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Eli Wallach

( b. Dec 07, 1915 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Jun 24, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Relations: Husband of Anne Jackson (1948 - his death)

Eli Wallach was one of his generation’s most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years.

A self-styled journeyman actor, the versatile Mr. Wallach appeared in scores of roles, often with his wife, Anne Jackson. No matter the part, he always seemed at ease and in control.

Eli Wallach was born the son of Abraham Wallach and the former Bertha Schorr. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he also learned to ride horses — a skill he would put to good use in westerns. After graduation he returned to New York and earned a master’s degree in education at City College, with the intention of becoming a teacher like his brother and two sisters.

Instead, he studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse until World War II put him in the Army. He served five years in the Medical Corps, rising to captain. After the war he became a founding member of the Actors Studio and studied method acting with Lee Strasberg. Ahead lay his Broadway debut in Skydrift, which had a one-week run in 1945, and his fateful meeting with an actress named Anne Jackson.

Mr. Wallach, who as a boy was one of the few Jewish children in his mostly Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn, made both his stage and screen breakthroughs playing Italians. In 1951, six years after his Broadway debut in a play called Skydrift, he was cast opposite Maureen Stapleton in Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tatoo playing Alvaro Mangiacavallo, a truck driver who woos and wins Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian widow living on the Gulf Coast. Both Ms. Stapleton and Mr. Wallach won Tony Awards for their work in the play.

After The Rose Tattoo he appeared in another Williams play, Camino Real (1953), wandering a fantasy world as a young man named Kilroy. He also played opposite Julie Harris in Anouilh’s Mademoiselle Colombe (1954), about a young woman who chooses a life in the theater over life with her dour husband, and in 1958 he appeared with Joan Plowright in The Chairs, Eugène Ionesco’s farcical portrait of an elderly couple’s garrulous farewell to life.

Mr. Wallach’s many television credits including a 1974 production of Odets’s “Paradise Lost” on public television, and “Sokie”.

And then there were films, dozens of them. In addition to his parts in “Baby Doll” and “The Magnificent Seven,” he played the mechanic pal of Clark Gable’s aging cowboy in “The Misfits” (1961), the story of a wild-horse roundup in Nevada, written by Miller and directed by John Huston, with a cast that also included Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift.

Despite his many years of film work, some of it critically acclaimed, Mr. Wallach was never nominated for an Academy Award. But in November 2010, less than a month before his 95th birthday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded him an honorary Oscar. The first movie in which Mr. Wallach acted was also written by Williams: “Baby Doll” (1956). Mr. Wallach played Silva Vacarro, a Sicilian émigré and the owner of a cotton gin that he believes has been torched. Karl Malden and Carroll Baker also starred.

The theater remained his home base, and he said that he could never imagine leaving it. “What else am I going to do?” he asked in an interview with The Times in 1997. “I love to act.”

Source: The New York Times

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Flowering Peach
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Noah]
Mar 20, 1994 - Apr 24, 1994
The Price
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Gregory Solomon]
Jun 10, 1992 - Jul 19, 1992
Cafe Crown
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [David Cole]
Feb 18, 1989 - Mar 26, 1989
Twice Around the Park
A Need for Brussels Sprouts
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Leon Rose]
A Need for Less Expertise
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Gus Frazier]
Nov 04, 1982 - Feb 20, 1983
Saturday Sunday Monday
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Peppino]
Nov 21, 1974 - Nov 30, 1974
The Waltz of the Toreadors
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [General St. Pé]
Sep 13, 1973 - Nov 25, 1973
Promenade, All!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Ollie H (1895), Ollie H (1920), Wesley (1945), Wesley (Approximately Now)]
Apr 16, 1972 - May 27, 1972
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Charles Dyer]
Jan 10, 1968 - Mar 02, 1968
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Milt Manville]
Nov 11, 1964 - Jan 07, 1967
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Berrenger]
Jan 09, 1961 - Aug 05, 1961
The Cold Wind and the Warm
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Willie]
Dec 08, 1958 - Mar 21, 1959
The Chairs and The Lesson
[Play, Farce, Tragedy, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Old Man]
Jan 09, 1958 - Jan 26, 1958
Major Barbara
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Bill Walker]
Oct 30, 1956 - May 18, 1957
Mademoiselle Colombe
[Play, Original]
  • Also Starring: Eli Wallach [Julien]
Jan 06, 1954 - Feb 27, 1954
The Teahouse of the August Moon
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach
      Sakini - Replacement
Oct 15, 1953 - Mar 24, 1956
Camino Real
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Kilroy]
Mar 17, 1953 - May 09, 1953
The Rose Tattoo
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Starring: Eli Wallach [Alvaro Mangiacavallo]
Feb 03, 1951 - Oct 27, 1951
The Lady from the Sea
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Ballested]
Aug 07, 1950 - Aug 19, 1950
Mister Roberts
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach
      Stefanowski - Replacement
Feb 18, 1948 - Jan 06, 1951
Antony and Cleopatra
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Diomedes,
      Messenger - Replacement]
Nov 26, 1947 - Mar 13, 1948
Alice in Wonderland
[Play, Fantasy, Play with music, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Duck, Two of Spades, Other Voice]
Apr 05, 1947 - Jun 28, 1947
Yellow Jack
[Play, Drama, History, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Busch]
Feb 27, 1947 - Mar 15, 1947
A Pound on Demand / Androcles and the Lion
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Spintho]
Dec 19, 1946 - Feb 22, 1947
What Every Woman Knows
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Ensemble]
Nov 08, 1946 - Feb 15, 1947
King Henry VIII
[Play, History, Revival]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Cromwell]
Nov 06, 1946 - Feb 21, 1947
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Eli Wallach [Crew Chief]
Nov 13, 1945 - Nov 17, 1945
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play
Eli Wallach (for "Visiting Mr. Green") [nominee]
1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
The Price [nominee]
Starring: Eli Wallach
1951 Theatre World Award
winner The Rose Tattoo [recipient]
Starring: Eli Wallach
1951 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Play
winner The Rose Tattoo [winner]
Starring: Eli Wallach
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