Jack Palance

Jack Palance

Highest Rated: 100% Attack (1956)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)

Birthday: Feb 18, 1919

Birthplace: Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA

One of the screen's most grizzled actors, Jack Palance defined true grit for many a filmgoer. The son of a Ukrainian immigrant coal miner, he was born Volodymyr Palahnyuk (Anglicized as Walter Jack Palaniuk) on February 18, 1920, in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania. As a young man, Palance supported himself with stints as a miner, professional boxer, short-order cook, fashion model, lifeguard, and radio repairman. During WWII service, he enlisted in the AAC and piloted bombers, one of which crashed, knocking him unconscious in the process. The severe burns he received led to extensive facial surgery, resulting in his gaunt, pinched face and, ironically, paving the way for stardom as a character actor. Palance attended the University of North Carolina and Stanford University on the G.I. Bill and considered a career in journalism, but drifted into acting because of the comparatively higher wages. Extensive stage work followed, including a turn as the understudy to Anthony Quinn (as Stanley Kowalski in the touring production of A Streetcar Named Desire) and the portrayal of Kowalski on the Broadway stage, after Marlon Brando left that production. Palance debuted on film in Elia Kazan's 1950 Panic in the Streets, as a sociopathic plague host opposite Richard Widmark. He landed equally sinister and villainous roles for the next few years, including Jack the Ripper in Man in the Attic (1953), Simon the Magician (a sorcerer who goes head to head with Jesus) in The Silver Chalice (1954), and Atilla the Hun in Sign of the Pagan (1954). Palance received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations for his performances in both Sudden Fear (1952) and Shane (1953). Beginning in the late '50s, Palance temporarily moved across the Atlantic and appeared in numerous European pictures, with Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 Le Mépris/Contempt a particular highlight. Additional big-screen roles throughout the '60s and '70s included that of Ronald Wyatt in Freddie Francis's horror episode film The Torture Garden (1967), the monastic sadist Brother Antonin in Jesús Franco's Justine (1969), Fidel Castro in Che! (1969), Chet Rollins in William A. Fraker's Western Monte Walsh (1970), Quincey Whitmore in the 1971 Charles Bronson-starrer Chato's Land, and Jim Buck in Portrait of a Hitman (1977). Unfortunately, by the '80s, Palance largely disappeared from the cinematic forefront, his career limited to B- and C-grade schlock. He nonetheless rebounded by the late '80s, thanks in no small part to the German director Percy Adlon, who cast him as a love-struck painter with a yen for Marianne Sägebrecht in his arthouse hit Bagdad Cafe (1987). Turns in Young Guns (1988) and 1989's Batman (as the aptly named Carl Grissom) followed. In 1991, Palance was introduced to a new generation of viewers with his Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning performance in Ron Underwood's City Slickers. The turn marked something of a wish-fulfillment for the steel-tough actor, who had spent years believing, in vain, that he would be best suited for comedy. These dreams were soon realized for a lengthy period, as the film's triumph yielded a series of additional comic turns for Palance on television programs and commercials.Accepting his Best Supporting Actor award at the 1992 Academy Awards ceremony, Palance won a permanent place in Oscar history when he decided to demonstrate that he was, in fact, still a man of considerable vitality by doing a series of one-handed push-ups on stage. He reprised his role in the film's 1994 sequel, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.Over the years, Palance also starred in the TV series The Greatest Show on Earth (ABC, 1963-4), as a hard-living circus boss, and Bronk (CBS, 1975-6) as a pipe-smoking police lieutenant, as well as in numerous TV dramas, notably Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956). From 1982-1986, he hosted the ABC revival of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. He also established himself as an author in the late '90s, by publishing the 1996 pros


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet I mongoli (The Mongols) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Searching for Bobby DeNiro Actor 2006
No Score Yet Unknown Powers Actor 2005
No Score Yet Unknown Force Actor 2005
No Score Yet Back When We Were Grownups Poppy 2004
No Score Yet From Russia To Hollywood Actor 2002
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Allan 2002
No Score Yet Monster Mania Actor 2001
No Score Yet Prancer Returns Richards 2001
No Score Yet Las Increíbles Aventuras de Marco Polo en su Viaje Actor 2000
No Score Yet Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End Jon Witing 1999
No Score Yet Treasure Island Long John Silver 1998
No Score Yet I'll Be Home for Christmas Bob 1997
No Score Yet Ebenezer Actor 1997
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Bartle Bone 1995
47% Natural Born Killers Actor 1994
18% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold Duke 1994
50% The Swan Princess Rothbart 1994
14% Cops And Robbersons Jake Stone 1994
No Score Yet Legends of the West Actor 1993
No Score Yet Cyborg 2 Mercy 1993
No Score Yet Solar Crisis Actor 1993
No Score Yet Keep the Change Overstreet 1992
No Score Yet Toxie's Triple Terror: Horror of the Hungry Humongous Hungan Actor 1992
No Score Yet When It Was a Game 2 Actor 1992
88% City Slickers Curly 1991
No Score Yet Solar Crisis (Crisis 2050) Travis 1989
31% Tango & Cash Yves Perret 1989
72% Batman Carl Grissom 1989
No Score Yet Outlaw of Gor (Gor II) Xenos 1989
92% Imagine: John Lennon Actor 1988
41% Young Guns L.G. Murphy 1988
No Score Yet The Black Cobra (Cobra Nero) Actor 1988
85% Bagdad Cafe Rudi Cox 1988
No Score Yet Gor Xenos 1988
No Score Yet Outlaw of Gor Actor 1987
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
78% Alone in the Dark Frank Hawkes 1982
No Score Yet Hawk the Slayer Voltan 1981
No Score Yet Without Warning (It Came Without Warning) (Alien Encounters) Actor 1980
No Score Yet Hell's Brigade: The Final Assault Actor 1980
No Score Yet H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come Omus 1979
No Score Yet The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang Actor 1979
No Score Yet Cocaine Cowboys Raf 1979
No Score Yet Angels Brigade Mike Farrell 1979
No Score Yet One Man Jury Lieutenant Wade 1978
No Score Yet The Cop in Blue Jeans Norman Shelley 1977
No Score Yet God's Gun (A Bullet from God) (Diamante Lobo) Sam Clayton 1977
No Score Yet Welcome to Blood City Frendlander 1977
No Score Yet Safari Express Van Daalen 1976
No Score Yet Mr. Scarface (I padroni della città) Actor 1976
No Score Yet Black Cobra Woman (Eva Nera) Judas 1976
No Score Yet Bloody Avenger Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Sensuous Nurse (L'infermiera) (The Secrets of a Sensuous Nurse) (Nurse Anna) Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Hatfields and the McCoys Actor 1975
No Score Yet Great Adventure Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Four Deuces Vic Morono, the Boss 1975
No Score Yet Craze, (Demon Master) Neal Mottram 1974
71% Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla Actor 1974
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude Hellman 1973
60% Dracula Count Dracula 1973
No Score Yet It Can Be Done, Amigo Sonny Bronston 1972
No Score Yet Sting of the West Actor 1972
33% The Horsemen Tursen 1971
No Score Yet Chato's Land Capt. Quincey Whitmore 1971
No Score Yet Vamos a matar, compañeros (Companeros) John 1970
88% Monte Walsh Chet 1970
No Score Yet The McMasters Kolby 1970
No Score Yet Battle of the Commandos (La legione dei dannati) (Legion of the Damned) Col. Charley MacPherson 1969
No Score Yet Che! Fidel Castro 1969
No Score Yet The Desperados Parson Josiah Galt 1969
No Score Yet Marquis de Sade: Justine (Deadly Sanctuary) Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Mercenary (Il Mercenario) (A Professional Gun) Ricciolo 1968
No Score Yet Torture Garden Ronald Wyatt 1968
No Score Yet The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Actor 1968
No Score Yet Kill a Dragon Rick Masters 1967
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking-Glass Jabberwock 1966
88% The Professionals Capt. Jesus Raza 1966
No Score Yet Once a Thief Walter Pedak 1965
94% Contempt Jeremiah Prokosch $39.7K 1964
89% Barabbas Torvald 1962
No Score Yet Sword Of The Conqueror Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Mongols Ogotai 1961
No Score Yet The Battle of Austerlitz General Weirother 1960
No Score Yet Beyond All Limits Jim Gatsby 1959
No Score Yet Ten Seconds to Hell Eric Koertner 1959
No Score Yet The Man Inside Milo March 1958
No Score Yet The Lonely Man Jacob Wade 1957
No Score Yet House of Numbers Arnie Judlow / Bill Judlow 1957
100% Attack Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co. 1956
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 Harlan "Mountain" McClintock 1956
88% The Big Knife Charles Castle 1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Roy Earle / Roy Collins 1955
43% Sign of the Pagan Attila the Hun 1954
13% The Silver Chalice Simon 1954
No Score Yet Man in the Attic Slade 1953
No Score Yet Arrowhead Toriano 1953
No Score Yet Second Chance Cappy Gordon 1953
97% Shane Wilson 1953
100% Sudden Fear Lester Blaine 1952
No Score Yet Golden Age of TV Dramas Actor 1951
96% Panic in the Streets Blackie 1950
88% Halls of Montezuma Pigeon Lane 1950


No Score Yet Night Visions
Jennings 2001
85% Mystery Science Theater 3000
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Louis 1966


Neal Mottram says: Awful lot of weirdos around and who can tell what it takes to please them.

Capt. Jesus Raza says: You want perfection, or nothing. The revolution was never perfect. We fight because we believe, we leave because we are disilliusioned, we return because we are lost, we die because we are committed.

Bill Dolworth says: To die for a woman is even more foolish, any woman, even her.

Bill Dolworth says: My word to Grant 'aint worth a plug nickle.

Rico (Henry Fardan) says: You gave your word to me.

Hans Ehrengard says: Mr Grant, I can make 'em go, but I can't make 'em do.

Curly says: [to Mitch] I crap bigger than you.

Shane says: I've heard that you're a low-down Yankee liar.

Jack Wilson says: Prove it.

Carl Grissom says: Jack Listen maybe we can cut a deal?

Joker/Jack Napier says: Jack? Jack is dead my friend you can call me Joker and as you can see im alot happier

Joker/Jack Napier says: Jack? Jack is dead my friend you can call me Joker and as you can see im alot happier.

Carl Grissom says: Jack, listen... maybe we can work some kind of deal.

Joker/Jack Napier says: Jack...? Jack is dead my friend. But you can call me... Joker. And as you can see, I'm a lot happier.

Joker/Jack Napier says: Jack? Jack is dead my friend. But you can call me... Joker. And as you can see, I'm a lot happier.

Carl Grissom says: My friend your luck is about to change!

Carl Grissom says: My friend, your luck is about to change!

Mitch Robbins says: Hi, Curly, kill anyone today?

Curly says: Day ain't over yet.