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Eli Wallach dead at 98: 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' among his many films

Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
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Veteran character actor Eli Wallach died in New York on June 24, 2014. He was 98. According to the Associated Press, Wallach's son, Peter, confirmed on June 25, 2014, that his father passed away from natural causes.

Wallach (who was born in New York City on Dec. 7, 1915) appeared in numerous stage and screen projects throughout his long career. He is best known for his roles in the 1960s movies "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Magnificent Seven." His other notable movies included "Baby Doll," "The Misfits," "The Godfather III," "Mystic River," "The Ghost Writer" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." Having studied at the Actors' Studio, Wallach was known as an early adopter of Method acting, which in an actor uses past experiences to personify a role.

In 1948, Wallach married actress Anne Jackson, who frequently co-starred with him in many stage and screen productions. He is survived by Jackson and their three Peter, Roberta and Katherine. (Peter is an animator, while Roberta and Katherine are actresses.)

Eli Wallach won a Tony Award in 1951 for his supporting role in the "The Rose Tattoo." He never won an Oscar, but he was given an honorary Academy Award in 1990. In 2005, his memoir "The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage" was published. On television, Wallach made guest appearances on several shows, including "Batman," "L.A. Law," "Highway to Heaven," "Law & Order" and "Nurse Jackie."

Fellow actors paid tribute to Wallach in statements issued to the public. Robert De Niro issued this statement: "He was as wonderful a person as he was an actor. He will be missed."

Other actors commented on Twitter:

Hugh Jackman: "Rest in peace Eli Wallach. Truly one of the greats."

Mia Farrow: "Rest in peace Eli Wallach. Truly one of the greats."

Harvey Fierstein: "Sad to hear that darling ELI WALLACH has passed. Just telling stories about him yesterday. He was the real thing, folks."

Emmy Rossum: "RIP Eli Wallach... a career and life to be remembered.... a joy to behold on screen... the kindest man."

Jeffrey Wright: "RIP Eli Wallach - a great actor of the old school."

Christopher Meloni: "Watch the Good, The Bad And The Ugly. RIP Eli Wallach."

Dean Norris: "RIP Eli Wallach. An actors actor. An inspiration."

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