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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The actor Eli Wallach, whose films included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has died. He was 98. The character actor began his film career in 1956 after 10 years on stage and was admired for his wide range in a career spanning six decades, for which he received an honorary Oscar in 2011. He also played Mr. Freeze on the campy '60s series Batman. Wallach's last film role was in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010.


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Wow. I thought he was gone long ago...


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I feel his funniest [cameo] was as the man in the barrel of oil in Circle Of Iron.

#1 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-25 08:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

I saw The Good, the Bad & the Ugly in a theater for about 65 cents. I feel old.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-06-25 08:50 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Eli did an Emmy Award-winning turn in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in which he played a WW2 vet turned comedy writer who had been blacklisted. Episode 6, "The Wrap Party". Check it out.

#3 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-06-26 12:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

I wish I had wrote this. Here's the greatest tribute, short and sweet, I've ever read for any actor:

"Eli: 98 years old. WWII vet. Married 66 years.3 kids 50+ movies. Danced with Marilyn. Raised hell with Clint Eastwood. That's how it's done." - A. O. Scott, New York Times film critic and Wallach's nephew.


#4 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-06-26 09:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#1 Wow, I haven't seen that movies in YEARS, but you're right. In a movie full of odd characters, his is the one everyone remembers.

RIP, Tuco.

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-06-26 11:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Tuco carried those spaghetti westerns. Eastwood came along for the ride!

#6 | Posted by john47 at 2014-06-26 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

I guess "the good" doesn't die young. Neither does "the ugly"

#7 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-06-26 12:49 PM | Reply | Flag:


#8 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-06-26 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

The Good The Bad and The Ugly is on my list of twenty all time favorite movies. Eli Wallach killed it as the low life mexicano treasure thief. "Hey Blondie".

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-26 02:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

#9 Yes, he killed it. I saw that as a kid and he was the most memorable, as great as Blondie and Angel Eyes were. Especially the bath tub scene where the guy seeking revenge on Tuco explains how he learned to shoot with his left hand and gets smoked while he's blabbing away. "When you have to shoot, shoot--don't talk"...classic... Wonder if they were thinking about this scene when they did a similar thing in Raiders of the Lost Ark. RIP Tuco Benedicto

#10 | Posted by babyhuey at 2014-06-26 04:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Are they sure he just died! He looks pretty dead in the article!

#11 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-06-26 07:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Move your ass Bissel!!

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-06-27 12:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

One of the greatest of the truly great character actors. RIP.

#13 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-06-27 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?

--Tuco in TGTB&TU, restored version.

#14 | Posted by madscientist at 2014-06-27 10:43 PM | Reply | Flag:


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