Photo of Eli Wallach Eli Wallach

Born on Dec. 7, 1915, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Eli Wallach became one of America's most respected character actors in a film, TV and stage career that spanned seven decades. After college and an Army stint during World War II, Wallach moved back to New York, where he studied at the Actor's Studio. There, he learned the new and influential performance technique called method acting, which he perfected alongside classmates Marlon Brando and Patricia Neal.

In 1951, six years after his Broadway debut, Wallach won a Tony for Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo." In 1956, he made his film debut in the controversial Elia Kazan drama Baby Doll, which Wallach has called his best film.

For the next half-century, the tireless actor had memorable turns in scores of films, notably The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Misfits, The Magnificent Seven, The Godfather: Part III and The Holiday (at age 91!).

Eli Wallach in The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

1960 NR

Fed up with being brutalized and impoverished because of outlaw raids led by a merciless brigand, the besieged citizens of a small Mexican town hire seven American gunslingers to stave off the marauders once and for all.

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  • Eli Wallach in The Ghost Writer The Ghost Writer
  • Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Eli Wallach in The Holiday The Holiday
  • Eli Wallach in Lord Jim Lord Jim
  • Eli Wallach in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Eli Wallach in The Donner Party: American Experience The Donner Party: American Experience
  • Eli Wallach in The Sentinel The Sentinel
  • Eli Wallach in The Hunter The Hunter
  • Eli Wallach in The Executioner's Song The Executioner's Song
  • Eli Wallach in Keeping the Faith Keeping the Faith
  • Eli Wallach in Genghis Khan Genghis Khan
  • Eli Wallach in Ken Burns: The West Ken Burns: The West
  • Eli Wallach in Ace High Ace High
  • Eli Wallach in Cinderella Liberty Cinderella Liberty
  • Eli Wallach in Mama's Boy Mama's Boy
  • Eli Wallach in Baby Doll Baby Doll
  • Eli Wallach in Seven Thieves Seven Thieves
  • Eli Wallach in The Deep The Deep
  • Eli Wallach in Circle of Iron Circle of Iron
  • Eli Wallach in The Two Jakes The Two Jakes
  • Eli Wallach in Monday Night Mayhem Monday Night Mayhem
  • Eli Wallach in Constantine's Sword Constantine's Sword
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  • Eli Wallach in The Moon-Spinners The Moon-Spinners
  • Eli Wallach in Paradise Lost Paradise Lost
  • Eli Wallach in The Wall The Wall
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  • Eli Wallach in Nuts Nuts
  • Eli Wallach in Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story
  • Eli Wallach in The Search for Dracula The Search for Dracula
  • Eli Wallach in Lullaby Lullaby
  • Eli Wallach in The Typists The Typists
  • Eli Wallach in Slapstick, Too Slapstick, Too
  • Eli Wallach in King of the Corner King of the Corner
  • Eli Wallach in New York, I Love You New York, I Love You
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