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Eli Wallach (1915–2014)

One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach has been in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen and has worked alongside the biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole, and Al Pacino, to name but a few. Wallach was born on ... See full bio »

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 2015 The Train (Short)
 2010 The Ghost Writer
Old Man
 2009 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
Bernard Zimberg
 2007 Mama's Boy
Seymour Warburton
 2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Eli Weinraub
- The Wrap Party (2006) ... Eli Weinraub
 2005 Stroker and Hoop (TV Series)
- I Saw Stroker Killing Santa (2005) ... Narrator (voice)
 2005 A Taste of Jupiter
 2005 Character Studies (TV Series)
 2005 The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (Short)
Father (voice)
 2004 Testimony of the Human Spirit (Video)
 2004 The Easter Egg Adventure
Narrator (voice)
 2004 King of the Corner
Sol Spivak
 2004 Whoopi (TV Series)
- American Woman (2004) ... Norman
 2003/I The Root
 2003 ER (TV Series)
Mr. Langston
- A Boy Falling Out of the Sky (2003) ... Mr. Langston
 2003 Veritas: The Quest (TV Series)
- The Name of God (2003) ... Rabbi
 2002 Advice and Dissent (Short)
The Rebbe
 1992-2002 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Voice-overs / George McKinstry
- Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film (2002) ... Voice-overs
- The Donner Party (1992) ... George McKinstry (voice)
 2002 The Job (TV Series)
Mr. Weiss
- Betrayal (2002) ... Mr. Weiss
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Joe Franlangelo
- Kids: Part 1 (2001) ... Joe Franlangelo
 2000 The Bookfair Murders (TV Movie)
Erich Schmidt
 1999 Uninvited
 1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet (TV Movie)
 1998 The Devil's Twilight (Short)
Brooklyn Shopkeeper
 1996 Larry's Visit (Short)
 1996 O. Henry's Christmas (TV Movie)
Behrman (segment "The Last Leaf")
 1995 Two Much
 1994 Honey Sweet Love...
Don Siro
 1993 Bride of Violence 2 (TV Movie)
Frank Latella
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
- Stepping Back (1993) ... Joe
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
William Crook (voice)
 1992 Night and the City
 1992 Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV Movie)
Bill Presser
 1992 Law & Order (TV Series)
Simon Vilanis
 1992 Mistress
George Lieberhof
 1992 Legacy of Lies (TV Movie)
Moses Resnick
 1992 Article 99
Sam Abrams
 1991 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Adam Biel
- There Goes the Judge (1991) ... Judge Adam Biel
 1990 The Two Jakes
Cotton Weinberger
 1990 Bride of Violence (TV Movie)
Frank Latella
 1990 Screen Two (TV Series)
- The Impossible Spy (1990) ... Yacov
 1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Ira Abrams
- A Matter of Conscience (1989) ... Ira Abrams
 1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Yosef Kandinsky
- Kandinsky's Vault (1988) ... Yosef Kandinsky
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Salvatore Gambini
- A Very Good Year for Murder (1988) ... Salvatore Gambini
 1987 Nuts
Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
 1987 The Impossible Spy (TV Movie)
 1986-1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Gene Malloy / Tim Charles
- A Father's Faith (1987) ... Gene Malloy
- To Bind the Wounds (1986) ... Tim Charles
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Charles Burgess
- The Black Tomb (1987) ... Charles Burgess
 1986 Something in Common (TV Movie)
Norman Voss
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Prince
- Rocket to the Moon (1986) ... Mr. Prince
 1985 Embassy (TV Movie)
Joe Verga
 1984 Sam's Son
Sam Orowitz
 1984 Anatomy of an Illness (TV Movie)
Dr. William Hitzig
 1982 The Wall (TV Movie)
Mauritzi Apt
 1981 Skokie (TV Movie)
Bert Silverman
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Gerry Williams
- Shatterproof (1981) ... Gerry Williams
 1981 The Pride of Jesse Hallam (TV Movie)
Sal Galucci
 1981 The Salamander
General Leporello
 1980 Fugitive Family (TV Movie)
Olan Vacio
 1979 Guri
 1979 Winter Kills
Joe Diamond
 1978 The Pirate (TV Movie)
Ben Ezra
 1978 Movie Movie
Vince Marlow / Pop
 1978 Little Italy
Gerolamo Giarra (as Ely Wallach)
 1978 Girlfriends
Rabbi Gold
 1977 The Deep
Adam Coffin
 1977 Nasty Habits
 1977 The Sentinel
Detective Gatz
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
Gus Farber
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Gus Farber
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Gus Farber
 1976 Plot of Fear
Pietro Riccio
 1976 20 Shades of Pink (TV Movie)
 1975 Eye of the Cat
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Lee Curtin
- A Question of Answers (1975) ... Lee Curtin
 1975 Shoot First... Ask Questions Later
Sheriff Edward Gideon / aka Black Jack
 1975 Stateline Motel
 1974 Houston, We've Got a Problem (TV Movie)
Narrator, off-screen
 1974 Crazy Joe
Don Vittorio
 1974 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
- Compliments of the Season (1974) ... Fuzzy
 1974 Indict and Convict (TV Movie)
DeWitt Foster
 1973 Cinderella Liberty
Lynn Forshay
 1973 A Cold Night's Death (TV Movie)
Frank Enari
 1971 The Typists (TV Movie)
Paul Cunningham
 1971 Don't Turn the Other Cheek
Max Lozoya (as Ely Wallach)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Paradise Lost (1971) ... Leo
 1971 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
James Johnson Scott
- Legal Maneuver (1971) ... James Johnson Scott
 1970 The People Next Door
Arthur Mason
 1970 The Angel Levine
Delicatessen Clerk
 1970 Zig Zag
Mario Gambretti
 1970 The Reason Why (Short)
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
Ben Baker
 1969 The Brain
Frankie Scannapieco
 1968 Ace High
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Tennessee Fredericks
 1967 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Douglas Lambert
- Dear Friends (1967) ... Douglas Lambert
 1967 The Tiger Makes Out
Ben Harris
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
Mr. Freeze
- The Duo Defy (1967) ... Mr. Freeze
- Ice Spy (1967) ... Mr. Freeze
 1966 How to Steal a Million
Davis Leland
 1966 Danger Grows Wild
'Happy' Locarno
 1965 Genghis Khan
The Shah of Khwarezm
 1965 Lord Jim
The General
 1964 Kisses for My President
Raphael Valdez Jr.
 1961-1964 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
Narrator / Explanation
- The Synagogue and the Sacred: Part Three (1961) ... Explanation
 1963 Act One
Warren Stone
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Manny Jacobs
- Tomorrow, the Man (1962) ... Manny Jacobs
 1960-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Georgie / Detective Bane
- A Run for the Money (1962) ... Georgie
- A Death of Princes (1960) ... Detective Bane
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Sheriff Ned Devers
- A Bit of Glory (1962) ... Sheriff Ned Devers
 1960 Seven Thieves
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Johnny Horton
- Lullaby (1960) ... Johnny Horton
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Joseph Lanowski
- Birthright (1960) ... Joseph Lanowski
 1960 Lullaby (TV Movie)
Johnny Horton
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Alfred Eisenstaedt
- The Margaret Bourke White Story (1960) ... Alfred Eisenstaedt
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Rafael / Poskrebyshev
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 (1959) ... Rafael
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959) ... Rafael
- The Blue Men (1959)
- The Plot to Kill Stalin (1958) ... Poskrebyshev
 1958 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
- The Emperor's New Clothes (1958) ... Simon
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Raymond Perez
- My Father, the Fool (1958) ... Raymond Perez
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
 1958 The Lineup
 1958 Where Is Thy Brother? (TV Movie)
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
Ad Francis
- The World of Nick Adams (1957) ... Ad Francis
 1952-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Peter Hendon
- The Man Who Wasn't Himself (1957) ... Peter Hendon
- Stan, the Killer (1952)
 1957 The Lark (TV Movie)
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- A Fragile Affair (1956) ... Cristof
 1949-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Outsiders (1955) ... Nacho
- The Baby (1953)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Delicate Story (1954)
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Brownstone (1954)
 1952 The Web (TV Series)
- Deadlock (1952)
 1952 Danger (TV Series)
- The System (1952) ... Joe
 1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Portrait (1952)
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
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Stage: Appeared in "Ulysses" by James Joyce, off-Broadway. Directed by Burgess Meredith. Also in cast: Zero Mostel. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ely Wallach


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Personal Quote:

Even if I don't want to slow down, I'm slowing down. See more »


Was almost killed during the train scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). He was asked by Sergio Leone to do the scene again, and he then replied: "I'll never do that again!". See more »


Raspy gravelly voice

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