Home Celebrity Eli Wallach, Famed Actor, Dies at Age 98

Eli Wallach was one of the greats, not just in movies but in television theater as well. He and Anne Jackson were one New York’s most famous and enduring acting couples, as well. Wallach passed away last night at age 98. Awards? Wallach received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2010. He won one Emmy, and had four other nominations. But his contribution to the early days of TV, when groundbreaking, important work was shown, cannot be overestimated. When he won his Tony Award on Broadway in 1951 for Best Actor in “The Rose Tattoo,” Eli Wallach had been acting continuously for 6 years on the Great White Way beginning in 1945. RIP. What a life, what a career.

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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