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R.I.P. Eli Wallach

By Garth Franklin Wednesday June 25th 2014 08:20AM
R.I.P. Eli Wallach

Legendary multi-award winning actor Eli Wallach died on Tuesday from natural causes. He was 98.

Wallach has appeared in more than eighty films since his first starring role in 1956's "Baby Doll," though is perhaps best remembered for his key roles in two of the most famous westerns of all time - "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "The Magnificent Seven".

Other films in which he often played a memorable role included his turns as Guido in "The Misfits, " The General in "Lord Jim," Napoleon in "The Adventures of Gerard", Don Altobello in "The Godfather Part III," Adam Coffin in "The Deep," Cotton Weinberger in "The Two Jakes," Donald Fallon in "The Associate," and small but key roles in more recent fare like "Mystique River," "The Ghost Writer," "The Holiday" and his final film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps".

He has also guest starred on countless TV shows from "ER," "LA Law," "Murder She Wrote" and "Kojak," to "Law and Order," "Nurse Jackie," "Highway to Heaven" and even played Mr. Freeze on two occasions in the 1960s "Batman" series - saying he received more fan mail about his two brief guest appearances on that show than about all of his other roles combined.

Wallach had been married to stage actress Anne Jackson since 1948 and the pair have three children, five grandchildren and several great grandchildren. His niece is a famed historian, while his great-nephew is New York film critic A.O. Scott.

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