Eli Wallach, the classic Hollywood actor, who starred in numerous spaghetti Westerns in his day, has died at the age of 98, according to a report by the New York Times. Wallach appeared in movies such as How the West Was Won, The Magnificent Seven and The Misfits.

Eli Wallach
Veteran actor Eli Wallach lived to the ripe old age of 98.

However, it was the iconic film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly that made Wallach’s name. In the Sergio Leone-directed flick, Wallach plays the role of Tuco opposite Clint Eastwood. Tuco is “The Ugly” – an oafish Mexican bandit, frequently used to provide the film’s comic relief, who can also be quite deadly at times.

Wallach won an Honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the film industry at the 2010 Governor's Awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In his speech, the veteran actor, then 94, said: "As an actor I've played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafioso that you could shake a stick at.”

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Eli Wallach
He was notorious for portraying film baddies with humour and wit.

Wallach is survived by his wife, actress Anne Jackson, whom he married in 1948, and their three children: Peter (born 1951), Roberta (born 1955), and Katherine (born 1958). Roberta had an acting experience as a mentally disturbed teenager in Paul Zindel's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. His death was confirmed by one of his daughters.