Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach

Highest Rated: 100% Girlfriends (1978)

Lowest Rated: 8% Mama's Boy (2007)

Birthday: Dec 07, 1915

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

One of the most respected actors in American performance, Eli Wallach's career never quite matched his long list of stage credits in terms of quality, but he had nevertheless contributed some memorable characters to film. Movieg rs knew him best for a pair of similar characters - the cruel Mexican bandit Calvera, whose raids on a poor village prompt the formation of "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), and as the scheming, scene-stealing Tuco in Sergio Leone's groundbreaking spaghetti Western, "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" (1967). But Wallach's career stretched back a decade prior and continued on well into the 21st century, during which he played almost every ethnic type and moral stripe under the sun. While his record on the big screen remained spotty, Wallach thrived on television with an Emmy-winning performance in "The Poppy is a Flower" (ABC, 1966) and a campy turn as Mr. Freeze on "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Over the years, he remained under the radar while performing onstage or in lesser-known pictures, only to resurface in projects like the revival of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1978), the acclaimed miniseries "The Executioner's Song" (NBC, 1982) and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather III" (1990), in which he had a memorable scene as a mobster who dies while eating poisoned cannoli. The nonagenarian delivered award-worthy small screen performances on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) and "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009-15), and by the time he died at the age of 98 on June 24, 2014, Wallach's place as one of Hollywood's most venerated character performers had been assured.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
84% 70% The Ghost Writer Old Man (Character) $15.5M 2010
55% 44% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Julie Steinhardt (Character) $52.5M 2010
90% 80% Ahead of Time Mordechai Rossman (Voice) $33K 2009
33% 33% Tickling Leo Emil Pikler (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vote and Die: Liszt for President Joe Nightingale (Character) - 2008
8% 26% Mama's Boy Seymour (Character) - 2007
49% 80% The Holiday Arthur Abbott (Character) $63.2M 2006
86% 58% The Hoax Noah Dietrich (Character) $7.1M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Testimony of the Human Spirit Narrator - 2004
71% 26% King of the Corner Sol Spivak (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 89% Rita Unknown (Character) - 2003
67% 71% Monday Night Mayhem Leonard Goldenson (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Advice and Dissent The Rebbe (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Taste of Jupiter Arturo (Character) - 2002
69% 59% Keeping the Faith Rabbi Lewis (Character) $37M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bookfair Murders Erich Schmidt (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Uninvited Strasser (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked City: Justice With a Bullet Deluca (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry's Visit Unknown (Character) - 1996
28% 53% The Associate Fallon (Character) $12.8M 1996
14% 36% Two Much Sheldon (Character) $1.1M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey Unknown (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Honey Sweet Love Don Siro (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vendetta II: The New Mafia Frank Latella (Character) - 1993
57% 30% Night and the City Peck (Character) $6.2M 1992
72% 39% Mistress George Lieberhof (Character) $53.6K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legacy of Lies Moses Resnick (Character) - 1992
43% 54% Article 99 Sam Abrams (Character) $6.2M 1992
No Score Yet 33% Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Bill Presser (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride Frank Latella (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terezín Diary Narrator - 1990
68% 62% The Godfather, Part III Don Altobello (Character) $64.6M 1990
65% 38% The Two Jakes Cotton Weinberger (Character) $9.4M 1990
88% 73% The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Don Altobello (Character) - 1990
33% 71% Nuts Dr. Herbert A. Morrison (Character) $29.5M 1987
57% 55% Tough Guys Leon B. Little (Character) $20.5M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Something in Common Norman Voss (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 85% The Impossible Spy Yacov (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Sweet Victim Dr. Huffman (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder: By Reason of Insanity Dr. Huffman (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Family Honor Vincent Danzig (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sam's Son Sam Orowitz (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anatomy of an Illness Dr. William Hitzig (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 74% The Executioner's Song Uncle Vern Damico (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 86% The Wall Mauritzi Apt (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 40% The Salamander General Leporello (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 33% Skokie Bert Silverman (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 78% The Pride of Jesse Hallam Sal Galucci (Character) - 1981
50% 49% The Hunter Ritchie Blumenthal (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fugitive Family Olan Vacio (Character) - 1980
38% 59% Circle of Iron Man-in-Oil (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 26% Firepower Sal Hyman (Character) - 1979
88% 55% Winter Kills Joe Diamond (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pirate Ben Ezra (Character) - 1978
100% 73% Girlfriends Rabbi Gold (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 58% Movie Movie Vince Marlow/Pop (Character) - 1978
20% 18% The Domino Principle General Reser (Character) - 1977
48% 37% The Deep Adam Coffin (Character) - 1977
45% 44% The Sentinel Det. Gatz (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 44% Nasty Habits Monsignor (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet 20 Shades of Pink Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Answers Lee Curtin (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Il Bianco, Il Giallo, Il Nero Sheriff Edward Gideon/Black Jack (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stateline Motel Joe (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 49% Shoot First, Ask Questions Later Sheriff Edward "Black Jack" Gideon (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Indict and Convict DeWitt Foster (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 38% Crazy Joe Don Vittorio (Character) - 1974
63% 62% Cinderella Liberty Lynn Forshay (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 40% A Cold Night's Death Frank Enari (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Turn the Other Cheek Max Lozoya (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 43% Romance of a Horse Thief Kifke (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 43% The People Next Door Arthur Mason (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 63% The Angel Levine Delicatessen Clerk (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Gerard Napoleon (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zigzag Mario Gambretti (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 71% The Brain Frankie Scannapieco (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 58% Ace High Cacopoulos (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 50% How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life Harry Hunter (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Lovely Way to Die Tennessee Fredericks (Character) - 1968
97% 97% The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Tuco (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out Ben Harris (Character) - 1967
100% 88% How to Steal a Million Davis Leland (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 44% The Poppy Is Also a Flower "Happy" Locarno (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 38% Genghis Khan The Shah of Khwarezm (Character) - 1965
57% 57% Lord Jim The General (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 61% The Moon-Spinners Stratos (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 31% Kisses for My President Raphael Valdez Jr. (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 50% Act One Warren Stone (Character) - 1963
20% 79% The Victors Sgt. Craig (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Charlie Gant (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 55% Adventures of a Young Man John (Character) - 1962
97% 78% The Misfits Guido aka Pilot (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 29% Seven Thieves Poncho (Character) - 1960
89% 87% The Magnificent Seven Calvera (Character) - 1960
86% 83% The Lineup Dancer (Character) - 1958
94% 81% Baby Doll Silva Vacarro (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
81% 86% Nurse Jackie Bernard Zimberg (Guest Star) 2009
74% 92% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Eli Weinraub (Guest Star) 2006
26% No Score Yet Whoopi Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
18% No Score Yet Oliver Beene Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 80% ER Mr. Langston (Guest Star) 2003
79% No Score Yet The Education of Max Bickford Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
100% No Score Yet The Job Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bride of Violence Frank Latella (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Gene Malloy (Guest Star) 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
93% 79% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
90% No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951

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