Word came out today that the actor, Eli Wallach, passed away on Tuesday. He was 98 years old. I have tried to find a cause of death, but it appears it was just natural causes.
Wallach boasts 167 acting credits on IMDB. His roles ranged from the most memorable, Tuco in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, to the Godfather Part III, and most recently in films like The Holiday and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
A tremendous method actor, Wallach had 60+ years under his belt. He never received an Academy Award for acting, but he did receive a lifetime achievement award back in 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anne Jackson, as well as his children. It is truly a sad day for Hollywood.
So, in honor of his death, this weeks MotW will be his most famous role, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Released in 1966, the film capped off “The Man With No Name” trilogy starring Clint Eastwood. It is considered one of the greatest spaghetti westerns of all time.
The film follows the hunt for a buried treasure during the Civil War. The Good (Clint Eastwood) teams up in an uneasy alliance with The Ugly (Eli Wallach) to get to the treasure, but they are up against The Bad (Lee Van Cleef).
It is signature Leone with quick cuts, a haunting and famous score by Ennio Morricone, and one of the greatest shootouts ever on film. Eli Wallach’s character is so conniving and slimy that he can be considered a villain too. It is a phenomenal performance that has stood the test of time and is still considered one of his best, if not the best, performances.
In the end, if you have not seen The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, I highly recommend you do so in honor of the passing of a legend.
It is available on Netflix for those of you who are interested. It is not required to see the other films in the trilogy (though I recommend you do so).