Jack Palance

Jack Palance
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Jack Palance
Jack Palance
Palance in 1953
Birthday/Birthplace Volodymyr Palahniuk
(1919-02-18)February 18, 1919
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Deceased November 10, 2006(2006-11-10)
Montecito, California, U.S.
Other names Jack Brazzo
Walter Palance
Walter J. Palance
Walter Jack Palance
Profession(s) Actor, singer
Active Years 1947–2004
Wife/Husband Virginia Baker (m. 1949; div. 1968)
Elaine Rogers (m. 1987)
Kid(s) 3, including Holly Palance

Jack Palance (Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, United States, February 18, 1919 – Montecito, California, United States, November 10, 2006) was an American actor who won the awards Óscar and Golden Globe. Famous for his villainous roles when playing hard, bad or psychopathic characters.

Jack Palance’s Biography

He was born on February 18, 1919 in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, in a family of modest Ukrainian immigrants. His legal name was Vladimir Ivanovich Palahniuk.

His hard-featured face and corpulence made him the evil ideal on the big screen, a face that allowed him to play almost exclusively murderers and psychopaths in the more than eighty films in which he acted.

Boxer

Of humble origin, he was a bootblack, lifeguard, boxer and soldier before becoming an actor.

The son of an extraction miner, at the end of the 1930s he launched under the pseudonym of Jack Brazzo a career in professional boxing that brought him several successes: besides winning his first fifteen fights, twelve of them by knockout, achieved a record of eighteen wins in twenty matches. The blows in boxing disfigured his face.

Palance left professional boxing to enlist in the armed forces in the early 1940s. He participated in World War II, where his face was damaged again when the bomber plane he was on exploded in the air. He underwent several reconstructive operations.

Beginnings in theater and cinema

After being discharged in 1944, he enrolled at Stanford University in California, but did not graduate: he left a course without passing and left the race in 1949. Already in his old age, the university would grant him a honorary degree as a bachelor.

Before finding his great opportunities as an actor, Palance worked as an ice cream vendor, swim teacher, bodyguard and even journalist. Until he gets on the Broadway stage and one day he is discovered by director Elia Kazan, who is impressed by “a face that only a mother could love”. The square face and the marked chin gave Palance a mysterious air, with which he was able to bristle the skin with his gaze fixed.

His unusual physique was his lucky card when in 1947 he had to replace Anthony Quinn and then Marlon Brando, with convalescence, in the Broadway production A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Elia Kazan. Three years later this director would throw him to the big screen with Panic in the streets (Panic in the streets, 1950).

Successful “villain”

It is then when his image of “villain” begins to be delineated in films like Arrowhead, Man in the Attic, Deep Roots or Sign of the Pagan. In 1954 he participated in the failed biblical film The Silver Cup, where a young Paul Newman debuted.

In 1955, Robert Aldrich granted him his first psychological role in The Big Knife, where he showed another facet of his talent.

In 1966, he took part in Richard Brooks’ The Professionals, in a group of figures such as Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale. That same year he also participated in a children’s film directed by Alan Handley entitled Alice Through the Looking Glass, where he played the role of Jabberwock or Dusvelock. In 1969 he has a role in a film about Che Guevara directed by Richard Fleischer (Che!), With Omar Sharif as the protagonist.

In those years he worked with several Spanish directors: in 1968 with Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi in the movie Las Vegas, 500 million, and the following year with Jesús Franco in Justine: Marqués de Sade, a film starring Klaus Kinski and Romina Power .

Decline

During the 1970s he went through a difficult period because he turned his back on numerous Hollywood projects, whom he did not forgive for having pigeonholed him in villainous roles.

Despite other attempts, thanks to roles of directors such as John Frankenheimer or Stuart Heisler, or his work in Le mépris by Jean-Luc Godard in 1964, along with Brigitte Bardot, he was always forced to continue accepting the bad papers in modest productions. One can highlight the western Monte Walsh (1977), where Palance works with Lee Marvin and Jeanne Moreau, and Portrait of a Hitman (1977), where he rubs shoulders with Rod Steiger.

In the 1980s, he enlivened the television program Ripley, although you may not believe it, also known in Spanish as ¡Alou do not believe it! (in English, “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”) which showed curiosities of the whole world. Later he would be driven by his daughter Holly Palance.

Return to success

After several low-profile Italian productions (like Joe D’Amato’s Black Cobra Woman) Palance made a remarkable comeback and regained international popularity with Baghdad Café by Percy Adlon (1987), Tango and Cash (mix of action and humor starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell) and Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).

Misanthrope like his friend Lee Marvin, Palance lived isolated in his ranch in California and devoted his time to painting and their children. He also wrote a book of poems, The Forest of Love (1996). He spoke six languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Italian, Spanish and French, apart from English.

In 1991, at age 73, he won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role with Billy Crystal in the comedy-style western “City Slickers” (known in Spanish as “City Cowboys”), where he made a parody of himself as a hard cowboy. The recognition came after several years of waiting.

His last appearance on the screen was in 2005 for a television series: Back When We Were Grownups.

Death

Died on November 10, 2006 in California, at age 87, of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California, surrounded by his family.

Jack Palance Net Worth – $10 Million

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