Eli Wallach

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Eli Herschel Wallach (born December 7, 1915) is an American film, television and stage actor, who gained fame in the late 1950s. For his performance in Baby Doll he won a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and a Golden Globe nomination. One of his most famous roles is that of Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Other roles include his portrayal of Don Altobello in The Godfather Part III, Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, and Arthur Abbott in The Holiday. Wallach has received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work. Wallach also has a cameo as a liquor store owner in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River.

Now past his 95th birthday, Wallach can be seen in two 2010 films, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer and Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Wallach received an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards, presented on November 13, 2010.


Early life

Wallach was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Bertha (née Schorr) and Abraham Wallach, the only Jewish family in an otherwise predominantly Italian American neighborhood.[2][3] His parents owned Bertha's, a candy store.[4] Wallach graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Arts from the City College of New York. However, he gained his first Method experience at the Neighborhood Playhouse. It was while attending the University of Texas that Wallach performed in a play with fellow students Ann Sheridan and Walter Cronkite.[5]

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