Jack Palance

Jack Palance

Highest Rated: 100% Sudden Fear (1952)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)

Birthday: Feb 18, 1919

Birthplace: Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 45% Back When We Were Grownups Paul "Poppy" Davitch (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 61% Prancer Returns Old Man Richards (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 49% Treasure Island Long John Silver (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 72% Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End John Witting (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 33% Marco Polo Beelzebub (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 20% I'll Be Home for Christmas Bob (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 33% Ebenezer Ebenezer Scrooge (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 67% Buffalo Girls Bartle Bone (Character) - 1995
17% 31% City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Duke Washburn (Character) $43.4M 1994
14% 22% Cops and Robbersons Jake Stone (Character) $10.5M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics Dr. Jeremy Wheaton (Character) - 1994
50% 66% The Swan Princess Lord Rothbart (Voice) $9.8M 1994
No Score Yet 20% Cyborg 2 Mercy (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 60% Keep the Change Overstreet (Character) - 1992
90% 64% City Slickers Curly Washburn (Character) $119.8M 1991
No Score Yet 15% Solar Crisis Travis (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 9% Outlaw of Gor Xenos (Character) - 1989
30% 52% Tango & Cash Yves Perret (Character) $61.8M 1989
71% 84% Batman Boss Carl Grissom (Character) $250.7M 1989
41% 76% Young Guns Lawrence G. Murphy (Character) $43.4M 1988
85% 88% Bagdad Cafe Rudi Cox (Character) $17.9K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Haunted Stokes (Character) - 1985
73% 40% Alone in the Dark Frank Hawkes (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Evil Stalks This House Stokes (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Whitey Robinson (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 56% Hawk, the Slayer Voltan (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alien Warning Joe Taylor (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without Warning Joe Taylor (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 0% Angels' Brigade Mike Farrell (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sensuous Nurse Mr. Kitch (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cocaine Cowboys Raphael (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 16% The Shape of Things to Come Omus (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unknown Powers Unknown (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 0% One Man Jury Lt. Wade (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 35% God's Gun (A Bullet from God) (Diamante Lobo) Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 20% Safari Express van Daalen (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 25% Welcome to Blood City Frendlander (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Scarface 'Scarface' Manzari (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of a Hitman Jim Buck (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 10% Black Cobra Judas Carmichael (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 20% The Cop in Blue Jeans Norman Shelley/Richard J. Russo (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet God's Gun Sam Clayton (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 83% The Hatfields and the McCoys Devil Anse Hatfield (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 0% The Four Deuces Vic Morono (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Lt. Alex Bronkov (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Adventure William Bates (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Africa Express Robert Preston/Willaim Hunter (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Godchild Rourke (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 10% Craze Neal Mottram (Character) - 1974
60% 43% Dracula Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 46% It Can Be Done, Amigo Sonny Bronston (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 31% Oklahoma Crude Hellman (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pozo del Odio Hellman (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 56% Chato's Land Capt. Quincey Whitmore (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Imagine Himself (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Jack-Leg Buck Santini (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Short and Happy Life of the Brothers Blue Hillman (Character) - 1971
30% 59% The Horsemen Tursen (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 87% Companeros John (Character) - 1970
89% 64% Monte Walsh Chet Rollins (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The McMasters Kolby (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 42% Deadly Sanctuary Antonin (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 0% They Came to Rob Las Vegas Douglas (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 33% The Desperados Parson Josiah Galt (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of the Commandos Col. Charley MacPherson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 19% Che! Fidel Castro (Character) - 1969
80% 76% The Mercenary Ricciolo (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 58% Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 46% Torture Garden Ronald Wyatt (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 33% Kill a Dragon Rick Masters (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy in the Green Hat Louis Strago (Character) - 1966
88% 81% The Professionals Jesus Raza (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 50% Alice Through the Looking Glass Jabberwock (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 55% Once a Thief Walter Pedak (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Train to Milan Herr Bauer/Schneider (Character) - 1965
93% 85% Contempt Jeremy Prokosch (Character) $40.6K 1963
89% 66% Barabbas Torvald (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sword of the Conqueror Alboino (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Warriors Five Jack (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Judgment Matteoni (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Barbarians Revak (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mongols Ogatai (Character) - 1960
40% No Score Yet Battle of Austerlitz General Weirother (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond All Limits Jim Gatsby (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 36% Ten Seconds to Hell Eric Koertner (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Inside Milo March (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Numbers Arnie Judlow/Bill Judlow (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flor de Mayo Unknown (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 18% The Lonely Man Jacob Wade (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Requiem for a Heavyweight Harlan "Mountain" McClintock (Character) - 1956
100% 77% Attack! Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co. (Character) - 1956
88% 58% The Big Knife Charles Castle (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 56% I Died a Thousand Times Roy Earle/Roy Collins (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss of Fire El Tigre (Character) - 1955
43% 33% Sign of the Pagan Attila (Character) - 1954
13% 19% The Silver Chalice Simon The Magician (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 40% Second Chance Cappy Gordon (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 41% Arrowhead Toriano (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight to Tangier Gil Walker (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 30% Man in the Attic Slade (Character) - 1953
97% 81% Shane Jack Wilson (Character) - 1953
100% 84% Sudden Fear Lester Blaine (Character) - 1952
88% 48% Halls of Montezuma Pigeon Lane (Character) - 1950
96% 77% Panic in the Streets Blackie (Character) - 1950

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio Spotlight Unknown (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Visions Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Bartle Bone (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1991 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Guest 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Lt. Alex Bronkov (Character) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973 1964 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1968
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953
90% No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1950

QUOTES FROM Jack Palance CHARACTERS

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.