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


Theatre World
1951 Theatre World Award Darkness at Noon Winner