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Jun 25 2014
Quantity & Quality: Prolific Character Actor Eli Wallach Dies @ 98 Comments (0)

Eli WallachEli Wallach, one of the most versatile and prolific actors in movie history, has died at 98.

The list of movie-loving household names with whom he worked in his 50-plus-year film career includes everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Al Pacino.

Tiffeni-2009061442018-eliwallachtiffany-originalWallach was perhaps best known for his role as “Tuco” in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), but also made big impressions in films as diverse as Baby Doll (1956), The Misfits (1961), Lord Jim (1965) and in the otherwise pedestrian The Godfather: Part III (1990).

His final feature film, shot well into his nineties, appears to have been Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).

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He is survived by a large family, including his actress wife Anne Jackson (pictured), to whom he was married for more than 66 years.

Wallach's stage work is as revered as his work in film; he appeared with Jackson in innumerable productions.

I never met Mr. Wallach, but did spot him at—of all places—a Madonna photo exhibit; he was a family friend of photographer Richard Corman. I just re-watched The Misfits and just saw The Godfather: Part III for the first time, both in the past week.

Eli-Wallach-94Wallach at 94 in NYC

I have updated my (unfortunately) ever-changing list of the oldest-living actors and stars.

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