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Eli Wallach

Lowest Rated:   8% Mama's Boy (2007)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Long before earning his B.A. from the University of Texas and his M.A. in Education from C.C.N.Y., Eli Wallach made his first on-stage appearance in a 1930 amateur production. After World War II service and intensive training at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, the bumpy-nosed, gravel-voiced Wallach debuted on Broadway in Skydrift (1945). In 1951, he won a Tony award for his portrayal of Alvaro Mangiaco in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo. Though a staunch advocate of "The Method," Wallach could never be accused of being too introspective on-stage; in fact, his acting at times was downright ripe -- but deliciously so. He made his screen debut in Baby Doll (1956) playing another of Tennessee Williams' abrasive Latins, in this instance the duplicitous Silva Vaccaro; this performance earned Wallach the British equivalent of the Oscar. He spent the bulk of his screen time indulging in various brands of villainy, usually sporting an exotic accent (e.g., bandit leader Calvera in The Magnificent Seven [1960]). Perhaps his most antisocial onscreen act was the kidnapping of Hayley Mills in The Moon-Spinners (1965). Even when playing someone on "our" side, Wallach usually managed to make his character as prickly as possible: a prime example is Sgt. Craig in The Victors (1963), who manages to be vituperative and insulting even after his face is blown away. Busy on stage, screen, and TV into the 1990s, Wallach has played such unsavory types as a senile, half-blind hitman in Tough Guys (1986) and candy-munching Mafioso Don Altobello in The Godfather III (1990). He continued to work steadily into the 1990s with parts in the Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes, the remake of Night and the City, Article 99, and narrating a number of documentaries. He didn't slow down much at all during the 21st century, appearing in the comedy Keepin the Faith, Clint Eastwood's Oscar Winning Mystic River, and The Hoax. In 2010 he acted for Roman Polanski in his thriller The Ghost Writer, and for Oliver Stone in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was to be his last film role; Wallach died in 2014 at age 98.His television work has included an Emmy-winning performance in the 1967 all-star TV movie The Poppy Is Also a Flower and the continuing role of mob patriarch Vincent Danzig in Our Family Honor. Married since 1948 to actress Anne Jackson, Wallach has appeared on-stage with his wife in such plays as The Typists and the Tiger, Luv, and Next, and co-starred with her in the 1967 comedy film The Tiger Makes Out. Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson are the parents of special effects director Peter Wallach.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Root
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Honey Sweet Love
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Gerard
  • Actor
2011
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Julie Stenhardt
$52.5M 2010
90% Ahead of Time
  • Mordechai Rossman
$33.5k 2010
83% The Ghost Writer
  • Vineyard Old Man
$11.1M 2010
No Score Yet Just Laugh!
  • Actor
2010
37% New York, I Love You
  • Abe (Joshua Marston segment)
$1.6M 2009
33% Tickling Leo
  • Emil Pikler
2009
44% The Toe Tactic
  • Maestro
2009
8% Mama's Boy
  • Seymour Warburton
2007
87% Constantine's Sword
  • Piero Terracina
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
85% The Hoax
  • Noah Dietrich
$7.1M 2007
47% The Holiday
  • Arthur Abbott
$63.3M 2006
No Score Yet James Dean: Sense Memories
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
71% King of the Corner
  • Sol Spivak
2005
No Score Yet The Real James Dean: From Indiana Farmboy To Hollywood Legend
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Easter Egg Adventure
  • Narrator
2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Reconstructing 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Leone Style
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Leone's West
  • Actor
2004
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2004
87% Mystic River
  • Liquor Store Owner [uncredited]
$88.8M 2003
No Score Yet Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Rita
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet American Masters
  • Reader
2003
No Score Yet I sogni nel mirino
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Advice and Dissent
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Monday Night Mayhem
  • Leonard Goldenson
2002
No Score Yet Taste of Jupiter
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Typists
  • Actor
2002
69% Keeping the Faith
  • Rabbi Lewis
2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet
  • Deluca
1999
No Score Yet Slapstick, Too!
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • Actor
1997
28% The Associate
  • Fallon
1996
14% Two Much
  • Sheldon
1996
No Score Yet Search for Dracula
  • Narrator
1996
No Score Yet Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey
  • Narrator
1995
67% Night and the City
  • Peck
1992
No Score Yet Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story
  • Bill Presser
1992
No Score Yet Legacy of Lies
  • Moses Resnick
1992
46% Article 99
  • Abrams
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • William Crook
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • William Crook
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • William Crook
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • William Crook
1992
69% Mistress
  • Lieberhoff
1991
No Score Yet A Family Matter
  • Frank Latella
1991
68% The Two Jakes
  • Cotton Weinberger
1990
No Score Yet The Impossible Spy
  • Yacov
1987
36% Nuts
  • Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
1987
62% Tough Guys
  • Leon B. Little
1986
No Score Yet Something in Common
  • Norman Voss
1986
No Score Yet Rocket to the Moon
  • Mr. Prince
1986
No Score Yet Spark Among the Ashes
  • Narrator
1986
No Score Yet Murder: By Reason of Insanity
  • Dr. Huffman
1985
No Score Yet Embassy
  • Joe Verga
1985
No Score Yet Sam's Son
  • Sam Orowitz
1984
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Executioner's Song
  • Uncle Vern Damico
1982
No Score Yet The Wall
  • Mauritzi Apt
1982
No Score Yet Skokie
  • Bert Silverman
1981
No Score Yet The Pride of Jesse Hallam
  • Sal Galucci
1981
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Leporello
1981
55% The Hunter
  • Ritchie Blumenthal
1980
86% Winter Kills
  • Joe Diamond
1979
No Score Yet Firepower
  • Sal Hyman
1979
43% Circle of Iron
  • Man-in-Oil
1979
No Score Yet Sabbath of Peace
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie
  • Vince Marlowe/Pop
1978
100% Girlfriends
  • Rabbi Gold
1978
No Score Yet The Domino Principle
  • Gen. Tom Reser
1977
33% The Deep
  • Adam Coffin
1977
No Score Yet Nasty Habits
  • Monsignor
1977
58% The Sentinel
  • Gatz
1977
No Score Yet Aces High
  • Cacopoulos
1976
No Score Yet Independence
  • Benjamin Franklin
1976
No Score Yet Il Bianco, il giallo, il nero (White, the Yellow, and the Black)(Shoot First... Ask Questions Later)
  • Black
1975
No Score Yet Stateline Motel
  • Joe
1975
No Score Yet Crazy Joe
  • Don Vittorio
1974
No Score Yet Don't Turn the Other Cheek
  • Actor
1974
40% Cinderella Liberty
  • Lynn Forshay
1973
No Score Yet The Chill Factor
  • Frank Enari
1973
No Score Yet Viva la muerte... tua! (Don't Turn the Other Cheek) (Long Live Your Death)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Romance of a Horsethief
  • Kifke
1971
No Score Yet The People Next Door
  • Arthur Mason
1970
No Score Yet The Angel Levine
  • Store clerk
1970
No Score Yet Zig Zag
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Ace High
  • Cacopoulos
1969
No Score Yet Le Cerveau (The Brain)
  • Frankie Scannapieco
1969
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • Ben Baker
1969
No Score Yet How to Save a Marriage---and Ruin Your Life
  • Harry Hunter
1968
No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out
  • Ben Harris
1967
97% The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Tuco
1966
No Score Yet The Poppy Is Also a Flower
  • Locarno
1966
100% How to Steal a Million
  • Davis Leland
1966
No Score Yet Genghis Khan
  • The Shah of Khwarezm
1965
54% Lord Jim
  • General
1965
No Score Yet Kisses For My President
  • Raphael Valdez Jr.
1964
No Score Yet The Moon-Spinners
  • Stratos
1964
No Score Yet Act One
  • Warren Stone
1963
No Score Yet The Victors
  • Sgt. Craig
1963
57% Twice Told Tales
  • Actor
1963
90% How the West Was Won
  • Charlie Gant
1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • John
1962
100% The Misfits
  • Guido Dellini
1961
No Score Yet Seven Thieves
  • Poncho/Baron von Roelitz
1960
90% The Magnificent Seven
  • Calvera
1960
No Score Yet Lullaby
  • Actor
1960
83% The Lineup
  • Dancer
1958
100% Baby Doll
  • Silva Vacarro
1956
No Score Yet Danger
  • Actor
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Bernard Zimberg
  • 2009
No Score Yet The War
2007
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • Reader
  • 2003
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Langston
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1992
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Union Worker Simon Vilanis
  • 1992
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Mr. Freeze
  • 1967

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