The Broadway community will mourn the loss of Tony Award-winning actor Eli Wallach on Friday, June 27, at 7:45pm, when Broadway marquees will be dimmed for one minute. Wallach died June 24 at the age of 98.
"Eli Wallach was one of the great talents of our time whose prolific acting career spanned more than six decades," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, in a statement. "His notable presence on the stage and on screen was both memorable and moving, always."
Wallach made his Broadway debut in 1945 in the play Skydrift, which played seven performances at the Belasco Theatre. Then in 1951, he earned a Tony Award for his performance in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo. He went on to perform in a total of 26 Broadway productions, his last being the 1994 revival of Clifford Odets' The Flowering Peach. He was a founding member of the Actors Studio and studied method acting with Lee Strasberg.
Wallach is survived by his wife, Anne Jackson, and their three children Peter, Roberta, and Katherine, five grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
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