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Eli Wallach’s Texas ties

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Actor Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday evening at his home in New York at the age of 98, attended the University of Texas and received his bachelor’s degree in 1936.

Wallach, who was best known as the bandit in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” but who had a long career in film and theater, participated in theater at UT. Since there was no theater department, he joined a student organization called The Curtain Club to put on plays, the website IMDB.com notes.

One of the other students involved was John Connally, a future governor of Texas. He also performed in student plays with Walter Cronkite and Ann Sheridan. He remained friends with Cronkite for more than 70 years and was acknowledged at the Walter Cronkite memorial tribute at Lincoln Center in 2009.