Jack Palance was one of the best-loved bad guys in motion picture and television history — the murderous husband in "Sudden Fear" (1952), the creepy gunslinger in "Shane" (1953) and the cantankerous cattle driver Curly in "City Slickers."
Equally at home on television, Palance earned an Emmy for his role as a has-been boxer in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" in 1956.
In reality, the gruff-seeming character actor was actually a sensitive fellow. Although he enjoyed raising cattle, he was a vegetarian who had painted abstract landscapes since the 1950s, loved trees and wrote poetry. He wrote and illustrated a book with the non-villainous title of "The Forest of Love: A Love Story in Blank Verse," which was published in 1996.
Surrounded by art in Rome, where he lived for a number of years making spaghetti westerns, Palance was inspired to take up painting. His artwork, which bore the stamp of Impressionism, had been exhibited about a dozen times.
|1952||Best Supporting Actor||Sudden Fear||Nomination|
|1953||Best Supporting Actor||Shane||Nomination|
|1991||Best Supporting Actor||City Slickers||Win|