Wallach has just published his autobiography, The Good, The Bad And Me: In My Anecdotage (Harcourt), and admits writing didnt come to him as easily as acting because he doesnt have the machinery for it.
As he puts it, Put a script in my hand and I can memorize it but writing is entirely different.
The star of classic films like The Magnificent Seven; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly; and Baby Doll says he didnt want it to be an As Told To book, so he wrote the entire thing in longhand.
That meant reliving painful moments, such as his many rejections before hitting it big. Wallach remembers being told, Youre too short. Your hair is wrong and your voice is too deep. Oh, and were looking for a woman.
Still, he wouldnt change a thing and enjoys working what he calls the ethnic gamut. As he puts it, I started out playing Mexican bandits and Greek jewel thieves to being a mafia kingpin. Now, Im playing old Jews.
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