Eli Wallach, a celebrated stage and film actor who excelled at playing impulsive characters across the ethnic spectrum, memorably as Mexican bandits in the 1960s movie westerns “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” died June 24 at his home in Manhattan. He was 98.I hope I make it to 98, folks. It's hard to truly mourn that sort of passing, especially given the life Wallach led. From "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" to "The Godfather III" to appearing in films as late as four years ago, that's a darn good run. If I'm still able to work when I'm 94 years old, I would consider that a damn good thing.
His secretary, Jim Urbom, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.
The son of Polish Jews, Mr. Wallach was in constant demand to play nearly every kind of ethnic character on stage and screen in a career that spanned seven decades. He initially burst to prominence on Broadway, where he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of a prideful and buffoonish Sicilian named Mangiacavallo in Tennessee Williams’s “The Rose Tattoo” (1951).
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Rest in Peace, Eli.
That is all.