Multi-faceted actor Eli Wallach dies at 98

Multi-faceted actor Eli Wallach dies at 98

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Multi-faceted actor Eli Wallach dies at 98

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by Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 10:48 AM

U.S. actor Eli Wallach has died at age 98. His daughter Katherine confirmed the news to The New York Times.

Wallach appeared in movies such as How the West was Won, The Magnificent Seven and The Misfits.

However, he is perhaps best known for the role of Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — the spaghetti western directed by Italian Sergio Leone — where he acted alongside Clint Eastwood.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences remembered him Wednesday with one of his quotes:

 

 

"As an actor I've played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafioso than you could shake a stick at," Wallach said in 2010, accepting an honorary Academy Award. Despite his acclaimed work, the actor had never been nominated for an Oscar before then.

Wallach also worked in TV, including roles on Playhouse 90 (1958-1959), Batman (1967) and Kojak (1975), and in theater. He won a Tony Award in 1951 for his starring role in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, opposite Maureen Stapleton.

"For actors, movies are a means to an end," Wallach told The New York Times in 1973 about his love of the stage. "I go and get on a horse in Spain for 10 weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play."

He continued acting in his later years, appearing in 2006's The Holiday, 2009's Tickling Leo and 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, among other small film and TV roles.

USA TODAY: The many ways to remember Eli Wallach

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