Eli Herschel Wallach was born on 7 December 1915, in Brooklyn, New York Cuty USA, to Bertha and Abraham Wallach, of Polish Jewish descent. He was an actor, probably best known for his roles in the films “The Misfits”, ” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. He passed away in June 2014.
A noted actor, how wealthy was Eli Wallach? Sources state that Wallace had acquired a net worth of over $6 million, accumulated during his acting career which spanned almost 70 years.
Eli Wallach Net Worth $6 Million Dollars
Wallach grew up in Red Hook, Brooklyn, along with his three siblings. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining a degree in history in 1936, and then enrolled at the College of the City of New York, gaining a master’s degree in education.
During his education, Wallach became interested in acting and took classes at the acclaimed Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner. Unfortunately, in 1941 his education in acting was interrupted by being drafted into the US Army to serve in World War II. He returned to New York City after serving, and studied acting at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School, taught by Lee Strasberg after becoming a founding member of the Actors Studio. Wallach made his Broadway debut in late 1945 in the play “The Rose Tattoo”, gaining critical acclaim as well as a Tony Award. He went on to spend the following ten years on stage, appearing in numerous productions including “Mister Roberts”, “Major Barbara”, “Staircase” and “Anthony and Cleopatra”, to name a few. He made many of his performances with his wife, Anne Jackson, and they became one of the best known acting couples. His net worth grew steadily too.
Wallach made his film debut in 1956, starring as Silva Vacarro in the controversial “Baby Doll”, earning a BAFTA Award for “most Promising Newcomer” at the age of 40! Several major parts in classics followed, such as playing a Mexican bandit in “The Magnificent Seven” in 1960. In 1961, he was cast in the film “The Misfits”, co-starring with Marilyn Monroe, his close friend, and his performance as Guido has remained one of his best known ones, greatly contributing to his popularity and to his net worth as well.
The actor went on to land roles in the war drama “The Victors”, and in the comedies “Kisses for My President” and “How to Steel a Million”, gaining additional praise. In 1966 he was cast in the ‘spaghetti western’ “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” with Clint Eastwood, playing the Italian bandit Tuco, which has been considered one of his most memorable performances that reinforced his status in Hollywood, confirming his versatility, and significantly improving his wealth.
Wallach remained active on the big screen throughout the remainder of the ’60s and into the ’70s, with prominent parts in films such as “Mackenna’s Gold”, “Cinderella Liberty”, “Crazy Joe” and “The Deep”, and in the television miniseries “Seventh Avenue”.
He tackled a variety of film, television and stage work during the ’80s as well. He landed roles in films such as “The Hunter”, “Sam’s Son” and “Tough Guys”, and had supporting roles in the television film “The Executioner’s Song” and in the series “Our Family Honor”. During this time he reunited with his wife for the Broadway comedy “Twice Around the Park”.
Wallach’s notable performances of the next decade include the films “The Two Jakes”, and “The Godfather: Part III”. As for stage, he appeared in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price” and performed with his wife in their tribute to Tennessee Williams in “Tennessee Williams Remembered”.
The actor remained in demand and active during the 2000s, well into his nineties at the time, appearing in films like “The Holiday”, ” Wall Street: Money Nеvеr Sleeps” аnd “Thе Ghost Writer”. His last film appearance was in “The Train”, which was released a year after his death.
Throughout his six-decade career, he appeared in over 90 films, several television projects and numerous stage productions, which enabled him to earn many awards and a considerable fortune.
In his personal life, in 1948 Wallach married stage actress Anne Jackson, with whom he remained until his death; the couple had three children. Eli Wallach died of natural causes in 2014 in New York City, being aged 98.
"Time" magazine once referred to Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson as "the proletarian Lunts.".
Made his Broadway debut in the service-oriented drama "Skydrift" directed by Roy Hargrave, who had coincidently directed Anne Jackson, Wallach's future wife, in her Broadway debut in "Signature" a few months earlier.
Served five years in the Army Medical Corps during World War II eventually reaching the rank of major.
Wallach played Sakini for a year in the London cast of "Teahouse of the August Moon." Among the aspiring young actors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts who worked backstage with scenery were Alan Bates, Peter O'Toole, and Albert Finney. Wallach later succeeded David Wayne in the part in the Broadway production.
After failing the New York teachers' exam, Wallach got a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse and spent two years there before graduating in 1940. Among his classmates were Gregory Peck, Lorne Greene, and Tony Randall.
He grew up in the only Jewish family in an otherwise all-Italian neighborhood, and gained fame from starring in an Italian Western. Appropriately enough, the name "Wallach" derives from the same Old German root word for which the Polish name for Italy, Wlochy, comes from.
He died from natural causes at his home in Manhattan, New York City.
Was the reader of the audio-book of Stephen King's novel "Insomnia".
He was friends with Walter Cronkite for over 70 years since they were both students at the University of Texas at Austin. Wallach was acknowledged at the Walter Cronkite memorial tribute at Lincoln Center and was in the audience.
In an interview on "Fresh Air" (at station WHYY in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, broadcast nationally on National Public Radio), he explained to Terry Gross that he learned to ride horses at the University of Texas: He took care of the polo ponies. During the filming of the The Magnificent Seven (1960), each morning he would ride a few hours with his gang.
Turned down the lead role of Harry Berlin in Luv (1967) that was eventually played by Jack Lemmon.
One of his fellow students at Parsons New School for Social Research in New York was Marlon Brando.
He had two hip replacements and had arthritis in his back.
While attending the University of Texas, he acted in many student plays. In one, he performed with fellow students Ann Sheridan and Walter Cronkite.
In his later years, he was blind in the left eye due to a stroke.
There was no official theater department at the University of Texas when he attended, so he joined a student organization called The Curtain Club to put on plays. One of the other students involved was future Governor of Texas John Connally.
He had five grandchildren.
He served for five years in the Army's Medical Administrative Corps during World War II, eventually attaining the rank of captain.
He had a brother and two sisters, all of whom became teachers.
One of his best known roles was the lead bandit Calvera in The Magnificent Seven (1960). Although his character was eventually defeated in the film, Wallach outlived six of the other seven stars, as Robert Vaughn is the only one who is still alive as of 2014, in spite the fact that he was older than all of them.
Is one of three actors to play the character of Mr. Freeze on Batman (1966) (The other two were George Sanders and Otto Preminger). He once said that he has received more fan mail for that role than for any other role he has ever done.
[on directing in 1983] I simply don't have the temperament or the patience. I once tried to direct a play, and everyone emerged like me. A good director is like a nursemaid, a guide, a psychologist, a friend, one who leaves you room to stretch and grow. I don't have the patience for that, so I don't try. Dustin did it in a movie and directed a play of Murray's -- and did it very well. I find that I simply want to be an actor... not a businessman, not an entrepreneur, not a conglomerate... just an actor.
John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence (1976). It plays in Philadelphia, for free. It's been playing there for 25 years.
I'd come out of the Army after five years as a medic. I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals, and I was a Captain in the Army at the end, in 1945.
So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts, beautiful hats, wonderful saddles, a great horse, and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it.
My wife says that stage acting is like being on a tightrope with no net, and being in the movies, there is a net - because you stop and go over it again. It's very technical and mechanical. On stage you're on your own.
Well, I was getting a lot of money then, and I wasn't getting any Hollywood films, so I just did those. I'd always do a play in between. Whenever I ran low on funds, I'd always rush off to do a movie somewhere.
Yes, I won the BAFTA. I thought the British were very intelligent.
Well, I've maybe gotten 200 requests for interviews about Marilyn, and I just decided I'm gonna do my own.
This country has a complex about age. It's unbelievable. If you're over thirty, you've had it in this country.
I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by [Elia] Kazan and was called Baby Doll (1956).
What is it in my makeup that makes me grab any offer and fly around the world? Will I ever be satisfied? Can't I ever just rest?
The trouble with that movie is that you had to see Chinatown (1974) the day before you saw The Two Jakes (1990).
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it.
I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly.
I love to tell stories and this is my way of getting them down on paper.
Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
And then the first was The Misfits (1961), which I enjoyed very much, with Marilyn and Gable.
But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s, and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.
Even if I don't want to slow down, I'm slowing down.
And I did Batman (1966), too. I did Mr. Freeze. I get more mail for him than anything I've ever done.
And that movie was underrated - Nuts (1987) - because it deals with a terrible subject, but It's very well done.
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
When I saw the movie, I said, "I wish I had heard the music. I would have ridden the horse differently.".
When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
But Clint [Eastwood] I love, because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
I never lost my appetite for acting.
Well, I go to the theater today, and its curtain - there is no curtain in this play; the lights go down and go up - and we start. And I live this character for two hours. There are only two of us in the play. And It's a complete experience.
I was at the premiere of The Holiday (2006), a movie I did with Kate Winslet. Surrounded by all these beautiful young women. And after they left, [wife Anne Jackson] comes up and says to me, "Honestly, I don't know what they see in you.".
The subtitle [of his memoir "The Good, the Bad and Me"] is "In My Anecdotage". Bill Clinton asked me if he could use it, and I said, "You sold two million copies of your book. How dare you try to steal my subtitle!".