Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career has died. He was 98.

The actor's son, Peter Wallach, confirms that his father passed away yesterday evening in New York from natural causes.

Wallach, who was still starring in films well into his 90s, may be best remembered for his role as Tuco, the conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit, in the classic Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Wallach and his wife, Anne Jackson, were a formidable duo on the stage, appearing in several plays dating back to the 1940s. He won a Tony for his supporting role in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" in 1951.

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176-a-13-(Eli Wallach, in 1987 AP interview)-"in the play"-Eli Wallach told the AP in 1987 that he and Anne Jackson were a good team on stage. (25 Jun 2014)

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181-a-08-(Sound of Eli Wallach and Al Pacino, in a scene from "Godfather 3")-"strings even now"-Sound of Eli Wallach and Al Pacino in a scene from "Godfather 3." (25 Jun 2014)

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180-a-11-(Sound of Eli Wallach, in a scene from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly")-"put me down"-Sound of Eli Wallach in a scene from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." ((cut contains the word 'bastard')) (25 Jun 2014)

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GRAPHICSBANK: ELI WALLACH headshot, actor, on texture with 1915-2014 lettering, finished graphic (25 Jun 2014)

APPHOTO NYET329: FILE - This Nov. 1987 file photo shows actor Eli Wallach speaking during an interview in New York. Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career, died Monday, June 23, 2014 of natural causes. He was 98. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File) (1 Nov 1987)

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APPHOTO NYET325: FILE - This Nov. 10, 1967 file photo shows actor Eli Wallach speaking during an interview in New York. Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career, died Monday, June 23, 2014 of natural causes. He was 98. (AP Photo/File) (10 Nov 1967)

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