Besides seeing him in umpteen movies on tv, which seemed to air regularly right through the 70s, he was great to watch on talk shows. One thing he talked about was the difficulty of getting good roles in the post Andy Hardy years after he got out of the army. He said something like, "They didn't think I was cute anymore."
A fond farewell to one of my favorite actors, Eli Wallach. Died of natural causes at age 98 at his home in NYC. I remember him in The Rose Tattoo, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and later a brief part in Mystic River. He was also a very nice man. He was a regular on weekends and in the summertime at a small luncheonette where I was a waitress in High School. No pretense, always pleasant and a generous tipper. R.I.P. Mr.Wallach.
I just listened to a very cool interview with Eli Wallach circa 1990 on NPR, Fresh Air with Terri Gros. I am in the process of trying to copy and paste it but often times they don't post the pod cast until after the interview is over and there's a repeat broadcast at 7pm. In any event, it was fabulous, and all the elements of his personality, his humility, compassion, sense of humor etc. all shined through along with many obscure facts about his career. One in particular was that he did his own stunt tricks in The Good The Bad and The Ugly and The Magnificent Seven. His love of Mexico and his being a trained horse rider. A boy from Brooklyn who went to college in Texas in the 1930's because the tuition was only $30.00 a year!!! Indeed a fascinating and lovely man.
Yes, depression has killed another high-profile sufferer. To me, it seems very similar to the Phillip Seymour Hoffman case; both highly creative people who couldn't cope and turned to substance abuse. It just caught up with Robin Williams 20 years later.
I am always sad when I contemplate someone's utter isolation at the moment of death by suicide. His wife had last seen him Sunday night; by Monday noon he was dead. What a terrible, lonely night that must have been.
I agree Lizzy. Williams had a history of depression, and, who knows the level of psychic pain he suffered despite his comic flair.
While I love, loved his comedy routines and roles, the more serious, dramatic roles that he portrayed really do smack upon a different aspect of his personality. A darker side.Fine and dandy on the stage or portrayed in film but, how it played out in his personal life quite a different story.
In retrospect, his comic routines, while hilarious, had such a manic type aspect to them, whether chemically induced or part of his personality. One could speculate endlessly ...
He performed here in 1982 at a big homecoming event we have in the fall (Gator Growl). I was out of town, so did not attend. Many members of the community were offended by his colorful humor, but others, including the students, of course, absolutely had a ball.
I just watched the news on France 24. They interviewed 2 guys in the States, maybe in LA since they showed Bacall's star on the sidewalk. "She was as big as Kim Kardashian!", said one guy, not even especially young. Words fail me.
It is indeed sad that Robin Williams got to the point where he no longer had the desire to live. I'm sure he must have gone through this many times during his lifetime when so deeply depressed nothing and no-one meant more to him than death. I awoke with the announcement on SKY News yesterday and the discussion on his suicide continued this morning. Two newspaper reviewers took the media to task for having revealed intimate details of how he actually went about his demise. Too much information and totally unnecessary they said. I don't know what these details revealed.