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.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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