Friday, November 10, 2006

Jack Palance, February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006

Jack Palance, one of the best actors ever born, has passed away from natural causes.

From the LA Times:
Jack Palance, the leather-faced, gravelly-voiced actor who earned Academy Award nominations for "Sudden Fear" and "Shane," and who finally captured the Oscar almost 40 years later as the crusty trail boss in the 1991 comedy western "City Slickers," has died. He was 87.

Palance, who had been in failing health with a number of maladies, died today of natural causes in Montecito at the home of his daughter Holly, family members said.

He 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" -- and kept acting well into his 80s.
I remember being first introduced to Jack Palance when he hosted the old Ripley's Believe It or Not TV show back in the 80's. His cameo in Batman as Boss Carl Grissom was memorable and nobody can forget Curly from City Slickers.

Jack Palance will be missed.

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