"When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk."
June 24, 2014 11:11 PM   Subscribe

Eli Wallach has died. At the ripe old age of 98, after a career spanning six decades.
posted by MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch (50 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

That scene with Marilyn Monroe toward the end of The Misfits, and so many other performances.

posted by Pudhoho at 11:15 PM on June 24

posted by j_curiouser at 11:17 PM on June 24 [8 favorites]

I just realized Tuco in Breaking Bad was probably named for Tuco in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
posted by MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch at 11:19 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]

There's one less type of person in this world. Thanks, Eli.
posted by sourwookie at 11:21 PM on June 24 [3 favorites]

posted by pompomtom at 11:25 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]

& .
posted by Monsieur Caution at 11:27 PM on June 24

" Hey, Blondie… you know what you are?

Just a dirty son of aaa-EEE-aaa-EEE-AAAAAHHH! …. wah waaaaah waaah…."

RIP Tuco.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:30 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]

posted by Cranberry at 11:31 PM on June 24 [1 favorite]

Iconic. Will always be remembered.
posted by davidmsc at 11:32 PM on June 24

Maybe he talked when he should have shot.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 11:40 PM on June 24 [2 favorites]

It's weird that the Variety article refers to Tuco as the "villain" of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, though. Tuco and Eastwood's character are morally ambiguous. Van Cleef's character, though, is unambiguously evil. I mean, he's "The Bad".
posted by mr_roboto at 11:43 PM on June 24 [5 favorites]

He blows the others out of the water in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Seriously, he makes Eastwood look like an Ironing Board.

posted by marienbad at 11:54 PM on June 24 [7 favorites]

posted by The World Famous at 11:55 PM on June 24

posted by Spatch at 12:11 AM on June 25

He was the best thing about Godfather Part III
posted by Optamystic at 12:26 AM on June 25


RIP The Original Mr. Freeze....

I have a theory about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: namely, that Tuco is the only actual person. Blondie is Tuco's Guardian Angel, Angel Eyes is the Devil, and Tuco....well, he's a classic Italian buffoon, a sinner in the hands of an angry god. Look at the way that both Blondie and Angel Eyes teleport between the cuts- they move across the west faster than humanly possible as they appear and disappear.

Anyways, one of the greatest character actors. He shall be missed.
posted by LeRoienJaune at 1:33 AM on June 25 [17 favorites]

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posted by valkane at 2:40 AM on June 25


great actor
posted by greenhornet at 2:50 AM on June 25

When I was a kid and a movie would come on TV, my folks would often comment, "oh, it has Eli Wallach in it; that means it has to be pretty good." Always true, if only for his vivid performances.

posted by kinnakeet at 3:06 AM on June 25 [3 favorites]

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posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:37 AM on June 25

posted by The Man from Lardfork at 3:41 AM on June 25


He was the relatable character in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
posted by bouvin at 3:54 AM on June 25

posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:02 AM on June 25

posted by Thorzdad at 4:23 AM on June 25


Wow. I had no idea that he was still around.
posted by octothorpe at 4:30 AM on June 25

Like most people, I originally knew him from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Magnificent Seven". When I later watched "How to Steal a Million" and saw him all dressed up and shaven and handsome and trying to woo Audrey Hepburn, it was very disconcerting. Man, he was a lot of fun to watch.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:38 AM on June 25 [1 favorite]

posted by djeo at 5:04 AM on June 25

(I was just whistling the theme from tGtBatU yesterday, wondering what Wallach was up to)
posted by notsnot at 5:26 AM on June 25

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posted by evilDoug at 6:26 AM on June 25

If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
posted by rocketman at 6:31 AM on June 25

posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:38 AM on June 25

posted by seyirci at 7:02 AM on June 25

The Tiger Checks Out.

Now he's never gonna get his baccalaureate degree.

posted by Herodios at 7:20 AM on June 25

posted by LobsterMitten at 7:22 AM on June 25


He was fantastic in every single damn thing. My wife is a big fan of The Holiday, so we rewatch it regularly, and while it's a perfectly adequate rom-com, I love it best for Eli Wallach as an elderly retired screenwriter. Of course, it also leaves me deeply disoriented to see Tuco as a tiny doddering old man, but he's still great. (On the other hand, I remain deeply peeved at the screenwriter who gave him a line praising his Hugo Boss suit. An elderly Jewish screenwriter from Hollywood's golden age ought to know exactly what Hugo Boss' most recognizable product was.)

Strangely, the one problem I have with the restored version of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, which adds back some scenes which were never in the English-language release and therefore did not have English dialogue recorded at the time, is that they had Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach do the dialogue for them. Lee van Cleef was already deceased, so they had an impersonator dub his lines, and it sounds like a perfectly adequate imitation of Angel Eyes. But Tuco and Blondie don't sound like themselves -- they sound like Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood as old men, and it almost makes me wish they'd used impersonators instead. But that's the closest I can ever come to criticizing the man's work.
posted by McCoy Pauley at 7:28 AM on June 25 [2 favorites]


Many thanks for all the great performances. Godspeed, sir.
posted by On the Corner at 8:20 AM on June 25

For some reason, I rarely recognize him in films, but I always love him. I can think of at least three instances where I've thought, "I love that character. I wonder who the actor is?" A quick trip to IMDB caused a head-slap and a whole new level of appreciation for him.

I hope it rains this Saturday, because I have the perfect list of movies for a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Gonna miss him.
posted by Ickster at 9:22 AM on June 25

I like that other line of his out of GB&U: "I like big fat men like you..
when they fall, they make a loud noise."
posted by eggtooth at 9:27 AM on June 25 [2 favorites]

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posted by buzzman at 11:52 AM on June 25

There are two kinds of guns, my friend. Those at the door...and those at the window.

R.I.P., Tuco.

posted by Mental Wimp at 1:42 PM on June 25

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posted by jason_steakums at 4:15 PM on June 25


I hope he's not interred in a grave marked "unknown" next to Arch Stanton's.
posted by detachd at 8:30 PM on June 25

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