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Jack Nance

Highest Rated:   94% Blue Velvet (1986)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Demolitionist (1995)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
71% The Hot Spot
  • Julian Ward
1990
65% Wild At Heart
  • Spool
1990
61% The Blob
  • Doctor
1988
79% Colors
  • Officer Samuels
1988
No Score Yet Tricks of the Trade
  • Actor
1988
78% Barfly
  • Detective
1987
94% Blue Velvet
  • Paul
1986
0% Ghoulies
  • Wolfgang
1985
47% Johnny Dangerously
  • Priest
1984
57% Dune
  • Nefud
1984
21% City Heat
  • Aram Strossell
1984
No Score Yet Meatballs Part II
  • Neil Peterson
1984
80% Hammett
  • Gary Salt
1982
No Score Yet Breaker! Breaker!
  • Burton
1977
91% Eraserhead
  • Henry Spencer
1977
No Score Yet Fury on Wheels
  • Ace
1971
No Score Yet Fools
  • Hippy
1970
No Score Yet Eraserhead Stories
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Twin Peaks
1990
  • Pete Martell
  • 1991
  • 1990

Quotes from Jack Nance's Characters