Eli Wallach dies at 98

Eli-Wallach

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Eli Wallach, the actor best known for his roles in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Godfather franchise, has died. He was 98.

Wallach’s daughter Katherine confirmed his death to the New York Times. 

The New York City-born actor appeared in scores of films over his 60-plus year career alongside the likes of Clark Gable (The Misfits), Omar Sharif (Ghenghis Khan), Dean Martin (How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life), Yul Brunner (The Magnificent Seven) and Robert Shaw (The Deep).

Wallach’s storied run in Hollywood also extended into TV, where he had roles in Playhouse 90, Batman (as Mr. Freeze!), Kojak, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, among many others.

He was never nominated for an Oscar, the NYT says, though the movie academy in 2010 gave him an honorary statue for being  “the quintessential chameleon, effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters.”

Wallach is survived by his wife, actress Anne Jackson, and their three children.


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