Jack Nance

Jack Nance

Highest Rated: 93% Blue Velvet (1986)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Demolitionist (1995)

Birthday: Dec 21, 1943

Birthplace: Not Available

A favorite actor of director David Lynch, Jack Nance has appeared in all of Lynch's films but Elephant Man (1980). Nance's affiliation with the iconoclastic filmmaker began in 1977 when Lynch cast him as the unpleasant, stressed-out father/husband with the crazy stand-up hair, Henry Spencer, in Eraserhead. The film was wildly popular among certain audiences and earned Lynch and Nance, a cult following. Interestingly Nance, who had much stage experience and had been in feature films since Fools (1970), was not impressed with Lynch after their first meeting and found the young director's script too strange. To help him decide to take the part, Lynch showed Nance his short film, "The Grandmother." Nance was deeply impressed and accepted the role. Afterwards, he specialized in playing weird, often disturbing characters, not only for Lynch but for others too, including Dennis Hopper's Colors (1988) and The Blob (1988). Nance appeared for the final time in a Lynch film, The Lost Highway (1997) On December 30, 1996, Nance was found dead in his home, the result of head injuries. An investigation revealed that the trauma had been incurred a day or so before at a Los Angeles donut shop where the famously temperamental Nance had gotten into a fight with two young men.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet I Don't Know Jack Actor 2002
60% Lost Highway Phi 1997
No Score Yet The Secret Agent Club Doc 1996
No Score Yet Little Witches Father Michael 1996
50% Tall Tale Doctor 1995
0% The Demolitionist Father McKenzie 1995
No Score Yet Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story Teresa's Attorney 1995
No Score Yet Voodoo Lewis 1995
83% Love and a .45 Justice Thurman 1994
No Score Yet Across the Moon Old Cowboy 1994
60% Motorama Motel Clerk 1992
No Score Yet Meatballs 4 Neil 1992
46% Whore Middle-Aged Man 1991
73% The Hot Spot Julian Ward 1990
65% Wild At Heart Spool 1990
60% The Blob Doctor 1988
82% Colors Officer Samuels 1988
No Score Yet Tricks of the Trade Actor 1988
76% Barfly Detective 1987
93% Blue Velvet Paul 1986
0% Ghoulies Wolfgang 1985
44% Johnny Dangerously Priest 1984
52% Dune Nefud 1984
22% City Heat Aram Strossell 1984
No Score Yet Meatballs Part II Neil Peterson 1984
75% Hammett Gary Salt 1982
No Score Yet Breaker! Breaker! Burton 1977
90% Eraserhead Henry Spencer 1977
No Score Yet Fury on Wheels Ace 1971
No Score Yet Fools Hippy 1970
No Score Yet Eraserhead Stories Actor


88% Twin Peaks
Pete Martell 2018


Priest says: I missed the bus, you missed the bus, when's the next bus?

Mrs. X says: So Henry, what do you do...?

Mrs. X says: So Henry, what do you do?

Henry Spencer says: Oh....I'm on vacation.

Henry Spencer says: Oh, I'm on vacation.

Mary X says: You wouldn't mind marrying me, would you Henry?

Henry Spencer says: Well... No.