RIP Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach was a legend.
Typing that almost seems redundant, it almost seems like I cannot type enough words to make that statement clear. Eli Wallach's had a career that seemed to span lifetimes. He had a filmography that listed more than 45 different roles in the movies. Wallach was a guy who if you saw him in his young prime, you may not have recognized him when you saw him in the sequel to "Wall Street" that came out in 2010. That's how far his time in the movies goes. That is how long the story of Eli Wallach lasts.
Wallach worked with Audrey Hepburn in "How To Steal A Million," he worked with Clint Eastwood in "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," and he worked with Al Pacino in "The Godfather Part III." He appeared in things as funny as "Nuts" in 1987 and he appeared in things as scary as "The Sentinel." I will not pretend like I have seen all of Wallach's films, because I have not. I have not even began to scratch the surface of this great man's career. That may make writing a reflection of this man a little tough, but I will do my very best. If I tried to write about everything I have seen with him, and what it all meant to me, it would take all night and probably most of the day.
My favorite films featuring Eli Wallach were "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Westerns were essential to my movie-watching diet growing up and so I saw quite a few of them. In those movies, Wallach created great range within just two movies. He was zany and even heroic between the two films and he could not have brought life to two more different characters. I also quite liked him in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps." I thought "Lord Jim" was pretty cool and "Keeping The Faith" was pretty funny. There are several movies in that line-up that are completely different from each other. It just goes to show how good he was.
Eli Wallach will be missed, and now I plan to catch up with everything he has been in.