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Jack Palance
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Palance in 1953
Volodymyr Palahniuk

(1919-02-18)February 18, 1919
DiedNovember 10, 2006(2006-11-10) (aged 87)
Other namesJack Brazzo
Walter Palance
Walter J. Palance
Walter Jack Palance
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1947–2006
Virginia Baker
(m. 1949;div. 1968)

Elaine Rogers(m. 1987)
Children3, including Holly Palance

Jack Palance ( /ˈpæləns/ PAL-əns; born Volodymyr Palahniuk (Ukrainian : Володимир Палагню́к); February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) was an American actor and singer of Ukrainian derivation. [1] He was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, receiving nominations for his roles in Sudden Fear (1952) and Shane (1953), and winning the Oscar almost 40 years later for his role in City Slickers (1991).

Ukrainian language language member of the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic languages

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Early life

Jack Palance was born Volodymyr Palahniuk in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna (née Gramiak) and Ivan Palahniuk, an anthracite coal miner. [2] His parents were Ukrainian immigrants, [3] [4] his father a native of Ivane Zolote in southwestern Ukraine (modern Ternopil Oblast) and his mother from the Lviv Oblast, an ethnic Pole. [5] [6] One of six children, he worked in coal mines during his youth before becoming a professional boxer in the late 1930s.

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Ukrainians are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Ukraine, which is by total population the seventh-largest nation in Europe. The Constitution of Ukraine applies the term 'Ukrainians' to all its citizens. The people of Ukraine have historically been known as "Rusyns (Ruthenians)" and "Cossacks", among others. According to most dictionary definitions, a descriptive name for the "inhabitants of Ukraine" is Ukrainian or Ukrainian people.

Fighting under the name Jack Brazzo, Palance reportedly compiled a record of 15 consecutive victories with 12 knockouts before losing a close decision to future heavyweight contender Joe Baksi in a Pier-6 brawl (a colloquial term meaning an unsanctioned and particularly rough fight). [7] [8] [9] Years later he recounted: "Then, I thought, you must be nuts to get your head beat in for $200." [10]

Knockout fight-ending, winning criterion in certain full-contact combat sports

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Heavyweight is a weight class in combat sports.

Joe Baksi American boxer

Joe Baksi was a top heavyweight contender who defeated fighters such as Tami Mauriello, Lee Savold, Lou Nova, and Freddie Mills, while losing decisions to Jersey Joe Walcott and Ezzard Charles.

World War II

With the outbreak of World War II, Palance's athletic career ended, and his military career as a member of the United States Army Air Forces began. Palance's face, which took many beatings in the boxing ring, was said to have become disfigured while bailing out of a burning B-24 Liberator bomber during a training flight over Southern Arizona (where Palance was a student pilot). His distinctive cheekbones and deep set eyes were said to have been the result of reconstructive surgery.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

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Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial production aircraft were laid down as export models designated as various LB-30s, in the Land Bomber design category.

The story behind Palance's face was repeated numerous times (including in respected film reference works), but upon his death, several obituaries of Palance quoted him as saying that the entire story had been contrived: "Studio press agents make up anything they want to, and reporters go along with it. One flack created the legend that I had been blown up in an air crash during the war, and my face had to be put back together by way of plastic surgery. If it is a 'bionic face', why didn't they do a better job of it?"

Palance was honorably discharged from the United States Army Air Forces in 1944.

Acting career

After the war, he attended Stanford University, leaving one credit shy of graduating to pursue a career in the theatre. [11]

Stanford University Private research university in Stanford, California

Leland Stanford Junior University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities.

During his university years, he worked as a short order cook, waiter, soda jerk, lifeguard at Jones Beach State Park, and photographer's model.

His last name was actually a derivative of his original name. In an episode of What's My Line?, he described how no one could pronounce his last name and it was suggested that he be called Palanski. From that he decided just to use Palance instead. [12]

A Streetcar Named Desire

Palance in The Godchild (1974) Jack Palance 1974.jpg
Palance in The Godchild (1974)

Palance made his Broadway debut in The Big Two in 1947, playing a Russian soldier, directed by Robert Montgomery.

His acting break came as Marlon Brando's understudy in A Streetcar Named Desire, and he eventually replaced Brando on stage as Stanley Kowalski. (It was Anthony Quinn who got to tour the play, though.)

Palance appeared in two plays in 1948 which had short runs, A Temporary Island and The Vigil. He debuted on television in 1949.

Film career

Palance made his screen debut in the movie Panic in the Streets (1950), directed by Elia Kazan, who had directed Streetcar on Broadway. He played a gangster and was credited as "Walter (Jack) Palance".

The same year he was featured in Halls of Montezuma (1951) about the United States Marines in World War II. He returned to Broadway for Darkness at Noon (1951), by Sidney Kingsley, which was a minor hit.

Two Oscar nominations

Palance was second billed in just his third film, playing opposite Joan Crawford in the thriller Sudden Fear (1952). His character is written in as having been a coal miner, just as Palance's father had been. [13] Palance received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. [14]

He was nominated in the same category the following year as well, for his role as the hired gunfighter Jack Wilson in Shane (1953). This film was a huge hit and Palance was now established as a film name.


Palance played a villain in Second Chance (1953) opposite Robert Mitchum and was an Indian in Arrowhead (1953). He got a chance to play a heroic role in Flight to Tangier (1953), a thriller.

Palance played the lead in Man in the Attic (1953), an adaptation of The Lodger . He was Attila the Hun in Sign of the Pagan (1954) with Jeff Chandler, and Simon Magus in the Ancient World epic The Silver Chalice (1954) with Paul Newman.

He had the star part in I Died a Thousand Times (1955), a remake of High Sierra and was cast by Robert Aldrich in two star parts: The Big Knife (1955) from the play by Clifford Odets, as a Hollywood star; and Attack (1956), as a tough soldier in World War Two.

He was in a Western, The Lonely Man (1957), playing the father of Anthony Perkins, and played a double role in House of Numbers (1957).

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 .

International star

Warwick Films hired him to play the hero in The Man Inside (1958), shot in Europe. He was reunited with Aldrich and Chandler on Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) playing a bomb disposal expert, filmed in Germany.

He made Beyond All Limits (1959) in Mexico, and Austerlitz (1960) in France, then did a series of films in Italy: Revak the Rebel (1961), Sword of the Conqueror (1961), The Mongols (1961), The Last Judgment (1961), Barabbas (1961), Night Train to Milan (1962), and Warriors Five (1962).

Jean-Luc Godard persuaded Palance to take on the role of Hollywood producer Jeremy Prokosch in the nouvelle vague movie Le Mépris (1963) with Brigitte Bardot. Although the main dialogue was in French, Palance spoke mostly English.

Return to Hollywood

Palance returned to the US to star in the TV series The Greatest Show on Earth (1963–64).

He played a gangster in Once a Thief (1965) with Alain Delon. Later, in 1966, he appeared in the television movie Alice Through the Looking Glass, directed by Alan Handley, in which he played the Jabberwock . He had a featured role opposite Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster in the Western adventure The Professionals (1966). He guest starred on The Man from UNCLE and the episodes were released as a film, The Spy in the Green Hat (1967).

Palance went to England to do Torture Garden (1967) and did Kill a Dragon (1968) in Hong Kong.

Palance provided narration for the 1967 documentary, And Still Champion! The Story of Archie Moore .

Palance (left) visiting a VA Hospital in 2005 Palance, Jack (VA).jpg
Palance (left) visiting a VA Hospital in 2005

In 1969, Palance recorded a country music album in Nashville, released on Warner Bros. Records. It featured Palance's self-penned song "The Meanest Guy That Ever Lived". The album was re-released on CD in 2003 by the Water label (Water 119).

His films tended to be international co productions by now: They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968), The Mercenary (1968), The Desperados (1969), and Marquis de Sade: Justine (1969).

Palance had a part in the Hollywood blockbuster Che! (1969) playing Fidel Castro opposite Omar Sharif in the title role but the film flopped. Palance went back to action films and Westerns: Battle of the Commandos (1970), The McMasters (1970) and Compañeros (1970).

He had another role in Monte Walsh (1970), from the author of Shane, opposite Lee Marvin, but the film was a box office disappointment. So too was The Horsemen (1971) with Sharif, directed by John Frankenheimer.

Palance supported Bud Spencer in It Can Be Done Amigo (1972) and Charles Bronson in Chato's Land (1972) and had the lead in Sting of the West (1972), and Brothers Blue (1973).

In Britain he appeared in a highly acclaimed TV movie, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1973), playing the title role, directed by Dan Curtis. Three years before, comic book artist Gene Colan based his interpretation of Dracula for the acclaimed series The Tomb of Dracula on Palance, explaining, "He had that cadaverous look, a serpentine look on his face. I knew that Jack Palance would do the perfect Dracula." [15]

He went back to Hollywood for Oklahoma Crude (1973) then to England to star in Craze (1975).

Palance starred in the television series Bronk between 1975 and 1976 for MGM Television. Following it he starred in the TV movie The Hatfields and the McCoys (1975) and The Four Deuces (1976).


In the late 1970s Palance was mostly based in Italy. He supported Ursula Andress in Africa Express (1976) and L'Infermiera (1976), Lee Van Cleef in God's Gun (1976), and Thomas Milian in The Cop in Blue Jeans (1976).

Palance was in Black Cobra Woman (1976); Safari Express (1976), a sequel to Africa Express; Mister Scarface (1976); and Blood and Bullets (1976). He travelled to Canada to make Welcome to Blood City (1977) and the US for The One Man Jury (1978), Portrait of a Hitman (1979) and Angels Revenge (1979).

Palance went back to Canada for H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come (1979).

Return to the US and Ripley's Believe It or Not

In 1980, Jack Palance narrated the documentary The Strongest Man in the World by Canadian filmmaker Halya Kuchmij, about Mike Swistun, a circus strongman who had been a student of Houdini's. Palance attended the premiere of the film on June 6, 1980 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. [16]

He appeared in The Ivory Ape (1980), Without Warning (1980), Hawk the Slayer (1980), and the slasher film Alone in the Dark (1982).

In 1982, Palance began hosting a television revival of Ripley's Believe It or Not! . The weekly series ran from 1982 to 1986 on the American ABC network. The series also starred three different co-hosts from season to season, including Palance's daughter Holly Palance, actress Catherine Shirriff and singer Marie Osmond. Ripley's Believe It or Not! was in rerun syndication on the Sci-fi Channel (UK) and Sci-fi Channel (US) during the 1990s.

He appeared in the films Gor (1987) and Bagdad Café (1987).

Career revival

Palance had never been out of work since his career began. But his success on Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the international box-office hit of Bagdad Cafe (1987) resulted in a demand for his services in big budget Hollywood films.

He made memorable appearances as villains in Young Guns (1988) as Lawrence Murphy, Tango & Cash (1989) and Tim Burton's Batman (1989). He also performed on Roger Waters' first solo album release The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984) and was in Outlaw of Gor (1988) and Solar Crisis (1990).

City Slickers

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.

The audience loved the moment as host Crystal turned it into a running gag. At various points in the broadcast, Crystal announced that Palance was "backstage on the Stairmaster"; had bungee-jumped off the Hollywood sign; had rendezvoused with the space shuttle in orbit; fathered all the children in a production number; been named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive"; and won the New York primary election. At the end of the broadcast, Crystal said he wished he could be back next year but "I've just been informed Jack Palance will be hosting."

Years later, Crystal appeared on Inside the Actors Studio and fondly recalled that, after the Oscar ceremony, Palance approached him during the reception: "He stopped me and put his arms out and went, 'Billy Crystal, who thought it would be you?' It was his really funny way of saying thank you to a little New York Jewy guy who got him the Oscars." [17]

In 1993, during the opening of the Oscars, a spoof of that Oscar highlight featured Palance appearing to drag in an enormous Academy Award statuette with Crystal again hosting, riding on the rear end of it. Halfway across the stage, Palance dropped to the ground as if exhausted, but then performed several one-armed push-ups before regaining his feet and dragging the giant Oscar the rest of the way across the stage. [18]

He appeared in Cyborg 2 (1993); Cops & Robbersons (1994) with Chevy Chase; City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994), and on TV in Buffalo Girls (1995). He also voiced Rothbart in the 1994 animated film The Swan Princess .

Final years

Palance's final films included Ebenezer (1998), a TV Western version of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" with Palance as Scrooge, Treasure Island (1999), Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (2000) and Prancer Returns (2001).

Palance, at the time chairman of the Hollywood Trident Foundation, walked out of a Russian Film Festival in Hollywood in 2004. After being introduced, Palance said, "I feel like I walked into the wrong room by mistake. I think that Russian film is interesting, but I have nothing to do with Russia or Russian film. My parents were born in Ukraine: I'm Ukrainian. I'm not Russian. So, excuse me, but I don't belong here. It's best if we leave." [19] Palance was awarded the title of "People's Artist" by Vladimir Putin, president of Russia; however, Palance refused the title. [20]

In 2001, Palance returned to the recording studio as a special guest on friend Laurie Z's album Heart of the Holidays to narrate the classic poem "The Night Before Christmas".

In 2002, he starred in the television movie Living with the Dead opposite Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Ladd. In 2004, he starred in another television production, Back When We Were Grownups , opposite Blythe Danner. This was his final performance.

Personal life

Palance lived for several years around Tehachapi, California.

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.

Palance's daughter Brooke married Michael Wilding, son of Michael Wilding Sr. (1912–1979) and Elizabeth Taylor; they have three children. Cody Palance, an actor himself, appeared alongside his father in the film Young Guns .

In May 1987, Palance married his second wife Elaine Rogers.

Palance painted and sold landscape art, with a poem included on the back of each picture. He was also the author of The Forest of Love, a book of poems published in 1996 by Summerhouse Press. [21] He was a supporter of the Republican Party. [22]

Palance acknowledged a lifelong attachment to his Pennsylvania heritage and visited there when able. Shortly before his death, he sold his farm in Butler Township and put his personal art collection up for auction. [23]

The novelist Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and other works, has acknowledged in a 2007 interview that he is a distant nephew of Jack Palance. [24]


On November 10, 2006, Palance died of natural causes at age 87 at his daughter Holly's home in Montecito, California. [25]


Palance has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1992, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

According to writer Mark Evanier, comic book creator Jack Kirby modeled his character Darkseid on the actor. [26]

The Lucky Luke 1956 comic Lucky Luke contre Phil Defer by Morris features a villain named Phil Defer who is a caricature of Jack Palance.

The song, "And now we dance" by punk band The Vandals feature the lyrics, "Come on and do one hand pushups just like Jack Palance.

 Jack Palance was a main character in a 1959 Mexican film entitled, “Flor de Mayo” with famous Mexican actors, Maria Felix and Pedro Armendariz. Of course, Palance spoke Spanish throughout the movie and did a wonderful performance.


1950 Panic in the Streets Blackie Elia Kazan
1951 Halls of Montezuma Pigeon Lane Lewis Milestone
1952 Sudden Fear Lester Blaine David Miller Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1953 Shane Jack Wilson George Stevens Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Second Chance Cappy Gordon Rudolph Maté
Arrowhead Toriano Charles Marquis Warren
Flight to Tangier Gil Walker Charles Marquis Warren
Man in the Attic Slade Hugo Fregonese
1954 Sign of the Pagan Attila Douglas Sirk
The Silver Chalice Simon The Magician Victor Saville
1955 Kiss of Fire El Tigre Joseph M. Newman
I Died a Thousand Times Roy Earle / Roy Collins Stuart Heisler
The Big Knife Charles Castle Robert Aldrich
1956 Attack Lt. Joe Costa - Fox Co. Robert Aldrich
1957 The Lonely Man Jacob Wade Henry Levin
House of Numbers Arnie Judlow / Bill Judlow Russell Rouse
1958 The Man Inside Milo March John Gilling
1959 Ten Seconds to Hell Eric Koertner Robert Aldrich
Beyond All Limits Jim Gatsby Roberto Gavaldón
1960 Austerlitz General Franz von Weyrother Abel Gance
The Barbarians Revak Rudolph Maté
1961 Sword of the Conqueror Alboin Carlo Campogalliani
The Mongols Ogotaï Andre DeToth
The Last Judgment Matteoni Vittorio De Sica
Barabbas Torvald Richard Fleischer
1962 Night Train to Milan Herr Bauer / Schneider Marcello Baldi
Warriors Five Jack Leopoldo Savona
1963 Contempt Jeremy Prokosch Jean-Luc Godard
1965 Once a Thief Walter Pedak Ralph Nelson
1966 The Professionals Raza Richard Brooks
1967 Torture Garden Ronald Wyatt Freddie Francis (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
Kill a Dragon Rick Masters Michael Moore
1968 Madigan's Millions Matteo Cirini Stanley Prager (voice of Riccardo Garrone in the English-language version, uncredited)
They Came to Rob Las Vegas Douglas Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi
The Mercenary Curly Sergio Corbucci
1969 The Desperados Parson Josiah Galt Henry Levin
A Bullet for RommelMajor John Heston León Klimovsky
Marquis de Sade: Justine Father Antonin Jesús Franco
Che! Fidel Castro Richard Fleischer
Legion of the Damned Col. Charley MacPherson Umberto Lenzi
1970 The McMasters Kolby Alf Kjellin
Monte Walsh Chet Rollins William A. Fraker
Compañeros John Sergio Corbucci
1971 Horsemen Tursen John Frankenheimer
1972 It Can Be Done Amigo Sonny Bronston Maurizio Lucidi
Chato's Land Capt. Quincey Whitmore Michael Winner
Sting of the West Buck Santini Enzo G. Castellari
And So Ends(Narrator) Robert Young Voice
1973 Brothers Blue Captain Hillman Luigi Bazzoni
Oklahoma Crude Hellman Stanley Kramer
1974 Craze Neal Mottram Freddie Francis
1975 The Four Deuces Vic MoronoWilliam H. Bushnell
The Great AdventureWilliam Bates Gianfranco Baldanello
Africa Express Robert Preston / Willaim Hunter Michele Lupo
L'Infermiera Mr. Kitch Nello Rossati
1976 God's Gun Sam Clayton Gianfranco Parolini
The Cop in Blue Jeans Norman Shelley / Richard J. Russo Bruno Corbucci
Black Cobra Woman Judas Carmichael Joe D'Amato
Safari Express van Daalen Duccio Tessari
Mister Scarface 'Scarface' Manzari Fernando Di Leo
Blood and Bullets Duke Alfonso Brescia
1977 Welcome to Blood City Frendlander Peter Sasdy
1978 The One Man Jury Lt. WadeCharles Martin
1979 Angels' Brigade Mike Farrell Greydon Clark
The Shape of Things to Come Omus George McCowan
Portrait of a Hitman Jim BuckAllan A. Buckhantz
Cocaine Cowboys Raphael Ulli Lommel
1980 Without Warning Joe Taylor Greydon Clark
Hawk the Slayer Voltan Terry Marcel
1982 Alone in the Dark Frank Hawkes Jack Sholder
1987 Gor Xenos Fritz Kiersch
Bagdad Café Rudi Cox Percy Adlon
1988 Young Guns Lawrence G. Murphy Christopher Cain
Outlaw of Gor Xenos John Cardos
1989 Batman Carl Grissom Tim Burton
Tango & Cash Yves Perret Andrei Konchalovsky
1990 Solar Crisis Travis Richard C. Sarafian
1991 City Slickers Curly Ron Underwood Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1992 Eli's LessonOld PilotPeter D. Marshall
1993 Cyborg 2 MercyMichael Schroeder
1994 Cops & Robbersons Jake Stone Michael Ritchie
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Duke Washburn Paul Weiland
The Swan Princess Lord Rothbart Richard Rich Voice, animated film
1998 The Incredible Adventures of Marco PoloBeelzebubGeorge Erschbamer
1999 Treasure Island Long John Silver Peter Rowe
2001 Prancer Returns Old Man Richards Joshua Butler
2003 Between Hitler and Stalin NarratorSlavko NowytskiVoice

Television movies/miniseries

1956 Playhouse 90 : Requiem for a Heavyweight Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock
1966Alice Through the Looking GlassJabberwock
1968Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeHenry Jekyll and Edward Hyde
1973 Bram Stoker's Dracula Count Dracula
1974The GodchildRourke
1975 The Hatfields and the McCoys Devil Anse Hatfield
1979The Last Ride of the Dalton GangWill Smith
1980 The Ivory Ape Marc Kazarian
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love StoryWhitey Robinson
1981Evil Stalks This HouseStokes
1992Keep the ChangeOverstreet
1994The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost ClassicsDr. Jeremy Wheaton(segment "Where the Dead Are")
1995 Buffalo Girls Bartle Bone
1997I'll Be Home for ChristmasBob
Ebenezer Ebenezer Scrooge
1998The Incredible Adventures of Marco PoloBeelzebub
1999 Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End John Witting
2001 Living With the Dead Allan Van Praagh
2004Back When We Were GrownupsPaul 'Poppy' Davitch(final film role)

Television series

1950Lights OutEpisode: "The Man Who Couldn't Remember"
1952 Westinghouse Studio One Episode: "The King in Yellow"
Curtain Call Episode: "Azaya"
Westinghouse Studio One Episode: "Little Man, Big World"
The Gulf PlayhouseEpisode: "Necktie Party"
1953DangerEpisode: "Said the Spider to the Fly"
The Web Episode: "The Last Chance"
SuspenseTom WalkerEpisode: "The Kiss-Off"
The Motorola Television Hour Scott Malone/Kurt BaumanEpisode: "Brandenburg Gate"
SuspenseEpisode: "Cagliostro and the Chess Player"
1955 What's My Line HimselfMystery guest
1956 Playhouse 90 Harlan "Mountain" McClintock"Requiem for a Heavyweight"
Emmy Award for Best Single Performance by an Actor
Zane Grey TheatreDan MorganEpisode: "The Lariat"
1957 Playhouse 90 Monroe Stahr"The Last Tycoon"
Playhouse 90 Manolete"The Death of Manolete"
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth Circus manager Johnny SlateSeries – top billing, 30 episodes
1964 What's My Line HimselfMystery guest
1965ConvoyHarvey BellEpisode: "The Many Colors of Courage"
1966 Run for Your Life Julian HaysEpisode: "I Am the Late Diana Hays"
Alice Through the Looking Glass Jabberwock(Live Theatre)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Louis Strago2 episodes "The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Parts I and II"
(reedited as The Spy in the Green Hat )
1971Net PlayhousePresident Jackson"Trail of Tears"
1973 The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Himself
1975 Bronk Det. Lt. Alex 'Bronk' BronkovSeries – top billing, 25 episodes
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century KaleelEpisode: "Planet of the Slave Girls"
Unknown PowersPresenter/Narrator
1981Tales of the HauntedStokesEpisode: "Evil Stalks This House"
1982–1986 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Himself – HostSeries
2001 Night Visions Jake JenningsSegment: "Bitter Harvest"

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1953 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Sudden Fear Nominated
1954 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Shane Nominated
1957 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Playhouse 90 Won
1992 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor City Slickers Won
1992 American Comedy Awards Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture City Slickers Won
1992 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actor City Slickers Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture City Slickers Won
1993 Golden Boot Awards Golden BootWon
1993 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Bronze Wrangler – Factual Narrative Legends of the WestWon
1998WorldFest FlagstaffLifetime Achievement AwardWon
2001 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actor Prancer Returns Won
2004Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Back When We Were Grownups Nominated
201220/20 AwardBest Supporting Actor City Slickers Nominated


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