Legendary character actor - and former Mr. Freeze - Eli Wallach dies at 98

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Jun 25, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT (Updated)

"Fifty million dollars is not to be sneezed at. Of course, I never catch cold."
     - Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze

The film, television and theater worlds were saddened to learn today that Eli Wallach, a character actor with a ridiculously long and distinguished resume, has shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 98. This is a guy who studied with Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe, got his start working with the likes of Clark Gable and was still doing business as recently as 2010, appearing in the Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps with Shia LeBeouf and Carey Mulligan. His most famous appearances include The Magnificent Seven; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and The Godfather: Part III, in which his performance as Don Altobello was a highlight.

For sci-fi fans of a certain age, however, Wallach will always be most remembered for his turn as Doctor Schivel, aka Mr. Freeze, in the Adam West-starring camp classic TV series Batman. Wallach was the third man to take up Freeze's icy mantle after George Sanders and Otto Preminger, but his work certainly made an impression -- the actor famously remarked that he got more fan mail for his two-episode ("Ice Spy"/"The Duo Defy") appearance in the show than for anything else he'd ever done.  

Rest in peace, Mr. Wallach. We hope the afterlife offers you a warm welcome.