"Let me tell you a little about myself. As an actor I've played more bandits, thieves, killers, war lords, molesters and mafiose that you can shake a stick at... As a civilian I collect antique clocks, tell endless stories of my days as a medic in World War II, watch every tennis match, live for my family, daily mail, run the dishwasher, take pictures of faces in the bark of trees..." - Eli Wallach, 2010 Governors Awards Acceptance Speech
If Eli Wallach wasn't already the subject of my adoration now I have a new reason to fawn over him. He collected antique clocks! It's been said that the ticking of the clocks helped him think. When asked what he would do if he wasn't an actor, Wallach said, “I’d open a little clock shop somewhere... I collect little clocks. Don’t ask me why. My wife has no concept of time. I get to places twenty minutes before and she’s always late.” (Source)
Watch A.O. Scott's video of his visit with is uncle Eli Wallach in 2010 on the New York Times website. You can catch a glimpse in the background of a few antique clocks adorning Wallach's shelves in his Manhattan apartment. God speed Eli Wallach!
My series Stars & Their Hobbies explores how notable actors and actresses from Hollywood history spent their free time. Click here to view a complete list of entries.