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Eli Wallach made his stage debut and met his wife, Anne Jackson in an off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' This Property is Condemned. A leading interpreter of Williams' work, he starred in the original Broadway companies of The Rose Tattoo, for which he received the Tony and Donaldson Awards, and Camino Real.

He appeared on Broadway with his wife in The Typist & Her Tiger, Major Barbara, Rhinoceros, Luv, Waltz of the Toreadors, Twice Around the Park, The Flowering Peach and Cafe Crown, as well as starring in Mr. Roberts, The Cold Wind and the Warm, Staircase, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, and the London and New York production of Teahouse of the August Moon. He also appeared on Broadway with Katherine Cornell in Antony and Cleopatra.

For television he appeared in 20 Shades of Pink, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Kojak, Batman, Murder, She Wrote, Highway to Heaven, The Wall, The Executioner's Song, Anatomy of an Illness, Embassy, Christopher Columbus, Rocket to the Moon, The Family Honor, Don Quixote and For Whom the Bells Toll.

He has toured in Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends and John Guare's House of Blue Leaves. He appeared Off-Broadway in Visiting Mr. Green, as well as in The Price at the Roundabout Theater. In addition, Wallach appeared with his wife off-Broadway in their two person shows In Persons and Remembering Tennessee.

For his first film, Baby Doll, Wallach won the English equivalent of the Academy Award in 1956. Since that time, his film career has included The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, Lord Jim, The Moon-Spinners, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, How to Steal a Million, The Brain, The Deep, Cinderella Liberty, Movie, Movie, The Hunter, Girlfriends, Sam's Son, Tough Guys, The Impossible Spy, Nuts, The Two Jakes, Godfather III, Article 99, Mistress, and Night and the City.

With Anne Jackson he has performed on screen in How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life, Zig Zag, and The Tiger Makes Out.

Born in Brooklyn, he studied at the University of Texas and holds a Masters Degree in Education from New York's City College. He began his training for the theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse and is a founding member of the Actor's Studio.

Bio courtesy Touchstone (14-May-2002)