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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 Magnificent Seven
The Holiday
The Holiday Arthur
Baby Doll
Baby Doll Silva Vacarro


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 2015 The Train (Short)
 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
 2008 New York, I Love You
Abe (segment "Joshua Marston")
 2008 The Toe Tactic
 2008 Vote and Die: Liszt for President
Joe Nightingale
 2007 Mama's Boy
Seymour Warburton
 2006 The Holiday
 2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Eli Weinraub
 2006 The Hoax
Noah Dietrich
 2005 Stroker and Hoop (TV Series)
 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)
 2003/I The Root
 2003 Veritas: The Quest (TV Series)
 2003 Mystic River
Mr. Loonie - Liquor Store Owner (uncredited)
 2003 ER (TV Series)
Mr. Langston
 2002 Advice and Dissent (Short)
The Rebbe
 2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Jay Bickford / Jay Bickford, Max's Father
 1992-2002 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Voice-overs / George McKinstry
 2002 The Job (TV Series)
Mr. Weiss
 2002 Monday Night Mayhem (TV Movie)
Leonard Goldenson
 2001 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
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)
 1998 The Devil's Twilight (Short)
Brooklyn Shopkeeper
 1996 O. Henry's Christmas (TV Movie)
Behrman (segment "The Last Leaf")
 1996 The Associate
Donald Fallon
 1996 Larry's Visit (Short)
 1995 Two Much
 1994 Honey Sweet Love...
Don Siro
 1993 Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV Movie)
Frank Latella
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
 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
 1990 Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Latella
 1990 The Godfather: Part III
Don Altobello
 1990 The Two Jakes
Cotton Weinberger
 1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Ira Abrams
 1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Yosef Kandinsky
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Salvatore Gambini
 1987 Nuts
Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
 1986-1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Gene Malloy / Timothy Charles
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Charles Burgess
 1986 Something in Common (TV Movie)
Norman Voss
 1986 Tough Guys
Leon B. Little
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Prince
 1985-1986 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
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
 1984 Sam's Son
Sam Orowitz
 1984 Anatomy of an Illness (TV Movie)
Dr. William Hitzig
 1982 The Executioner's Song (TV Movie)
Vern Damico
 1982 The Wall (TV Movie)
Mauritzi Apt
 1981 The Salamander
General Leporello
 1981 Skokie (TV Movie)
Bert Silverman
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Gerry Williams
 1981 The Pride of Jesse Hallam (TV Movie)
Sal Galucci
 1980 Fugitive Family (TV Movie)
Olan Vacio
 1980 The Hunter
Ritchie Blumenthal
 1979 Guri
 1979 Winter Kills
Joe Diamond
 1979 Firepower
Sal Hyman
 1978 Movie Movie
Vince Marlow (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Pop (Segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
 1978 The Pirate (TV Movie)
Ben Ezra
 1978 Little Italy
Gerolamo Giarra (as Ely Wallach)
 1978 Girlfriends
Rabbi Gold
 1978 Circle of Iron
 1977 The Deep
Adam Coffin
 1977 The Domino Principle
General Reser
 1977 Nasty Habits
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
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)
 1975 Attenti al buffone
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
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)
 1974 Indict and Convict (TV Movie)
DeWitt Foster
 1973 Cinderella Liberty
Lynn Forshay
 1973 Stateline Motel
 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
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
 1971 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
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)
 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
 1967 The Tiger Makes Out
Ben Harris
 1967 Batman (TV Series)
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
 1961-1964 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
Narrator / 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
 1960-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Georgie / Det. Peter Bane
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Sheriff Ned Danvers
 1961 The Misfits
 1960 The Magnificent Seven
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
 1960 Seven Thieves
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Joseph Lanowski
 1960 Lullaby (TV Movie)
Johnny Horton
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Johnny Horton
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Alfred Eisenstaedt
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Rafael / Poskrebyshev
 1958 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Raymond Perez
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
 1958 Where Is Thy Brother? (TV Movie)
 1958 The Lineup
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Albert Anastasia
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
George Simon
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
Ad Francis
 1952-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Peter Hendon
 1957 The Lark (TV Movie)
 1956 Baby Doll
Silva Vacarro
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "Amicable Parting")
 1956 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
 1949-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 The Web (TV Series)
 1952 Danger (TV Series)
 1952 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Sakimi") in "Teahouse of the August Moon" on Broadway. Produced by Maurice Evans, directed by Robert Lewis. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Ely Wallach


5' 10" (1.78 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do. See more »


After failing the New York teachers' exam, Wallach got a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse and spent two years there before graduating in 1940. Among his classmates were Gregory Peck, Lorne Greene, and Tony Randall. See more »


Delicate, dainty hand gestures when walking and running See more »

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