Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tuco Won't Be Down For Breakfast...

Eli Wallach dies: Character actor known for ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was 98
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.

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).
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.

Who can ever forget Tuco's sage advice?

Rest in Peace, Eli.

That is all.


Brad_in_MA said...

For you and all of your readers . . . get a copy of Wallach's memoir. It's called:
"The Good, The Bad, and Me." Was published about 8-10 years ago.

Not only was Wallach a terrific actor, he was an incredible story-teller.

I too will miss his work. Just last week I watched "Keeping the Faith" with My Progeny. Wallach did his usual bang-up job of playing the senior Rabbi.

- Brad

Sigivald said...

It's hard to truly mourn that sort of passing, especially given the life Wallach led.


My reaction to things like this is not "oh, what a tragedy!" or the like, but "damn, he had a good run."

Dave H said...

Sigivald: Agreed. In my case it's usually with a little bit of envy, something like "I wish I could have gone out like that."

Arthur said...

"The Good, the Bad, and Me"

You left out the subhead - "In My Anecdotage" Which is enough to make be buy it right now.

There are very few actors whose characters - even the slimy ones - I wind up liking. Wallach's are one of them.