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Jack Palance (1919–2006)

Few people know that veteran movie actor Jack Palance was a professional heavyweight boxer in the early 1940s. Fighting under the name Jack Brazzo, Palance a product of Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, won his first 15 fights, 12 by knockout before losing a 4th round decision to future heavyweight contender Joe Baksi on Dec. 17, 1940. With the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1994 Cops and Robbersons
Jake Stone
 1992 Eli's Lesson
Old Pilot
 1990 Solar Crisis
 1988 Gor II
 1987 Bagdad Cafe
Rudi Cox
 1987 Gor
 1980 Hawk the Slayer
 1979 Cocaine Cowboys
 1979 Portrait of a Hitman
Jim Buck
 1979 Angels' Brigade
Mike Farrell
 1978 The One Man Jury
Lt. Wade
 1977 Welcome to Blood City
 1976 Safari Express
van Daalen
 1976 Sangue di sbirro
 1976 Rulers of the City
'Scarface' Manzari
 1976 Eva nera
Judas Carmichael
 1976 Africa Express
Robert Preston / Willaim Hunter
 1976 The Cop in Blue Jeans
Norman Shelley / Richard J. Russo
 1976 God's Gun
Sam Clayton
 1975 The Sensuous Nurse
Mr. Kitch
 1975 Il richiamo del lupo
William Bates
 1975 The Four Deuces
Vic Morono - the Boss
 1974 Craze
Neal Mottram
 1973 Oklahoma Crude
 1972 And So Ends
 1972 Father Jackleg
Buck Santini
 1972 Chato's Land
Capt. Quincey Whitmore
 1972 Si può fare... amigo
Sonny Bronston
 1971 The Horsemen
 1970 Companeros
 1970 The McMasters
 1969 Battle of the Commandos
Col. Charley MacPherson
 1969 Deadly Sanctuary
 1969 A Bullet for Rommel
Major John Heston
 1969 The Desperados
Parson Josiah Galt
 1968 A Professional Gun
Ricciolo ('Curly')
 1968 Madigan's Millions
Matteo Cirini (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1967 Kill a Dragon
Rick Masters
 1967 Torture Garden
Ronald Wyatt (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
 1966 The Professionals
 1965 Once a Thief
Walter Pedak
 1962 La guerra continua
 1962 Night Train to Milan
Herr Bauer / Schneider
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 The Mongols
 1960 The Barbarians
 1960 The Battle of Austerlitz
General Weirother
 1959 Ten Seconds to Hell
Eric Koertner
 1959 Beyond All Limits
Jim Gatsby
 1958 The Man Inside
Milo March
 1957 House of Numbers
Arnie Judlow / Bill Judlow
 1957 The Lonely Man
Jacob Wade
 1956 Attack
Lt. Joe Costa, Fox Co.
 1955 I Died a Thousand Times
Roy Earle / Roy Collins
 1955 Kiss of Fire
El Tigre
 1953 Flight to Tangier
Gil Walker, Pilot
 1953 Arrowhead
 1953 Second Chance
Cappy Gordon
 1953 Shane
Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)
 1950 Halls of Montezuma
Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
 1950 Panic in the Streets
Blackie (as Walter Jack Palance)
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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 10 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Walter Jack Palance | Walter {Jack} Palance | Walter Palance


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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[Talking about filming 1980's "Without Warning"] I don't particularly care for the so-called Method style of acting, but I was madder than hell at that alien. See more »


In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Palance was a professional boxer in the heavyweight class, fighting under the name Jack Brazzo. He won his first 15 fights, then enlisted in the military when World War II broke out. After the war, he took up acting and never resumed his boxing career. See more »


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