Beloved actor Eli Wallach, who starred in films such as The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits and The Godfather: Part III, died on Tuesday, June 24, his daughter Katherine told the The New York Times. He was 98.
After studying theater at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan, Eli made his Broadway debut in 1945, later winning a Tony Award for Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo. He went on to make his big-screen debut in 1956’s Baby Doll.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly star was honored with a special Oscar in 2010, noting that throughout his five decades in Hollywood, he “played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at.”
But while his characters’ lives on screen were often action-packed, in his downtime, Eli enjoyed tame hobbies such as collecting antique clocks and watching tennis.
In 2006, he charmed a new generation with his supporting role opposite Kate Winslet in The Holiday.
While honoring the Brooklyn-native at a 2008 event, the actress told the crowd, which included Eli’s longtime wife Anne Jackson: “Eli Wallach is my very own Sexiest Man Alive! The truth is Annie, if I had been around 60 years ago, you would have had some tough competition!”
He is survived by Anne, as well as their three children.