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Jack Palance (1919–2006)

Jack Palance exemplified evil incarnate on film -- portraying some of the most intensely despised villains witnessed in 50s westerns and melodrama. He received two Best Supporting Actor nominations early in his career, but it would take a grizzled, eccentric comic performance 40 years later for him to finally grab the coveted statuette. Of ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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City Slickers
Batman Carl Grissom
Shane Jack Wilson
Tango & Cash
Tango & Cash Yves Perret


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 2004 Back When We Were Grownups (TV Movie)
Paul 'Poppy' Davitch
 2002 Living with the Dead (TV Movie)
Allan Van Praagh
 2001 Prancer Returns (Video)
Old Man Richards
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
Jake Jennings (segment "Bitter Harvest")
- Bitter Harvest/My So Called Life and Death (2001) ... Jake Jennings (segment "Bitter Harvest")
 1999 Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (TV Movie)
 1999/II Treasure Island
Long John Silver
 1998 Ebenezer (TV Movie)
Ebenezer Scrooge
 1997 I'll Be Home for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1995 Buffalo Girls (TV Mini-Series)
Bartle Bone
 1994 The Swan Princess
Lord Rothbart (voice)
 1994 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (TV Movie)
Dr. Jeremy Wheaton (segment "Where the Dead Are")
 1994 Cops and Robbersons
Jake Stone
 1993 Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (Video)
 1992 Eli's Lesson
Old Pilot
 1992 Keep the Change (TV Movie)
 1991 City Slickers
 1991 Horror of the Hungry Humongous Hungan (Video)
Opening Narration (voice)
 1990 Solar Crisis
 1989 Tango & Cash
Yves Perret
 1989 Batman
Carl Grissom
 1988 Gor II
 1988 Young Guns
L. G. Murphy
 1987 Bagdad Cafe
Rudi Cox
 1987 Gor
 1982 Alone in the Dark
Frank Hawkes
 1981 Tales of the Haunted (TV Movie)
 1980 Hawk the Slayer
 1980 Without Warning
Joe Taylor
 1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (TV Movie)
Whitey Robinson
 1980 The Ivory Ape (TV Movie)
Marc Kazarian
 1979 The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV Movie)
Will Smith
 1979 Cocaine Cowboys
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
- Planet of the Slave Girls (1979) ... Kaleel
 1979 Portrait of a Hitman
Jim Buck
 1979 Angels' Brigade
Mike Farrell
 1978 The One Man Jury
Lt. Wade
 1977 Welcome to Blood City
Sheriff Friedlander
 1976 Sangue di sbirro
 1976 Rulers of the City
'Scarface' Manzari
 1976 Safari Express
van Daalen
 1976 Eva nera
Judas Carmichael
 1975-1976 Bronk (TV Series)
Lt. Alex Bronkov
- The Vigilante (1976) ... Lt. Alex Bronkov
- Death with Honor (1976) ... Lt. Alex Bronkov
- The Ordeal (1976) ... Lt. Alex Bronkov
- Vengeance (1976) ... Lt. Alex Bronkov
- Jailbreak (1976) ... Lt. Alex Bronkov
 1976 The Cop in Blue Jeans
Norman Shelley / Richard J. Russo
 1976 Diamante Lobo
Sam Clayton
 1975 The Sensuous Nurse
Mr. Kitch
 1975 Africa Express
Robert Preston / Willaim Hunter
 1975 The Great Adventure
William Bates
 1975 The Four Deuces
Vic Morono - the Boss
 1975 The Hatfields and the McCoys (TV Movie)
Devil Anse Hatfield
 1974 The Godchild (TV Movie)
 1974 Craze
Neal Mottram
 1974 Dracula (TV Movie)
 1973 Oklahoma Crude
 1972 And So Ends
 1972 Father Jackleg
Buck Santini
 1972 Chato's Land
Capt. Quincey Whitmore
 1972 It Can Be Done Amigo
Sonny Bronston
 1971 The Horsemen
 1970 Companeros
 1970 Monte Walsh
Chet Rollins
 1970 The McMasters
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
President Andrew Jackson
- Trail of Tears (1970) ... President Andrew Jackson
 1969 Battle of the Commandos
Col. Charley MacPherson
 1969 Che!
Fidel Castro
 1969 Marquis de Sade's Justine
 1969 A Bullet for Rommel
Major John Heston
 1969 The Desperados
Parson Josiah Galt
 1968 The Mercenary
Ricciolo - 'Curly'
 1968 Madigan's Millions
Matteo Cirini (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1968 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
 1967 Kill a Dragon
Rick Masters
 1967 Torture Garden
Ronald Wyatt (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
 1967 The Spy in the Green Hat
Louis Strago
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Louis Strago
- The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Part II (1966) ... Louis Strago
- The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Part I (1966) ... Louis Strago
 1966 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
 1966 The Professionals
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Julian Hays
- I Am the Late Diana Hays (1966) ... Julian Hays
 1965 Convoy (TV Series)
Harvey Bell
- The Many Colors of Courage (1965) ... Harvey Bell
 1965 Once a Thief
Walter Pedak
 1963-1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Johnny Slate
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... Johnny Slate
- There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities (1964) ... Johnny Slate
- This Train Don't Stop Till It Gets There (1964) ... Johnny Slate
- Love the Giver (1964) ... Johnny Slate
- The Glorious Days of the Used to Be (1964) ... Johnny Slate
 1963 Contempt
Jeremy Prokosch
 1962 La guerra continua
 1962 Night Train to Milan
Herr Bauer / Schneider
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 The Last Judgment
 1961 The Mongols
 1961 Sword of the Conqueror
 1960 The Barbarians
Revak, the Barbarian Celt
 1960 The Battle of Austerlitz
Gen. Weirother
 1959 Beyond All Limits
Jim Gatsby
 1959 Ten Seconds to Hell
Eric Koertner
 1958 The Man Inside
Milo March
 1956-1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Manolete / Monroe Stahr / Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock
- The Death of Manolete (1957) ... Manolete
- The Last Tycoon (1957) ... Monroe Stahr
- Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956) ... Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock
 1957 House of Numbers
Arnie Judlow / Bill Judlow
 1957 The Lonely Man
Jacob Wade
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Dan Morgan
- Lariat (1956) ... Dan Morgan
 1956 Attack
Lt. Joe Costa - Fox Co.
 1955 I Died a Thousand Times
Roy Earle / Roy Collins
 1955 Kiss of Fire
El Tigre
 1955 The Big Knife
Charles Castle
 1954 Sign of the Pagan
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Simon The Magician
 1953 Man in the Attic
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Tom Walker
- The Kiss-Off (1953) ... Tom Walker
 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Scott Malone / Kurt Bauman
- Brandenburg Gate (1953) ... Scott Malone / Kurt Bauman
 1953 Flight to Tangier
Gil Walker
 1953 Arrowhead
 1953 Second Chance
Cappy Gordon
 1953 Shane
Jack Wilson (as Walter Jack Palance)
 1953 The Web (TV Series)
- The Last Chance (1953)
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
- Necktie Party (1952)
 1951-1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- Little Man, Big World (1952) ... Arky
- The King in Yellow (1951) ... (as Walter Palance)
 1952 Sudden Fear
Lester Blaine
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
- Azaya (1952)
 1951 Halls of Montezuma
Pigeon Lane (as Walter {Jack} Palance)
 1950 Panic in the Streets
Blackie (as Walter Jack Palance)
 1950 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1949 Hands of Mystery (TV Series)
- Street Gang (1949) ... (as Walter Palance)
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TV commercial: Played a preacher, with Lee Van Cleef, for Midas Mufflers. See more »

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Alternate Names:

J. Palance | Walter Jack Palance | Walter {Jack} Palance | Walter Palance


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The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed. See more »


During the early phases of pre-production for The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck suggested Palance for the role of the robot Gort. The role was eventually filled by a much taller non-actor. See more »


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