new legion of fans. Also in 1967 he received an Emmy Award for the television drama Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966).

His later films include The Godfather, Part III (1990), in which he played a Mafia don; Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River (2003); and New York, I Love You (2009). Wallach continued to appear on the stage and screen into his 90s. In 2010 he won an honorary Academy Award.

Eli Wallach, in full Eli Herschel Wallach, (born December 7, 1915, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.—died June 24, 2014, New York City)

BEST FILM

Tough Guys

Kirk Douglas, Anthony Kiedis

Tough Guys is a 1986 action comedy film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Charles Durning, Dana Carvey and Darlanne Fluegel. It was directed by Jeff Kanew. This was the

How to Steal a Million

Audrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole

This film is a 1966 comedy film, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith. The picture is set and was filmed in France, though the.

Genghis Khan

Omar Sharif, Eli Wallach

Genghis Khan is a 1965 film depicting the life and conquests of the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. It was released in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1965 by Columbia..

The Two Jakes

Jack Nicholson, Tom Waits

The Two Jakes is a 1990 American Neo-noir mystery film, and the sequel to the 1974 film Chinatown. Directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, it also features Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly..

The Magnificent Seven

Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira

Lord Jim

Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach

Lord Jim is a 1965 adventure film made by Columbia Pictures. The picture was produced and directed by Richard Brooks with Jules Buck and Peter O’Toole as associate producers, from a..

Mackenna’s Gold

Omar Sharif, Gregory Peck

Mackenna’s Gold is a 1969 western film directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv, and Julie Newmar. It was photographed

Mystic River

Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura..

The Holiday

Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz

The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures and filmed

How the West Was Won

John Wayne, James Stewart

How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

The Godfather Part III

Al Pacino, Diane Keaton

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who tries..

The Misfits

Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable

The Misfits is a 1961 American drama film with a screenplay by Arthur Miller which was directed by John Huston. It stars Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter..

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age
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