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Jack Palance

Highest Rated:   100% Monte Walsh (1970)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
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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 estab

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Actor
1994
19% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • Duke
1994
44% The Swan Princess
  • Rothbart
1994
15% 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
90% City Slickers
  • Curly
1991
No Score Yet Solar Crisis (Crisis 2050)
  • Travis
1989
33% 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
42% Young Guns
  • L.G. Murphy
1988
No Score Yet The Black Cobra (Cobra Nero)
  • Actor
1988
88% 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
67% 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
40% The Horsemen
  • Tursen
1971
No Score Yet Chato's Land
  • Capt. Quincey Whitmore
1971
No Score Yet Vamos a matar, compañeros (Companeros)
  • John
1970
100% 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
93% The Professionals
  • Capt. Jesus Raza
1966
No Score Yet Once a Thief
  • Walter Pedak
1965
94% Contempt
  • Jeremiah Prokosch
$39.7k 1964
No Score Yet Sword Of The Conqueror
  • Actor
1962
100% Barabbas
  • Torvald
1961
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
80% 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
95% Panic in the Streets
  • Blackie
1950
83% Halls of Montezuma
  • Pigeon Lane
1950

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