Eli Wallach

October 10, 2010 by staff 

Eli Wallach, (CBS) Actor Eli Wallach steals the scene more than once in the new movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” . . . which is roughly what it has always done in a career spanning over half a century. This morning he spoke to our Tracy Smith:

In the streets of Manhattan, the 94-year-old was welcomed with reverence many actors would kill for.

“How do you find that? Wait till my wife sees this! “Said Eli Wallach.

“You’re a good man. I loved all your movies!” said a bystander.

On a short walk a few days ago, fans admire Wallach stopped at every corner.

“You got it? Oh, you did!”

No wonder: At an age when most players are long forgotten, Eli Wallach can still hypnotize.

In “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Wallach is a wise old banker, who predicted a financial Apocalypse.

The whistle he uses in a disturbing scene is actually something Wallach came to himself, having forgotten the original row.

“The director said,” Agenda. “And I said…. So I thought I’d better say something. So I looked forward to man and I say, “This is the end of the world, Bill. And then I put in (). And he came running and told me:” Keep this in I want you to have this line ‘and that’s what I did for the rest. ”

It is only the flight performance last scene of a man who had so it is difficult to count.

“Do you consider the number of roles you’ve played? Smith asked.

Wallach just laughed.

An actor since his teens, Brooklyn-born Eli Wallach has a team of five years in the Army that led to the heart of Nazi Germany. And when it was finished, he headed for Broadway.

He won a Tony Award in 1951 for “The Rose Tattoo” written by his good friend Tennessee Williams.

Two years later, Wallach was cast in another Williams’ play “Camino Real”, but a lack of funding being held up production. And while waiting for money to come through, he asked again a great film Burt Lancaster together on a military base in Hawaii.

“I auditioned for a job, and got the job, he said the role in” From Here to Eternity “.

“You were supposed to be Maggio?” Smith asked.

“I was Maggio. I got the part. ”

But then, the game was back on.

“I have the money for the game, and I said, ‘I’m going to play,” said Wallach. “Although I was signed for the film.”

Wallach play closed after a few months, while the part of Angelo Maggio went to Frank Sinatra . . ., which had an Oscar winning performance.

“Every time I saw Sinatra later he said:” Hello, you crazy actor! “Wallach laughed.

The only constant in life is his wife Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, actress. The two were married in 1948.

“The first five years we were together we spent with Tennessee Williams, making his pieces,” said Wallach.

“I taught him everything he knows about the action!” Jackson laughed.

When asked what was the secret of their long marriage – 62 years – Wallach said: “I do not know, I did not want a divorce I loved her, we fight and argue and stuff, but we … agreement. ”

Next month, the actor will receive an honorary Oscar for the long list of great movie moments he created.

Eli Wallach is grateful, but all he really wants to do is make this long list even longer.

“So, do you always look forward to finding a good job?” Smith asked.

“Yeah, I want to work,” said Wallach. “Now, I am now an old man. Right? Pearl Harbor day is my birthday, December 7. I was born in 1915. I’m going to 95 years. I must be careful. I must keep my energy going. And I have to surprise people and have people say, ‘Oh, he’s so old, but it is so nice! “And all of this.

“That’s what I do. I do!” he laughs.

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