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Eli Wallach (1915–2014)


One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's 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... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Godfather: Part III
The Godfather: Part III Don Altobello
(1990)
The Magnificent Seven
(1960)
The Holiday
The Holiday Arthur
(2006)

Filmography

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 2015 The Train (Short)
Andre
 2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Julie Steinhardt
 2010 The Ghost Writer
Old Man
 2009 Tickling Leo
Emil Pikler
 2009 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
Bernard Zimberg
- Chicken Soup (2009) ... Bernard Zimberg
 2008 New York, I Love You
Abe (segment "Joshua Marston")
 2008 The Toe Tactic
Maestro
 2008 Vote and Die: Liszt for President
Joe Nightingale
 2007 Mama's Boy
Seymour Warburton
 2006 The Holiday
Arthur
 2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Eli Weinraub
- The Wrap Party (2006) ... Eli Weinraub
 2006 The Hoax
Noah Dietrich
 2005 Stroker and Hoop (TV Series)
Narrator
- I Saw Stroker Killing Santa (2005) ... Narrator (voice)
 2005 A Taste of Jupiter
Arturo
 2005 Character Studies (TV Series)
Host
 2005 The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (Short)
Father (voice)
 2004 Testimony of the Human Spirit (Video)
Narrator
 2004 The Easter Egg Adventure
Narrator (voice)
 2004 King of the Corner
Sol Spivak
 2004 Whoopi (TV Series)
Norman
- American Woman (2004) ... Norman
 2003/I The Root
 2003 Mystic River
Mr. Loonie - Liquor Store Owner (uncredited)
 2003 ER (TV Series)
Mr. Langston
- A Boy Falling Out of the Sky (2003) ... Mr. Langston
 2003 Veritas: The Quest (TV Series)
Rabbi
- The Name of God (2003) ... Rabbi
 2002 Advice and Dissent (Short)
The Rebbe
 2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Jay Bickford / Jay Bickford, Max's Father
- One More Time (2002) ... Jay Bickford
- Genesis (2002) ... Jay Bickford
- I Never Schlunged My Father (2002) ... Jay Bickford, Max's Father
 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
 2002 Monday Night Mayhem (TV Movie)
Leonard Goldenson
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Joe Franlangelo
- Kids: Part 1 (2001) ... Joe Franlangelo
 2000 Keeping the Faith
Rabbi Ben Lewis
 2000 The Bookfair Murders (TV Movie)
Erich Schmidt
 1999 Uninvited
Alan Strasser
 1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet (TV Movie)
Deluca
 1998 The Devil's Twilight (Short)
Brooklyn Shopkeeper
 1996 The Associate
Donald Fallon
 1996 Larry's Visit (Short)
 1996 Two Much
Sheldon
 1996 O. Henry's Christmas (TV Movie)
Behrman (segment "The Last Leaf")
 1994 Honey Sweet Love...
Don Siro
 1993 Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV Movie)
Frank Latella
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
Joe
- Stepping Back (1993) ... Joe
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
William Crook (voice)
 1992 Night and the City
Peck
 1992 Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV Movie)
Bill Presser
 1992 Law & Order (TV Series)
Simon Vilanis
- The Working Stiff (1992) ... 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 Godfather: Part III
Don Altobello
 1990 The Two Jakes
Cotton Weinberger
 1990 Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Latella
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Frank Latella
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Frank Latella
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Frank Latella
 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 Screen Two (TV Series)
Yacov
- The Impossible Spy (1987) ... Yacov
 1986-1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Gene Malloy / Timothy Charles
- A Father's Faith (1987) ... Gene Malloy
- To Bind the Wounds (1986) ... Timothy Charles
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Charles Burgess
- The Black Tomb (1987) ... Charles Burgess
 1986 Something in Common (TV Movie)
Norman Voss
 1986 Tough Guys
Leon B. Little
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Prince
- Rocket to the Moon (1986) ... Mr. Prince
 1985-1986 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
Vincent Danzig
- Crimes of Passion: Part 2 (1986) ... Vincent Danzig
- Crimes of Passion: Part 1 (1985) ... Vincent Danzig
- End of the Line (1985) ... Vincent Danzig
- Lone Justice (1985) ... Vincent Danzig
- Mark of Cain (1985) ... Vincent Danzig
 1985 Murder: By Reason of Insanity (TV Movie)
Dr. Huffman
 1985 Embassy (TV Movie)
Joe Verga
 1985 Christopher Columbus (TV Mini-Series)
Father Hernando De Talavera
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Father Hernando De Talavera
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Father Hernando De Talavera
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Father Hernando De Talavera
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Father Hernando De Talavera
 1984 Sam's Son
Sam Orowitz
 1984 Anatomy of an Illness (TV Movie)
Dr. William Hitzig
 1982 The Executioner's Song (TV Movie)
Uncle Vern Damico
 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
 1980 The Hunter
Ritchie Blumenthal
 1979 Guri
 1979 Winter Kills
Joe Diamond
 1979 Firepower
Sal Hyman
 1978 The Pirate (TV Movie)
Ben Ezra
 1978 Movie Movie
Vince Marlow (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Pop (Segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
 1978 Little Italy
Gerolamo Giarra (as Ely Wallach)
 1978 Girlfriends
Rabbi Gold
 1978 Circle of Iron
Man-in-Oil
 1977 The Deep
Adam Coffin
 1977 The Domino Principle
General Reser
 1977 Nasty Habits
Monsignor
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
Gus Farber
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Gus Farber
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Gus Farber
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Gus Farber
 1977 The Sentinel
Detective Gatz
 1976 E tanta paura
Peter Struwwel
 1976 Independence (Short)
Benjamin Franklin
 1976 20 Shades of Pink (TV Movie)
Henry
 1975 Attenti al buffone
Cesare
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Lee Curtin
- A Question of Answers (1975) ... Lee Curtin
 1975 Shoot First... Ask Questions Later
Sheriff Edward 'Black Jack' Gideon
 1974 Houston, We've Got a Problem (TV Movie)
Narrator, off-screen
 1974 Crazy Joe
Don Vittorio
 1974 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Fuzzy
- Compliments of the Season (1974) ... Fuzzy
 1974 Indict and Convict (TV Movie)
DeWitt Foster
 1973 Cinderella Liberty
Lynn Forshay
 1973 Stateline Motel
Joe
 1973 A Cold Night's Death (TV Movie)
Frank Enari
 1971 Don't Turn the Other Cheek
Max Lozoya (as Ely Wallach)
 1971 The Typists (TV Movie)
Paul Cunningham
 1971 Romansa konjokradice
Kifke
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
Leo
- 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 The Adventures of Gerard
Napoleon Bonaparte
 1970 Zig Zag
Mario Gambretti
 1970 The Reason Why (Short)
Charles
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
Ben Baker
 1969 The Brain
Frankie Scannapieco
 1968 Ace High
Cacopoulos
 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 The Poppy Is Also a Flower
'Happy' Locarno
 1965 Genghis Khan
The Shah Of Khwarezm
 1965 Lord Jim
The General
 1964 Kisses for My President
Raphael Valdez Jr.
 1964 The Moon-Spinners
Stratos
 1961-1964 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
Narrator / Explanation
- The Synagogue and the Sacred: Part Three (1961) ... Explanation
 1963 Act One
Warren Stone
 1963 The Victors
Sgt. Joe Craig
 1962 How the West Was Won
Charlie Gant
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Manny Jacobs
- Tomorrow, the Man (1962) ... Manny Jacobs
 1960-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Georgie / Detective Peter Bane
- A Run for the Money (1962) ... Georgie
- A Death of Princes (1960) ... Detective Peter Bane
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Sheriff Ned Danvers
- A Bit of Glory (1962) ... Sheriff Ned Danvers
 1961 The Misfits
Guido
 1960 The Magnificent Seven
Calvera
 1960 Seven Thieves
Poncho
 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
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
- I, Don Quixote (1959) ... Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
 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)
Narrator
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Simon
- 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 Where Is Thy Brother? (TV Movie)
Dan
 1958 The Lineup
Dancer
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Albert Anastasia
- Albert Anastasia - His Life and Death (1958) ... Albert Anastasia
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
George Simon
- Counsellor at Law (1957) ... George Simon
 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)
Dauphin
 1956 Baby Doll
Silva Vacarro
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Cristof
- A Fragile Affair (1956) ... Cristof
 1949-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Nacho
- 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)
Joe
- The System (1952) ... Joe
 1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Portrait (1952)
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Chairs" by Eugène Ionesco on Broadway. Directed by Tony Richardson. Also in cast: Joan Plowright. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Ely Wallach

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts, beautiful hats, wonderful saddles, a great horse, and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it. See more »

Trivia:

One of his fellow students at Parsons New School for Social Research in New York was Marlon Brando. See more »

Trademark:

Raspy gravelly voice See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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