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American actor and singer, famous for "tough guy" roles in many movies. He was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in 1992 for his role in City Slickers.
Jack Palance was born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna (née Gramiak) and Ivan Palahniuk, an anthracite coal miner. His parents were Ukrainian immigrants, his father a native of Ivane Zolote in southwestern Ukraine (modern Ternopil Oblast) and his mother from the Lviv Oblast, an ethnic Pole.
Fighting under the name Jack Brazzo, Palance compiled a record of 15 consecutive victories with 12 knockouts before losing a close decision to future heavyweight contender Joe Baksi. In World War II, Palance's boxing career ended, and he joined the United States Army Air Forces, as a student pilot, from 1942 to 1944.
In 1957, Palance won an Emmy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Mountain McClintock in the Playhouse 90 production of Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight.
Palance was awarded the title of "People's Artist" by Vladimir Putin, president of Russia; however, Palance refused the title on the grounds that he was Ukrainian and had nothing to do with Russia.
Four decades after his film debut, Palance won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on March 30, 1992 for his performance as cowboy Curly Washburn in the comedy City Slickers (1991). Stepping onstage to accept the award, the 6' 4" (1.93 m) actor looked down at 5' 7" (1.70 m) Oscar host Billy Crystal (who was also his co-star in the movie), and joked, mimicking one of his lines from the film, "Billy Crystal... I crap bigger than him." He then dropped to the floor and demonstrated his ability, at age 73, to perform one-handed push-ups.
Palance has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard.
Palance was married to his first wife Virginia Baker from 1949 to 1968. They had three children: Holly (born 1950), Brooke (born 1952), and Cody (1955–1998). On New Year's Day 2003, Baker was struck and killed by a car in Los Angeles. In May 1987, Palance married his second wife Elaine Rogers.
On November 10, 2006, Palance died of natural causes at age 87 at his daughter Holly's home in Montecito, California.
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