Eli Wallach Passes Away at 98

Posted Wednesday June 25, 2014 11:40 AM GMT

He truly watched Hollywood evolve over a century and sadly Eli Wallach died on Tuesday (June 24) at 98 years of age.

While his most famous work may have been “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” Wallach spent over sixty years performing in movies, television and stage productions.

In fact, Eli was such as master of the theater that he won a Tony Award in 1951 for his work in “The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams on Broadway.

And in 2010, Wallach received an honorary Oscar trophy from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences despite the fact that he’d actually never been nominated.

During his acceptance speech, Eli declared, “As an actor, I’ve played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at. As a civilian I collect antique clocks, tell angular stories of my days as a medic in World War II, watch every tennis match, live for my family, daily mail, run the dishwasher, take pictures of faces in the bark of trees. I’m deeply moved by this honor. Your recognition of my artistry makes something very dear to me. I don’t act to live, I live to act.”

Married 66 years to his wife Anne Jackson, Eli has three children as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed and forever beloved!

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