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Eli Wallach Biography

Birth Name:
Eli Herschel Wallach
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Appeared in a University of Texas production with Ann Sheridan and Walter Cronkite
  • While serving in the U
  • S
  • Army in France during WWII, cowrote (and played Hitler in) a satirical revue titled This Is the Army
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1945, costarring with 13-year-old Rita Moreno, in Skydrift
  • Was originally tapped for the role in the 1953 classic From Here to Eternity that earned Frank Sinatra an Oscar
  • His first film, the 1956 Tennessee Williams drama Baby Doll, was banned by the Catholic Legion of Decency; he played a Sicilian lusting after a Texas teen bride
  • Was one of three actors to play the villain Mr
  • Freeze on the Batman television series starring Adam West
  • The others were George Sanders and Otto Preminger
  • Published an autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage, in 2005
  • Is the great-uncle of New York Times film critic A
  • O
  • Scott


  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1967Emmy-Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama: winner
  • 1957Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Film: winner