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Jack Nance (I) (1943–1996)

Born in Boston of Irish ancestry and raised in Dallas, Jack Nance traveled throughout the country doing children's theater. For eight years, he performed with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later, he became involved with avant-garde theater. He first met David Lynch in the early 1970s in Philadelphia while he was performing in... See full bio »

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 1996 Little Witches
Father Michael
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series)
- Tomorrow I Die (1995) ... Sheriff
 1995 Voodoo
 1995 Across the Moon
Old Cowboy
 1995 My So-Called Life (TV Series)
- Weekend (1995) ... Warren
 1994 Another Midnight Run (TV Movie)
 1991 Whore
Man Who Helps Liz
 1990-1991 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
Pete Martell
- Episode #2.18 (1991) ... Pete Martell (credit only)
 1988 Tricks of the Trade (TV Movie)
 1988 The Blob
 1988 The French as Seen by... (TV Mini-Series)
 1987 Crime Story (TV Series)
Charlie Green
- Little Girl Lost (1987) ... Charlie Green
 1987 Barfly
 1986 Blue Velvet
 1984 Weekend (TV Short)
 1984 Dune
 1977 Eraserhead
Henry Spencer (as John Nance)
 1971 Jump
 1970 Fools
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John Nance


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His second wife, Kelly Van Dyke, aka Nancee Kelly, committed suicide by hanging on November 17, 1991. According to his younger brother Richard Nance, Jack, who was in Bass Lake, California, filming Meatballs 4 at the time, attempted to console her on the phone as she threatened suicide. A lightning storm knocked out the phones in Oregon, subsequently taking over 45 minutes for Nance and the ... See more »

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