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      Jack Nance

      Jack Nance

      Highest Rated: 91% Eraserhead (1977)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Ghoulies (1985)

      Birthday: Dec 21, 1943

      Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      A cult celebrity as the star of David Lynch's nightmarish directorial debut "Eraserhead" (1977), Jack Nance lived a life every bit as bizarre as any scenario Lynch ever filmed. Born in Boston on December 21, 1943, Nance was raised in Dallas, Texas. Moving to California to join the American Conservatory Theater, Nance met an artist and aspiring filmmaker named David Lynch, who cast him as the hapless Henry Spencer in his student film "Eraserhead." Filming, which was scheduled to take six weeks, stretched from May 1972 to early 1977. (The filming outlasted Nance's marriage to his first wife, Lynch's assistant director Catherine Coulson, whom Nance had married in 1976.) After a supporting role in the Chuck Norris action drama "Breaker! Breaker!" (1977), Nance retreated from acting for five years, resurfacing in Wim Wenders' "Hammett" (1982), horror comedy "Ghoulies" (1984), and action comedy "City Heat" (1984). Along with small roles in all of Lynch's films between "Dune" (1984) and "Lost Highway" (1997), Nance worked steadily as a character actor through the '80s and into the early '90s. His highest-profile role outside of his work with Lynch came in the gritty indie drama "Barfly" (1987) and the Dennis Hopper-directed gang drama "Colors" (1988), but he gained his widest audience as sawmill worker Pete Martell in Lynch's TV series "Twin Peaks" (ABC 1990-91). During this period, Nance was struggling with alcoholism and had a tumultuous relationship with his second wife, adult film actress Kelly Jean Van Dyke, who committed suicide on November 17, 1991. After a period of sobriety, during which he appeared in an episode of teen cult favorite "My So-Called Life" (ABC 1994-95) and indie drama "Love and a .45" (1994), Nance began abusing alcohol again. He died, under mysterious circumstances, of a subdural hematoma in Los Angeles on December 30, 1996.

      Highest rated movies

      Eraserhead poster Eraserhead Love and a .45 poster
      Love and a .45
      Hammett poster
      Barfly poster
      The Hot Spot poster
      The Hot Spot
      Lost Highway poster
      Lost Highway
      Dune poster Dune Little Witches poster
      Little Witches


      ERASERHEAD, Jack Nance, 1977 ERASERHEAD, Jack Nance, 1977 WHORE, Jack Nance, Theresa Russell, 1991, © Trimark WHORE, Jack Nance, Theresa Russell, 1991, © Trimark BLUE VELVET, J. Michael Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nance, Brad Dourif, 1986. (c) De Laurentis Group. BLUE VELVET, J. Michael Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nance, Brad Dourif, 1986. (c) De Laurentis Group.



      68% 87% Lost Highway Phil (Character) $18.0K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault on Dome 4 Mellow (Character) - 1997
      40% 26% Little Witches Father Michael (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 32% The Secret Agent Club Doc (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 20% Voodoo Lewis (Character) - 1995
      83% 70% Love and a .45 Justice Thurman (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 17% Across the Moon Old Cowboy (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 50% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives Mr. Harper (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 24% Meatballs 4 Neil Peterson (Character) - 1992
      38% 35% Whore Man Who Helps Liz (Character) $1.0M 1991
      70% 49% The Hot Spot Julian Ward (Character) $1.2M 1990
      76% 82% Barfly Detective (Character) $116.6K 1987
      8% 20% Ghoulies Wolfgang (Character) - 1985
      43% 65% Dune Nefud (Character) - 1984
      77% 62% Hammett Gary Salt (Character) - 1982
      91% 82% Eraserhead Henry Spencer (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury on Wheels Ace (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bushman Unknown (Character) - 1971


      No Score Yet 83% Twin Peaks: The Return Pete Martell (archive footage) (Guest Star) 2017
      95% 92% My So-Called Life Warren (Guest Star) 1995
      77% 92% Twin Peaks Pete Martell (Character) 1990-1991