Wednesday, 25 June 2014
A Tribute to Eli Wallach
I've just been informed that Eli Wallach, the great western actor known for his talent for playing Mexican outlaws in such films as The Magnificient Seven, How the West Was Won, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, has died at the age of 98. I'm not good at writing tributes but I feel as though I should pay my respects to this great man.
Eli Wallach was a fine actor. In most of the films I saw of his he usually played villains, but every time he was on screen he was always a lot of fun. He may have often been given similar acting roles but he always gave each one a distinct identity. In The Magnificent Seven he ran a ruthless gang of outlaws, and in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, he was able to convey so many different emotions. Tuco may have been a backstabbing scoundrel but he was a lot more complex than that, especially evidenced in the scene where he meets his brother and we get a brief glimpse of how he became the way he is.
There isn't really a whole lot I can find to say. As I said I'm not very good with tributes, but I wanted to get a few words in about how talented an actor Wallach was, and how he'll certainly be missed.