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Wallach, Eli


WALLACH, ELI (1915– ), U.S. actor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Wallach received a B.A. from the University of Texas. He got his dramatic training with the Actors Studio and the Neighborhood Playhouse. He was in the Broadway cast of Mister Roberts in 1949, and in 1951 won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Sicilian lover in the Tennessee Williams play The Rose Tattoo. In 1954 he appeared in London in Teahouse of the August Moon. With his wife, Anne Jackson, to whom he has been married since 1948, he shared several successes, notably on Broadway in Rhinoceros (1961) and Luv (1964). He also appeared in Staircase (1968); Promenade, All (1972); The Waltz of the Toreadors (1973); Saturday Sunday Monday (1974); Twice around the Park (1982); Café Crown (1989); The Price (1992); and The Flowering Peach (1994).

Wallach made his film debut in 1956 in Baby Doll and had roles in more than 100 movies. Among them are The Lineup (1958); Seven Thieves (1960); The Magnificent Seven (1960); The Misfits (1961); How the West Was Won (1962); Lord Jim (1964); How to Steal a Million (1966); The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); The Tiger Makes Out (1967); How to Save a Marriage (1968); Mackenna's Gold (1969); The Angel Levine (1970); Cinderella Liberty (1973); Crazy Joe (1974); The Deep (1977); Movie Movie (1978); The Salamander (1980); The Hunter (1980); Tough Guys (1986); Nuts (1987); Terezin Diary (1989); The Godfather, Part 3 (1990); Mistress (1992); Night and the City (1992); Two Much (1995); The Associate (1996); Keeping the Faith (2000); Advice and Dissent (2002); The Root (2003); and King of the Corner (2004).

He also appeared in a host of tv series and tv movies. In 1967 he won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his role in the tv movie Poppies Are Also Flowers. His autobiography The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage was published in 2005.

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Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]

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