Eli Wallach - Rotten Tomatoes

Eli Wallach

Lowest Rated:   8% Mama's Boy (2007)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Long before earning his B.A. from the University of Texas and his M.A. in Education from C.C.N.Y., Eli Wallach made his first on-stage appearance in a 1930 amateur production. After World War II service and intensive training at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, the bumpy-nosed, gravel-voiced Wallach debuted on Broadway in Skydrift (1945). In 1951, he won a Tony award for his portrayal of Alvaro Mangiaco in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo. Though a staunch advocate of "The Method," Wallach could never be accused of being too introspective on-stage; in fact, his acting at times was downright ripe -- but deliciously so. He made his screen debut in Baby Doll (1956) playing another of Tennessee Williams' abrasive Latins, in this instance the duplicitous Silva Vaccaro; this performance earned Wallach the British equivalent of the Oscar. He spent the bulk of his screen time indulging in various brands of villainy, usually sporting an exotic accent (e.g., bandit leader Calvera in The Magnificent Seven [1960]). Perhaps his most antisocial onscreen act was the kidnapping of Hayley Mills in The Moon-Spinners (1965). Even when playing someone on "our" side, Wallach usually managed to make his character as prickly as possible: a prime example is Sgt. Craig in The Victors (1963), who manages to be vituperative and insulting even after his face is blown away. Busy on stage, screen, and TV into the 1990s, Wallach has played such unsavory types as a senile, half-blind hitman in Tough Guys (1986) and candy-munching Mafioso Don Altobello in The Godfather III (1990). He continued to work steadily into the 1990s with parts in the Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes, the remake of Night and the City, Article 99, and narrating a number of documentaries. He didn't slow down much at all during the 21st century, appearing in the comedy Keepin the Faith, Clint Eastwood's Oscar Winning Mystic River, and The Hoax. In 2010 he acted for Roman Polanski in his thriller The Ghost Writer, and for Oliver Stone in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which was to be his last film role; Wallach died in 2014 at age 98.His television work has included an Emmy-winning performance in the 1967 all-star TV movie The Poppy Is Also a Flower and the continuing role of mob patriarch Vincent Danzig in Our Family Honor. Married since 1948 to actress Anne Jackson, Wallach has appeared on-stage with his wife in such plays as The Typists and the Tiger, Luv, and Next, and co-starred with her in the 1967 comedy film The Tiger Makes Out. Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson are the parents of special effects director Peter Wallach.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Root
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Honey Sweet Love
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Gerard
  • Actor
2011
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Julie Stenhardt
$52.5M 2010
90% Ahead of Time
  • Mordechai Rossman
$33.5k 2010
84% The Ghost Writer
  • Vineyard Old Man
$11.1M 2010
No Score Yet Just Laugh!
  • Actor
2010
37% New York, I Love You
  • Abe (Joshua Marston segment)
$1.6M 2009
33% Tickling Leo
  • Emil Pikler
2009
44% The Toe Tactic
  • Maestro
2009
8% Mama's Boy
  • Seymour Warburton
2007
87% Constantine's Sword
  • Piero Terracina
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
86% The Hoax
  • Noah Dietrich
$7.1M 2007
49% The Holiday
  • Arthur Abbott
$63.3M 2006
No Score Yet James Dean: Sense Memories
  • Actor
2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
71% King of the Corner
  • Sol Spivak
2005
No Score Yet The Real James Dean: From Indiana Farmboy To Hollywood Legend
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Easter Egg Adventure
  • Narrator
2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Reconstructing 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Leone Style
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Leone's West
  • Actor
2004
88% Mystic River
  • Liquor Store Owner [uncredited]
$88.8M 2003
No Score Yet Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Rita
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet American Masters
  • Reader
2003
No Score Yet I sogni nel mirino
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Advice and Dissent
  • Actor
2002
67% Monday Night Mayhem
  • Leonard Goldenson
2002
No Score Yet Taste of Jupiter
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Typists
  • Actor
2002
69% Keeping the Faith
  • Rabbi Lewis
2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Uninvited
  • Strasser
1999
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet
  • Deluca
1999
No Score Yet Slapstick, Too!
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • Actor
1997
28% The Associate
  • Fallon
1996
14% Two Much
  • Sheldon
1996
No Score Yet Search for Dracula
  • Narrator
1996
No Score Yet Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey
  • Narrator
1995
57% Night and the City
  • Peck
1992
No Score Yet Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story
  • Bill Presser
1992
No Score Yet Legacy of Lies
  • Moses Resnick
1992
43% Article 99
  • Abrams
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • William Crook
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • William Crook
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • William Crook
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • William Crook
1992
72% Mistress
  • Lieberhoff
1991
No Score Yet A Family Matter
  • Frank Latella
1991
68% The Godfather, Part III
  • Don Altobello
1990
87% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
  • Don Altobello
1990
64% The Two Jakes
  • Cotton Weinberger
1990
No Score Yet The Impossible Spy
  • Yacov
1987
36% Nuts
  • Dr. Herbert A. Morrison
1987
53% Tough Guys
  • Leon B. Little
1986
No Score Yet Something in Common
  • Norman Voss
1986
No Score Yet Rocket to the Moon
  • Mr. Prince
1986
No Score Yet Spark Among the Ashes
  • Narrator
1986
No Score Yet Embassy
  • Joe Verga
1985
No Score Yet Murder: By Reason of Insanity
  • Dr. Huffman
1985
No Score Yet Sam's Son
  • Sam Orowitz
1984
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Executioner's Song
  • Uncle Vern Damico
1982
No Score Yet The Wall
  • Mauritzi Apt
1982
No Score Yet Skokie
  • Bert Silverman
1981
No Score Yet The Pride of Jesse Hallam
  • Sal Galucci
1981
No Score Yet The Salamander
  • Leporello
1981
50% The Hunter
  • Ritchie Blumenthal
1980
88% Winter Kills
  • Joe Diamond
1979
No Score Yet Firepower
  • Sal Hyman
1979
43% Circle of Iron
  • Man-in-Oil
1979
No Score Yet Sabbath of Peace
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie
  • Vince Marlowe/Pop
1978
96% Girlfriends
  • Rabbi Gold
1978
20% The Domino Principle
  • Gen. Tom Reser
1977
48% The Deep
  • Adam Coffin
1977
No Score Yet Nasty Habits
  • Monsignor
1977
50% The Sentinel
  • Gatz
1977
No Score Yet Aces High
  • Cacopoulos
1976
No Score Yet Independence
  • Benjamin Franklin
1976
No Score Yet Il Bianco, il giallo, il nero (White, the Yellow, and the Black)(Shoot First... Ask Questions Later)
  • Black
1975
No Score Yet Stateline Motel
  • Joe
1975
No Score Yet Crazy Joe
  • Don Vittorio
1974
No Score Yet Don't Turn the Other Cheek
  • Actor
1974
63% Cinderella Liberty
  • Lynn Forshay
1973
No Score Yet The Chill Factor
  • Frank Enari
1973
No Score Yet Viva la muerte... tua! (Don't Turn the Other Cheek) (Long Live Your Death)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Romance of a Horsethief
  • Kifke
1971
No Score Yet The People Next Door
  • Arthur Mason
1970
No Score Yet The Angel Levine
  • Store clerk
1970
No Score Yet Zig Zag
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Ace High
  • Cacopoulos
1969
No Score Yet Le Cerveau (The Brain)
  • Frankie Scannapieco
1969
20% MacKenna's Gold
  • Ben Baker
1969
No Score Yet How to Save a Marriage---and Ruin Your Life
  • Harry Hunter
1968
No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out
  • Ben Harris
1967
97% The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Tuco
1966
No Score Yet The Poppy Is Also a Flower
  • Locarno
1966
100% How to Steal a Million
  • Davis Leland
1966
No Score Yet Genghis Khan
  • The Shah of Khwarezm
1965
57% Lord Jim
  • General
1965
No Score Yet Kisses For My President
  • Raphael Valdez Jr.
1964
No Score Yet The Moon-Spinners
  • Stratos
1964
No Score Yet Act One
  • Warren Stone
1963
20% The Victors
  • Sgt. Craig
1963
57% Twice Told Tales
  • Actor
1963
86% How the West Was Won
  • Charlie Gant
1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • John
1962
97% The Misfits
  • Guido Dellini
1961
No Score Yet Seven Thieves
  • Poncho/Baron von Roelitz
1960
89% The Magnificent Seven
  • Calvera
1960
No Score Yet Lullaby
  • Actor
1960
94% Some Like It Hot
  • Actor
1959
86% The Lineup
  • Dancer
1958
85% Baby Doll
  • Silva Vacarro
1956
No Score Yet Danger
  • Actor
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 2019
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1992
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
  • Voice
  • 2010
  • 1994
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Bernard Zimberg
  • 2009
67% The War
2007
  • Voice
  • 2007
74% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2006-2007
  • Eli Weintraub
  • 2006
26% Whoopi
2003-2004
  • Norman
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Langston
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Masters
1986
  • Reader
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 1999
79% The Education of Max Bickford
2001-2002
  • Jay Bickford
  • 2002
100% The Job
2001-2002
  • Guest
  • Mr. Weiss
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990
  • Union Worker Simon Vilanis
  • 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Salvatori
  • 1988
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
  • Gene Malloy Tim Charles
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Mr. Prince
  • 1986
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • Lee Curtain
  • 1975
  • 1974
72% Batman
1966-1968
  • Mr. Freeze
  • 1967
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
  • Gerry Williams

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