Jack Palance

Jack Palance
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Jack Palance
TV: South side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Volodymir Ivanovich Palahniuk on Feb. 18, 1919 in Lattimer Mines, PA
Died Nov. 10, 2006 of natural causes in Montecito, CA

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.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1952 Best Supporting Actor Sudden Fear Nomination
    1953 Best Supporting Actor Shane Nomination
    1991 Best Supporting Actor City Slickers Win

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