Award winning character actor and New York City native Eli Wallach has died at the age of 98. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
Eli Wallach was perhaps the consummate character actor. His varied work, playing a wide range of roles, spanned seven decades and earned him praise in film, on stage and on television.
Perhaps his most famous character was in the 1966 movie "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," where Wallach was cast as a two-faced bandit opposite Clint Eastwood.
He also is fondly remembered for his work in such popular movies as "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Godfather Part III."
Born in Brooklyn in 1915, Eli Wallach caught the acting bug early on.
He made his Broadway debut in 1945 and won a Tony award in 1951 in Tennessee Williams' play "The Rose Tatoo."
In addition to his extensive New York stage work in the 50s, Wallach was a staple during the golden age of live television in New York, showcasing his talents in prestigious programs like "Studio One" and "Playhouse 90."
He made his movie debut in 1956 in another Tennesee Williams' vehicle, "Baby Doll," whose "Lolita"-like themes were considered quite controversial at the time.
He worked along Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable in what was to be their last film, "The Misfits."
Adept at not only drama, but comedy as well, he worked with Audrey Hepburn in the 1966 romantic comedy "How To Steal A Million."
He could play almost any part with ease and often upstaged the actors he was on the screen with.
He was terrific as a Mexican crook in the classic western "The Magnificent Seven," lit up the screen in "How The West Was Won" and went head to head with Al Pacino in the final installment of the Godfather trilogy.
He married actress Anne Jackson in 1948 and they were together for over sixty years. The two often appeared on stage together, and Wallach actually preferred the stage to the movies.
In later years he returned to television, playing a host of different characters on numerous series.
He was a true New Yorker until the end, living here throughout much of his life.
For a Jewish kid raised in Brooklyn, he came a long way.