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Jack Palance

This lanky, 6’ 3” actor with the menacing looks played heroes & villains for over 50 years,  specializing mainly in larger than life  bad guys such as the vicious killer in the classic western “Shane”, but it wasn’t until 1992 that he won critical acclaim & an  Oscar for the comedy “City Slickers”.

Fact File

Birth Name: Vladimir Palanuik

Date Of Birth: 18th February 1919

Place Of Birth:
Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA

Height: 6’ 3”

Virginia Baker (1949 - 1966)

Film Debut:
Panic In The Streets (1950)

Signature Film Role:
Swifty Morgan in “Support Your

Academy Awards:
Jack has been nominated 3 times for Best Supporting Actor Oscars
1953 - “Sudden Fear” (Nominated)
1954 - “Shane” (Nominated)
1992 - “City Slickers” (Won)

Jack Palance

Jack Palance’s Top 5 Movies on DVD

Sudden Fear [DVD](1952) DVD
Playwright and wealthy San Francisco heiress Joan Crawford becomes romantically involved with actor Jack Palance, but Palance decides he has special plans for their relationship, as he schemes to get Crawford's hefty inheritance with help from deceptive ex-girlfriend Gloria Grahame. Will Joan stop their murderous plot in time? With Touch (Mike) Connors in his film debut. 111 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access.

Barabbas [DVD](1962) DVD
Fanciful, yet moving, Biblical-based epic about the thief and murderer whose life was spared by Pilate instead of Jesus'. Anthony Quinn plays Barabbas, with support from Silvana Mangano, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance. 137 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.

Chato's Land [DVD](1972) DVD
Charles Bronson is at his steely best as an Apache who murders a white man in self-defense in a saloon argument, then finds himself being trailed by a posse headed by nasty tough guy Jack Palance. Co-stars Richard Basehart and James Whitmore. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Spanish, French; theatrical trailer.

Batman [DVD](1989) DVD
The dramatic, blockbuster thriller pits playboy-turned-dark knight detective Michael Keaton against the ghoulishly garish Joker, played to perfection by Jack Nicholson. Kim Basinger supplies the love interest as photographer Vicki Vale; with Robert Wuhl, Michael Gough, Jack Palance. Tim Burton directs. 126 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; filmographies; scene access.

City Slickers [DVD](1991) DVD
Hilarious mid-life crisis comedy stars Billy Crystal as a New York radio ad man in his late 30s who joins pals Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby for a special vacation to re-evaluate their lives, heading to the Southwest to take part in a cattle drive overseen by a crusty cowpoke (Oscar-winner Jack Palance). Helen Slater, Patricia Wettig co-star. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.


Jack Palance’s Top 5 Movies on VHS

Shane(1953) VHS
Western saga with Alan Ladd as a former gunfighter who defends homesteaders and is idolized by a young boy. Two-fisted action and a tearful finale mark this George Stevens classic. Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Jean Arthur. 118 min.

Requiem For A Heavyweight(1955) VHS
Writer Rod Serling's powerful tale of a washed-up boxer who leaves the ring, only to find he's unsuited for any other work, won five Emmy Awards when originally broadcast on TV's "Playhouse 90." Jack Palance, Keenan Wynn, Ed Wynn and Kim Hunter star. 90 min.

The Mongols(1960) VHS
Large-scale spectacular starring Jack Palance as the son of Genghis Khan whose illicit love affair with rebel beauty Anita Ekberg changes the course of history. Andre de Toth ("House of Wax") directs; the battle scenes are truly impressive. 105 min.

The Professionals(1966) VHS
Lusty, rousing tale about four soldiers of fortune (Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode) in the 1917 West hired by a cattle baron to rescue his kidnapped wife from a Mexican bandit. With Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, Ralph Bellamy. 117 min.

A Professional Gun(1970) VHS
Thrilling "Spaghetti Western" set in the Texas border region during the Mexican Revolution. Franco Nero, Tony Musante and Jack Palance star as hired gunslingers who work both sides of the law and team up for a crime spree, before greed breaks up their uneasy alliance. Music by Ennio Morricone. AKA: "The Mercenary." 92 min.


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The Professionals (1966)
Companeros (1970)
Chato’s Land (1971)
Young Guns (1988)
Batman (1989)

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