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Claim to Fame
Silva Vacarro In Baby Doll (1956), Calvera In The Magnificent Seven (1960), Tuco In The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
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Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915-June 24,2014) was 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. Other roles include his portrayal of Don Altobello in The Godfather Part III and Arthur Abbott in The Holiday. Wallach has received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work. Wallach was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Bertha (née Schorr) and Abraham Wallach, the only Jewish family in a predominantly Italian American neighborhood. His parents owned Bertha's, a candy store. Wallach graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Masters 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. Wallach served as a staff sergeant in Hawaii in a military hospital in the United States Army in World War II. However, he was soon sent to Officer Candidate School in Abilene, Texas to undergo training to become a medical administrative officer. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant and was sent to Madison Barracks in New York, where he was promptly shipped to Casablanca and, later in the war, to France. It was there that a superior discovered his acting history and asked him to form a show for the patients. He and other members from his unit wrote a play called Is This the Army?, which was inspired by Irving Berlin`s This is the Army. In the comedic play Wallach and the other men clowned around as various dictators, Wallach himself portraying Hitler.
Wallach's film debut was in Elia Kazan`s controversial Baby Doll and he went on to have a prolific career in films, although rarely in a starring role. Other early films include The Misfits, The Magnificent Seven (he portrayed Mexican bandit Calvera), Lord Jim as the General, a comic role in How to Steal a Million (the latter two with Peter O'Toole), and perhaps most famously, as Tuco (the 'Ugly') in Sergio Leone`s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. After the latter`s success, Wallach would appear in several other Spaghetti Westerns, including Ace High with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.
Wallach has been married to stage actress Anne Jackson (born 1926) since March 5, 1948, and they have three children: Peter, Katherine and Roberta: the latter had an acting experience as a mentally disturbed teenager in Paul Newman`s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
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B.A., History, University Of Texas At Austin, Austin, Texas, United States (1936)
Full Name at Birth
Eli Herschel Wallach
Bertha Schorr Wallach
Zachary Scott, Marilyn Monroe, Ann Sheridan, Walter Cronkite
Eli Herschel Wallach (December 7, 1915 – June 24, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor whose career spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s. Trained in stage acting, which he enjoyed doing most, he became "one of the greatest 'character actors' ever to appear on stage and screen", with over 90 film credits. On stage, he often co-starred with his wife, Anne Jackson, becoming one of the best-known acting couples in the American theater. As a stage and screen character actor, Wallach had one of the longest ever careers in show business, spanning 62 years from his Broadway debut to his last major Hollywood studio movie.
Film, Television And Stage Actor
Place of Death
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States (1932)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Celebrity Talent International
Raspy Gravelly Voice, Large Nose
Cause of Death
M.S., Education, City College, Of The City University Of New York, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (1938), Neighborhood Playhouse School Of The Theatre, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
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