Jack Palance

Actor, Professional boxer, Model
Possessing a face seemingly carved out of granite and a voice filled with equal parts gravel and menace, actor Jack Palance was an easy choice to play the heavy, but it was his underutilized intelligence and humor that ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1919 in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

Searching for Bobby DeNiro 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Living With The Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure Island 2002 (Movie)

Long John Silver (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

I'll Be Home For Christmas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster Mania 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

City Slickers II: the Legend of Curly's Gold 1994 (Movie)

Duke Washburn (Actor)

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

Jack Stone (Actor)

The Swan Princess 1994 (Movie)

of Rothbart (Voice)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyborg II: Glass Shadows 1992 (Movie)

Mercy (Actor)

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

When It Was a Game II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

Carl Grissom (Actor)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

Yves Perret (Actor)

Bagdad Cafe 1988 (Movie)

Rudi Cox (Actor)

Young Guns 1988 (Movie)

L G Murphy (Actor)

Gor 1987 (Movie)

Xenos (Actor)

Outlaw of Gor 1987 (Movie)

Xenos (Actor)

Ripley's Believe It or Not 1982 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Alone in the Dark 1982 (Movie)

Frank Hawkes (Actor)

Hawk The Slayer 1980 (Movie)

Voltan (Actor)

Without Warning 1980 (Movie)

Taylor (Actor)

Cocaine Cowboys 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Shape of Things to Come 1978 (Movie)

Omun (Actor)

One Man Jury 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rickles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Blood City 1976 (Movie)

Frendlander (Actor)

Eva Nera 1975 (Movie)

Judas (Actor)

Squadra antiscippo 1975 (Movie)

Richard J Russo-- (Actor)

The Four Deuces 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dracula 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

Hellman (Actor)

Craze 1972 (Movie)

Neal Mottram (Actor)

Chato's Land 1971 (Movie)

Quincey Whitmore (Actor)

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Horsemen 1970 (Movie)

Tursen (Actor)

Che! 1969 (Movie)

Fidel Castro (Actor)

Las Vegas 500 Milliones 1969 (Movie)

Douglas (Actor)

The Desperados 1969 (Movie)

Parson Josiah Galt (Actor)

The McMasters 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mercenary 1969 (Movie)

Ricciolo (Actor)

L' Urlo dei Giganti 1967 (Movie)

Major Heston (Actor)

Kill a Dragon 1966 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

Raza (Actor)

The Spy in the Green Hat 1965 (Movie)

Louis Strago (Actor)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

Jeremy Prokosh (Actor)

Once a Thief 1964 (Movie)

Walter Pedak (Actor)

Barabbas 1962 (Movie)

Torvald (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Austerlitz 1960 (Movie)

Weirother (Actor)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ten Seconds to Hell 1958 (Movie)

Eric Koertner (Actor)

The Man Inside 1958 (Movie)

Milo March (Actor)

House of Numbers 1957 (Movie)

Arnie Judlow (Actor)

The Lonely Man 1957 (Movie)

Jacob Wade (Actor)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

Lieutenant Costa (Actor)

I Died a Thousand Times 1955 (Movie)

Roy Earle (Actor)

The Big Knife 1955 (Movie)

Charles Castle (Actor)

Kiss of Fire 1954 (Movie)

El Tigre (Actor)

Sign of the Pagan 1954 (Movie)

Attila (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Arrowhead 1953 (Movie)

Toriano (Actor)

Flight to Tangier 1953 (Movie)

Gil Walker (Actor)

Gulf Playhouse 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Man in the Attic 1953 (Movie)

Slade (Actor)

Shane 1953 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Sudden Fear 1952 (Movie)

Lester Blaine (Actor)

Halls of Montezuma 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Back When We Were Grownups (TV Show)

Actor

Bronk (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Ebenezer (TV Show)

Actor

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Actor

Panic in the Streets (Movie)

Blackie (Actor)

Prancer Returns (TV Show)

Actor

Tales of the Haunted (TV Show)

Actor

The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Show)

Actor

The Godchild (TV Show)

Actor

The Ivory Ape (TV Show)

Actor

The Omen Legacy (TV Show)

Narrator

The Web (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Capt. Grant's Family 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Possessing a face seemingly carved out of granite and a voice filled with equal parts gravel and menace, actor Jack Palance was an easy choice to play the heavy, but it was his underutilized intelligence and humor that allowed him to occasionally break free from Hollywood typecasting, with wonderfully unpredictable results. Following an auspicious Broadway debut, the young actor burst onto the screen with deliciously nasty performances in "Panic in the Streets" (1950), "Sudden Fear" (1952) and "Shane" (1953). However, despite having already garnered a pair of Academy Award nominations, Palance soon found himself being pigeon-holed as either a crook or a killer. Well regarded projects like "The Big Knife" (1955) and "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (CBS, 1956) gave audiences a glimpse of Palance's versatility. Seeking out work in Europe, the ex-pat actor took part in such diverse efforts as the cut-rate adventure "Sword of the Conqueror" (1961) and the French New Wave drama "Le Mepris" ("Contempt") (1963). With rewarding film roles becoming sparse, Palance found a modicum of success on television with endeavors such as a chilling adaptation of "Dracula" (CBS, 1974) and as the host of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" (ABC, 1982-86). Palance bookended his expansive résumé with a late-career comeback when he parodied his own villainous persona in the comedy feature "City Slickers" (1991), a performance that won the veteran actor his only Academy Award. Long regarded as the quintessential movie bad guy, Palance had the last laugh when his impromptu, one-handed push-up demonstration during his Oscar acceptance became one of the most iconic and hilarious moments in the televised ceremony's broadcast history.

Relationships

Anna Palahnuik

Mother

Virginia Baker

Wife
met when both worked as understudies in the national tour of "A Streetcar Named Desire" married on April 21, 1949 divorced in 1966

Leon Palahniuk

Brother
made appearances in films like "Chato's Land" and "Te Deum"

John Palahnuik

Father
Ukranian

Brooke Palance

Daughter
born on February 9, 1952 mother, Virginia Baker

Holly Palance

Daughter
born on August 6, 1950 was one of Palance's co-hosts on TV's "Ripley's Believe It or Not" mother, Virginia Baker

Cody Palance

Son
born in 1955 appeared alongside his father in the film "Young Guns," and was 42 when he died from malignant melanoma in 1998 mother, Virginia Baker

Elaine Rogers

Wife
married in May 1987

EDUCATION

Hazle Township High School

Hazle , Pennsylvania

Stanford University

Stanford , California
attended on the GI Bill

University of North Carolina

North Carolina
dropped out in sophomore year to turn professional in boxing

Milestones

2001

Portrayed Long John Silver in feature remake of "Treasure Island"

2000

Returned to films after a six-year absence in "Marco Polo"

1999

Cast as Christopher Walken's father in the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End"

1998

Played title role in "Ebenezer", the TNT-aired adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

1995

Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Buffalo Girls"

1994

Provided the voice for the sinister villain Rothbert in the animated "The Swan Princess"

1994

Appeared as Curly's twin brother in "City Slickers II: The Secret of Curly's Gold"

1992

Startled audience and gave host Billy Crystal material for quips when he performed a series of one-armed push-ups as part of his Oscar acceptance speech at the Academy Awards ceremony after winning Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "City Slickers"

1992

Hosted four syndicated historical documentary specials, "Legends of the West with Jack Palance"

1991

Played Curly, an ornery trail boss who whips a trio of urban dwellers into shape to participate in a Montana cattle drive in "City Slickers"

1989

Co-starred in "Batman" directed by Tim Burton

1988

Portrayed a painter in "Bagdad Cafe"

1987

Returned to features with his leading role in the adult action-fantasy, "Gor"

1981

Hosted the special "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"

1980

First TV miniseries, "The Golden Moment--An Olympic Love Story"

1974

TV-movie debut, "Dracula"

1974

Had title role in the CBS adaptation of "Dracula"

1973

Co-starred with George C Scott and Faye Dunaway in "Oklahoma Crude"

1968

Cast as Fidel Castro in "Che!", the biopic of revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

1968

Had title roles in the ABC special "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; was injured in a fall during filming and later sued, receiving some $500,000 in damages

1966

Played the Jabberwock in a one-hour NBC-TV musical adaptation, "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

1966

Co-starred in "The Professionals"

1965

Began playing primarily supporting parts in features with his role in "Once a Thief"

1965

Returned to the stage as the King of Siam opposite Celeste Holm's Anna Leonowens in "The King and I" in Anaheim, California

1963

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard in "Contempt"

1960

Starred in the title role of the NBC adventure special "Rivak, the Barbarian"

1958

Lived in Switzerland

1957

Made guest appearance on TV's "The Perry Como Show"; surprised many by displaying his vocal abilities

1957

Had dual role in "The House of Numbers"

1955

Portrayed a movie idol in "The Big Knife"

1955

Spent a summer season at the American Shakespeare Festival in Straford, Connecticut

1954

Co-starred in "Sign of the Pagan"

1953

First color film, "Second Chance"

1953

Cast as the hired gunman in "Shane"; although filmed before "Sudden Fear", "Shane" was not released until the following year

1953

Received top billing in a feature film for the first time in the Jack the Ripper Gothic thriller, "Man in the Attic"

1952

Received first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "Sudden Fear"

1951

Returned to Broadway in "Darkness at Noon"

1950

Walked out on Fox contract when he failed to be cast alongside Brando in "Viva, Zapata!"; role went to Anthony Quinn who won an Oscar

1950

Film debut in "Panic in the Streets", directed by Kazan

1948

Appeared in the Off-Broadway production of "The Silver Tassie"

1947

Broadway acting debut, a one-line role as a Russian soldier in "The Big Two"

1946

Moved to NYC

1943

Left military service; returned to work in the coal mines

1941

Joined US Army Air Force; involved in plane crash during training

1938

Became a professional boxer at age 20; reportedly won 18 out of 20 bouts (date approximate)

While at Stanford, landed role alongside Aline MacMahon in the play "My Indian Family"

Worked for a time as a reporter in San Francisco for $35 a week

Injured throat in last fight; left with signature raspy voice

Hosted the ABC primetime documentary series, "Ripley's Believe It or Not"

Starred as Johnny Slate on the ABC TV series, "The Greatest Show on Earth"

Returned to Pennsylvania and worked briefly as a coal miner

Hosted the ABC half-hour primetime documentary series, "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"; daughter Holly served as co-host

After returning to NYC, became Marlon Brando's understudy for the Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", staged by Elia Kazan; spotted by 20th Century Fox talent scout when he went on for Brando

Understudied Anthony Quinn in the national tour of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Put under contract by 20th Century Fox

Attended Stanford on the GI Bill

Bonus Trivia

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Palance owns a ranch in California's Tehachapi Mountains where he runs 150 head of cattle.

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Stories on Palance often note that the slightly coarse and leathery quality of the skin on his face was due to plastic surgery he underwent after suffering burns during combat in WWII, but in some interviews Palance has denied this.

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