Jack Palance

Jack Palance


Jack Palance, the career film actor with theatre roots, who played a series of memorable villains in the 1950s, died Nov. 10, 2006, at his house in Montecito, California. He was 87. Tall and lanky, with narrow eyes, high wide cheekbones and a shock of dark hair, he made a memorable impression in his first film, Elia Kazan's thriller "Panic in the Streets" in 1950, in which he played a tough gangster unknowingly carrying the bubonic plague. Two years later he won an Oscar nomination for his performance as Joan Crawford's killer husband in "Sudden Fear." Many critics commented on the actor's animal intensity and obvious relish for his work.

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  • Also known as: Walter J. Palance
  • Born: Feb 18, 1919 in Lattimer Mines, PA
  • Death: Nov 10, 2006 in Montecito, California

Roles (5)

Darkness at Noon Playbill - Jan 1951 Darkness at Noon (1951)
Opened Jan 13, 1951
  • as Gletkin (Original)
Darkness at Noon - Jan 1951
The Vigil Playbill - May 1948 The Vigil (1948)
Opened May 21, 1948
  • as Simon (Original)
Production Placeholder A Temporary Island (1948)
Opened Mar 14, 1948
  • as Mr. Boutourlinsky (Original)
A Streetcar Named Desire Playbill - Aug 1948 A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
Opened Dec 3, 1947
  • as Stanley Kowalski (Replacement)
The Big Two Playbill - Jan 1947 The Big Two (1947)
Opened Jan 8, 1947
  • as Russian Soldier (Original)


Theatre World
1951 Theatre World Award Darkness at Noon Winner