A.O. Scott’s Uncle Eli Passes at Age 98

By Richard Horgan Comment

There’s a rather unusual video sitting towards to top of the New York Times obituary for actor Eli Wallach. Ahead of Wallach’s lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010, the actor – then 95 – welcomed grand nephew A.O. Scott to his Upper West Side apartment for a warm-hearted conversation. Wallach was Scott’s Great Uncle.

“I keep forgetting my lines,” Wallach jokes at the end of the video. “Just ad lib,” Scott replies.

This is a marvelous way to remember Wallach. Our favorite part of the familial NYT convo is when Wallach recalls how unhappy his young son Peter (age 8) was with the actor’s scripted fate at the hands of Yul Brynner on the set of The Magnificent Seven. RIP.