What’s not to love about Eli Wallach? He could play despicable characters and still be utterly charming. And over the years his charisma grew and as an old man he was just adorable in both a sweet way and one that just lent itself to adoration. Eli Wallach is one of my favorite actors and I’m very saddened by the news of his death. However, I’m grateful he lived a long life, had a long and fruitful marriage to actress Anne Jackson and that he leaves behind a wonderful legacy of film and TV performances. God Speed Eli Wallach.
New York Times Article
New York Times Video
NPR Article and Audio
If you haven't watched Baby Doll (1956), you must and right away. Eli Wallach is conniving and incredibly sexy in his role as Silva Vacarro. The scene with Wallach and Baker on the swing will make your palms sweaty and set your heart racing. It's a powerful performance and one Wallach delivered in his very first movie role. Talent like that is rare and worthy of adoration.