Ten fun facts about Eli Wallach


Fact 1
His career has spanned more than six decades, beginning in the late 1940s.

Fact 2
For his performance as Silva Vacarro in Baby Doll, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and a Golden Globe nomination.

Fact 3
One of America's most prolific screen actors, Wallach has remained active well into his nineties, with roles as recently as 2010 in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Ghost Writer.


Fact 4
Wallach served as a United States Army staff sergeant in a military hospital in Hawaii during World War II.

Fact 5
Wallach took classes in acting at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York with the influential German director Erwin Piscator.

Fact 6
Wallach has received BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work.

Fact 7
He received an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards, presented on Nov. 13, 2010.

Fact 8
He gained his first Method experience at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City.

Fact 9
While attending the University of Texas, Wallach performed in a play with fellow students Ann Sheridan and Walter Cronkite.

Fact 10
His niece is historian Joan Wallach Scott (the daughter of his brother, Sam Wallach). A. O. Scott, a film critic for the New York Times, is his great-nephew.


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