“Forgotten Hollywood”- Eli Wallach Receives Honorary Oscar

Posted on November 13, 2010 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Congratulations to Eli Wallach, who shall receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in a private ceremony tonight. The 94-year old character actor has previously won Emmys and Tonys for his stellar work on television and stage. He was also one of the major contributors to the development of the Spaghetti Western genre of the 1960’s.

Eli_Wallach_in_Baby_Doll_trailer   Among the more well-known roles he has appeared:  The Misfits, The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Godfather Pt. III, and The Two Jakes. And, legend has it – Wallach was originally cast in From Here To Eternity. However, Frank Sinatra replaced him with the reported influence by his Underworld connections. Sinatra went on to win an Oscar for his role (as Maggio) in the film. Wallach would wait two years before his motion picture debut in Baby Doll.

   On television, he was a staple during its Golden Age, and was cast in numerous programs including:  Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One, Playhouse 90, Naked City, and Batman (as the villain Mr. Freeze). On Broadway, he co-starred in iconic dramas including:  Mr. Roberts, The Rose Tattooand The Teahouse of the August Moon.

   Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History salutes the consistently fine performances of Eli Wallach, and his monumental accolade tonight!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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