BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS
IN MEMORY OF
CELEBRATED STAGE AND SCREEN ACTOR
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“Eli Wallach was one of the great talents of our time whose prolific acting career spanned more than six decades. His notable presence on the stage and on screen was both memorable and moving, always,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “Through the expertise of his craft, he was a storyteller in the most specific yet subtle ways. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and numerous fans, and he will be missed.”
Eli Wallach was one of his generations’ most prominent character actors. He performed in more than two dozen Broadway shows, as well as countless films and television shows over more than 60 years. The versatile Mr. Wallach appeared in a myriad of roles, often with his wife, Anne Jackson.
His first love was the stage. In 1951, six years after his Broadway debut in a play called Skydrift, he was cast opposite Maureen Stapleton in Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tatoo. Both Ms. Stapleton and Mr. Wallach won Tony Awardsâ for their work in the play. He received the 1951 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
After The Rose Tattoo he appeared in another Williams play, Camino Real (1953). He also played opposite Julie Harris in Anouilh’s Mademoiselle Colombe (1954), and in 1958 he appeared with Joan Plowright in Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs and The Lesson. Among his other Broadway credits include Mister Roberts