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Eli Wallach, classic movie star, dies at 98

Eli Wallach, a veteran film and television actor, died on June 24, 2014.
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Eli Wallach, an actor remembered by classic movie fans for his roles in films like "Baby Doll" (1956), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), and "The Misfits" (1961), died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the age of 98. The Brooklyn native had over 150 film and television credits to his name, with a career that spanned more than half a century.

Wallach's obituary in The New York Times emphasized his stage and television work, but fans of classic Westerns recognized him as a regular presence in the genre, particularly during the 1960s. He had a major role as the villain in "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), and his later Western films included "How the West Was Won" (1962), "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966), and "Mackenna's Gold" (1969).

Although Wallach racked up Emmy nominations for his television work and scored a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in "Baby Doll," the actor never received an Oscar nomination for his long and varied film career. In 2011, however, he was presented with an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.

For more of Eli Wallach's classic film roles, see "The Lineup" (1958), "The Victors" (1963), and "How to Steal a Million" (1966). Wallach published his memoirs, "The Good, The Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage," in 2006, and the book is currently available in paperback for those interested in learning more about the actor's life and career. Wallach is survived by his wife, actress Anne Jackson, and their three children.

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