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. For his performance as Silva Vacarro in Baby Doll, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and a Golden Globe nomination. Among his most famous roles are Calvera in The Magnificent Seven (1960), Guido in The Misfits (1961), and Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Other notable portrayals include Don Altobello in The Godfather Part III, Cotton Weinberger in The Two Jakes (both 1990), and Arthur Abbott in The Holiday (2006).
One of America’s most prolific screen actors, Wallach remained active well into his nineties, with roles as recently as 2010 in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Ghost Writer.
Wallach received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work, and received an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards, presented on November 13, 2010.
Eli Wallach was married to stage actress Anne Jackson (born 1926) from March 5, 1948 until his death. They had three children: Peter (born 1951), Roberta (born 1955), and Katherine (born 1958). Roberta had an acting experience as a mentally disturbed teenager in Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
Wallach lost sight in his left eye as the result of a stroke.
His niece is the historian Joan Wallach Scott (the daughter of his brother, Sam Wallach). A. O. Scott, a film critic for the New York Times, is his great-nephew.
Wallach died on June 24, 2014 in New York, aged 98, and is survived by his wife of 66 years, three children, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.