Jack Palance

Mostly Credited As: Jack Palance
Sometimes Credited As: Walter Jack Palance
Walter Palance
Vladimir Palaniuk

Birth Name: Volodymyr Palaniuk
Date Of Birth: February 18, 1919 (Age 87)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania
Date Of Death: November 10, 2006
Cause Of Death: Natural causes (Montecito, California)
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Jack Palance

After more than 40 years in pictures, Jack Palance finally won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for City Slickers (1991), playing a tough, wheezy, old cowboy with rapidly hardening arteries. As he accepted his award, he felt compelled to demonstrate that his physical condition in the film had nothing to do with the actual state of his health, and he demonstrated his physical prowess by doing a set of one-arm push-ups. Palance's rugged face, which took many beatings in the boxing ring, was disfigured during World War 2. Plastic surgeons repaired the obvious damage but left him with a distinctive, somewhat menacing look. He became an actor after the war and had several stage roles before coming to the movies.

In his first film (billed as Walter Jack Palance), Elia Kazan's tingling Panic in the Streets (1950), the actor made a definite impression, as a plague-carrying fugitive hunted by military physician Richard Widmark. Following Halls of Montezuma (1950), he got to menace Joan Crawford in Sudden Fear (1952) and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He received a second nomination for his unforgettable portrayal of a pathological gunfighter in Shane (1953), and won an Emmy for Best Actor as the prizefighter in Requiem for a Heavyweight on CBS' Playhouse 90 (1956). His other films during this fertile period include The Silver Chalice (1954), The Big Knife, I Died a Thousand Times (both 1955), Attack! (1956, playing a "hero" of sorts), The Lonely Man (1957), and The Man Inside (1958).

Inexplicably, by the early 1960s, Palance was toiling in a seemingly endless string of marginal films, including Sword of the Conquerer, The Mongols (both 1961), and Warriors Five (1962). (A happy exception was 1963's Contempt for director Jean-Luc Godard.) In 1963-64 Palance played the part of Johnny Slate in the ABC series The Greatest Show on Earth. The Professionals (1966) brought Palance back to the attention of American filmmakers; he landed a meaty role in The Desperados and played Fidel Castro in Che! (both 1969).

Palance was in demand during the last gasp of the Western through the early 1970s in pictures like The McMasters, Monte Walsh (both 1970), and Oklahoma Crude (1973), but he was again forced into the international arena to remain active, churning out an alarming number of foreign-language turkeys. Palance has also occasionally ventured into the realm of "art" movies with the dreadful Warhol factory tedium of Cocaine Cowboys (1979) and the German-made Bagdad Cafe (1988), in which he played a "dropout" artist living at a remote cafe in the American southwest. Batman (1989) brought him back to the Big Time with a vengeance, casting him as a sleazy crime king; then City Slickers offered him a role with humor and heart, a perfect invitation for Oscar voters to respond not only to a performance but to a career. More recently, he appeared in Solar Crisis (1992), Cops and Robbersons (1994, playing straight to Chevy Chase), and City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994, as his deceased character's twin brother) and participated in a number of TV documentaries.

After a long successful career as an actor, painter , poet and all around artist - Jack passed away on November 10, 2006 at his home in Montecito, California of natural causes. He will be missed.

Movie Center

Back When We Were Grownups (2004) (TV) - Paul 'Poppy' Davitch
Living with the Dead (2002) (TV) - Allan Van Praagh
Prancer Returns (2001) (V) - Old Man Richards
Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (1999) (TV) - John Witting
Treasure Island (1999/I) - Long John Silver
The Incredible Adventures of Marco Polo (1998) - Beelzebub
Ebenezer (1997) (TV) - Ebenezer Scrooge
War Games (1996) - Narrator
The Swan Princess (1994) (voice) - Lord Rothbart
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) - Duke Washburn
Cops and Robbersons (1994) - Jake Stone
Cyborg 2 (1993) - Mercy
Eli's Lesson (1992) - Old Pilot
City Slickers (1991) - Curly Washburn
Solar Crisis (1990) - Travis
Tango & Cash (1989) - Yves Perret
Outlaw of Gor (1989) - Xenos
Batman (1989) - Grissom
Young Guns (1988) - Lawrence G. Murphy

...and many more.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Ripley's Believe It or Not! (1982) (1982)As: Host - Himself
Bronk (1975)As: Lt. Alex "Bronk" Bronkov
The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)As: Johnny Slate
Episode Cast Credits 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Back When We Were Grownups 54x01: (Nov/22/2004) As Poppy Davitch 
  Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End 49x01: (Nov/21/1999) As John Witting 

Night Visions (2001) 
  Bitter Harvest 01x15: (Aug/23/2001) As Jake Jennings, [Starring Roles]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Palance, Simply Red 04x46: (Dec/19/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Fran Drescher, Jack Palance, Seal 01x181: (Jun/21/1994) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 65th Annual Academy Awards 41x01: (Mar/29/1993) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 64th Annual Academy Awards 40x01: (Mar/30/1992) As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'City Slickers') 
  The 56th Annual Academy Awards 32x01: (Apr/09/1984) As Presenter, [Featuring]

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 49x01: (Jan/18/1992) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for 'City Slickers') 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) 
  Planet of the Slave Girls (2) 01x04: (Sep/27/1979) As Kaleel, [Special Guest Stars]
  Planet of the Slave Girls (1) 01x03: (Sep/27/1979) As Kaleel, [Special Guest Stars]

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 48 04x05: (Oct/10/1973) As Himself 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Jack Palance, Liza Minnelli 01x20: (Feb/05/1968) As Himself 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Concrete Overcoat Affair (2) 03x12: (Dec/02/1966) As Louis Strago 
  The Concrete Overcoat Affair (1) 03x11: (Nov/25/1966) As Louis Strago 

Run for Your Life (1965) 
  I Am the Late Diana Hays 02x02: (Sep/19/1966) As Julian Hays 

Convoy (1965) 
  The Many Colors of Courage 01x04: (Oct/08/1965) As Harvey Bell 

Frontier Justice (1958) 
  Lariat 03x06: (Sep/07/1961) As Dan Morgan 
  Lariat 01x01: (Jul/07/1958) As Dan Morgan 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Death of Manolete 02x01: (Sep/12/1957) As Manolete 
  The Last Tycoon 01x24: (Mar/14/1957) As Monroe Stahr 
  Requiem for a Heavyweight 01x02: (Oct/11/1956) As Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 9th Annual Emmy Awards 09x01: (Mar/16/1957) As Winner: Best Single Performance by an Actor (for 'Playhouse 90': ep 'Requiem for a Heavyweight') 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  The Lariat 01x05: (Nov/02/1956) As Dan Morgan 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Season 1, Episode 3 01x03: (Jul/08/1956) As Himself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Helen Hayes, Jack Palance, 09x09: (Nov/20/1955) As Himself 
  Jack Palance, Nat 'King' Cole 09x05: (Oct/23/1955) As Himself 
  Bill Haley & His Comets / Jack Palance/ Christopher Plummer / Roddy McDowall 08x48: (Aug/07/1955) As Himself 

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 6, Episode 22 06x22: (Apr/27/1954) As Himself 

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) 
  Eddie Cantor 04x23: (Mar/07/1954) As Himself 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  Cagliostro and the Chess Player 06x16: (Dec/15/1953) As guest star 
  The Kiss Off 05x26: (Mar/03/1953) As Tom Walker 

Studio One (1948) 
  Little Man, Big World 05x04: (Oct/13/1952) As guest star 
  The King in Yellow 04x10: (Nov/19/1951) As guest star 

Lights Out (1949) 
  The Man Who Couldn't Remember 02x33: (Apr/24/1950) As guest star 
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Jack is the author of The Forest of Love, a book of poems, published October 1, 1996, by Summerhouse Press.

Jack paints and sells landscape art, with a poem included on the back of each picture.

Jack is the brother of Ivan Palance.

Jack Palance: The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed.

Jack Palance: (on tabloid stories) I'm amazed people read this crap about us - about me most of all.

Jack appeared in a TV commercial for Arby's in 1998.

Jack appeared in a TV commercial for Taco Bell in 1995.

Jack appeared in a TV commercial for Ford pickup trucks in 1996.

Jack played "Hell's Angel" in Roger Waters' stage presentation of The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking in 1984.

Jack released an album of country-western songs, several of which he wrote himself in 1970 called Palance.

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