Eli Wallach — a look back at his memorable roles

A fond farewell to one of the stage and screen's finest character actors.

Film lovers are bidding farewell to another beloved patriarch and talented character actor this week: Eli Wallach. 

The 98-year-old, multiple award-winner died in his Manhattan home on June 24.

A little shifty, a little raspy and always endearing, Wallach always bore a singular glint in his eye and mischievous grin, portraying villains, crooks, little old Jewish men and other "ethnic" characters.

He came to prominence on Broadway, where he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Mangiacavallo in Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tattoo (1951), and he performed in more than 20 Broadway shows since the '40s — many opposite wife Anne Jackson.

Wallach's late-career film appearances were no less feisty and included  Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Godfather IIIAnalyze This and Analyze That, as Jelly — "he stabbed himself in the back four times and threw himself off a bridge” — and  Bullets over Broadway, as Nick Valenti. Some of his more memorable roles include the following: 

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