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Legendary ‘The Magnificent Seven’ & ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ Actor Eli Wallach Dies At 98

eli wallach Legendary The Magnificent Seven & The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Actor Eli Wallach Dies At 98

Legendary film, television and stage actor Eli Wallach has died at the age of 98. Wallach was perhaps best known as Calvera in ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ Guido in ‘The Misfits,’ Charlie Gant in ‘How the West Was Won,’ and Tuco in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.’ He received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work, and received an Honorary Oscar for “effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role” at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards, presented on November 13th, 2010. Wallach remained active well into his nineties, with roles as recently as 2010 in ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ and ‘The Ghost Writer.’

Eli Wallach was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Intending to become a teacher, Wallach graduated in 1936 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in history and two years later received a master of arts degree in education from the City College of New York. However, his focus shifted to acting, and after serving in World War II he studied at the Actors’ Studio, where he became a practitioner of method acting. Mr Wallach was survived by his wife Anne Jackson, to whom he was married for 65 years, three children, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. RIP, sir.