Broadway to dim lights in memory of Eli Wallach

By Daniel S Levine,

The entertainment industry lost a major figure on Tuesday with the death Eli Wallach, who died at age 98. In honor of his legendary career on the stage and screen, the Broadway League has announced that it will dim the lights on Friday.

The one-minute tribute will happen at 7:45 p.m. on the dot on Friday, the Broadway League said Wednesday.

Wallach’s first love was the stage, as that is where he started acting and met his wife of 66 years, Anne Jackson. In 1951, he won a Tony Award for starring in the first production of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo. He also appeared in productions of Mister Roberts, Major Barbara, Luv and Rhinoceros. Wallach and Jackson starred in 15 productions together.

“Through the expertise of his craft, he was a storyteller in the most specific yet subtle ways. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and numerous fans, and he will be missed,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League.

Turner Classic Movies also announced a tribute to Wallach, scheduling five films he starred in for Monday. The network will air Wallach’s first film, Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll, which is based on a Williams story.

The beloved actor died Tuesday after a career that lasted over six decades. Other major films include The Magnificent Seven, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The Godfather Part III and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. He won an honorary Oscar in 2010.

image courtesy of Roger Wong/INFGoff.com

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