Adam Markovitz
October 16, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

From sharing the stage with Walter Cronkite in a play at the University of Texas — Austin in the 1930s to sharing the screen with Cloris Leachman in this week’s New York, I Love You, Eli Wallach has more than five decades of theater and film credits to his name. The 93-year-old actor looks back on some of his most fascinating castmates.

MARILYN MONROE
The Misfits (1961)
Her impending divorce from writer Arthur Miller led to erratic on-set behavior, says Wallach: ”She couldn’t get anywhere on time because she felt guilty. She felt the camera was like an X-ray machine that could see right through her. She was in terrible pain.”

AUDREY HEPBURN
How to Steal a Million (1966)
An onscreen smooch with the iconic actress proved problematic for the 5’7” actor. ”With Audrey, I had to kiss her at one point,” he recalls. ”And she was quite tall. She said, ‘It’s all right, Eli. I’ll take my shoes off.’ And then we had a wonderful time.”

CLINT EASTWOOD
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
On a weekend trip to Spain during the shoot in Italy, the two actors were forced to share a single bed in a friend’s flat. ”My wife teased me later on: ‘Now you can boast that you’re the only man who slept with Clint Eastwood.”’

JACK NICHOLSON
The Two Jakes (1990)
Nicholson, who directed this sequel to Chinatown, had an unusual way of preparing his actors for the shoot, says Wallach. ”He got all the cast together in a bus, and he said, ‘Now, I’m going to take you all around and show you where I’m shooting everything.”’

KATE WINSLET
The Holiday (2006)
”She was so sweet,” says Wallach. And apparently the feeling was mutual: Winslet and the other female cast members fawned over the actor at one preview screening. ”My wife said, ‘You know, I don’t understand what they see in you.”’

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