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US Actor Eli Wallach Dies at 98

FILE - Eli Wallach arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards.
FILE - Eli Wallach arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards.
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U.S. character actor Eli Wallach, who gained his fame in Westerns, has died at the age of 98.

Wallach's daughter confirmed reports of her father's death on Tuesday.

Wallach was known for his work in such movies as The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but the list of his movie, television, and stage projects was long, spanning more than six decades. He was never nominated for an Academy Award, but he was given an honorary Oscar in 2010 at age 95 for being what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts called "the quintessential chameleon" for his wide range of character roles.

Wallach was born in 1915 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, one of the few Jewish children in an Italian neighborhood. He attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where he learned to ride a horse -- a skill that proved useful in the many Westerns in which he appeared later. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and met his wife, actress Anne Jackson, soon after his return. The two worked on a number of projects together, even acting with their children at times.

Wallach also shared the screen with many of Hollywood's most recognizable names: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet, and many more. He worked far into his 90s, with his last screen credits in 2010.  

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