ELI HERSCHELL WALLACH: 1915-2014…

June 26th, 2014


As a freshman at Colorado State University in 1974, I remember gathering for beer and a television marathon of Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with my floormates. Clint Eastwood’s uomo senza nome was brilliant, but Blondie needed Eli Wallach’s Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez to be great.

2 Responses to “ELI HERSCHELL WALLACH: 1915-2014…”

  1. Fred O'Neill says:

    Eli Wallach was great! While most youngsters only remember him as “Tuco” in TGTBATU, he brought gritty realism into his roles in Elia Kazan’s “Baby Doll” and John Huston’s “The Misfits” where his oddball weirdness countered the thinly-disguised Hollywood glamour of Gable and Monroe … And he was likewise great as the bandit chief in “The Magnificent Seven” who said “If God had not wanted them sheared, he would not have made them sheep” … Vaya con Dios!

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Good morning Fred,

    As I looked at his filmography at IMDB this morning I was amazed at the number of roles he had taken on over his lifetime.

    The man could play anything and anybody, the mark of a great actor.

    When I was considering videos, I torn between Wallach’s roles at Tuco or Calvera.

    That both of these westerns began as samurai movies in Japan is significant, I think.

    Do all you can to make today a good day,

    Jeff

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