Palance in 1953
February 18, 1919
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||November 10, 2006 87) (aged|
Montecito, California, U.S.
|Other names||Jack Brazzo|
Walter J. Palance
Walter Jack Palance
(m. 1949;div. 1968)
Elaine Rogers(m. 1987)
|Children||3, including Holly Palance|
Jack Palance ( // PAL-əns; born Volodymyr Palahniuk (Ukrainian : Володимир Палагню́к); February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) was an American actor and singer of Ukrainian derivation. 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 is an East Slavic language. It is the official state language of Ukraine and one of the three official languages in the unrecognized state of Transnistria, the other two being Romanian and Russian. Written Ukrainian uses a variant of the Cyrillic script.
The Academy Awards, also officially and popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar".
Jack Palance was born Volodymyr Palahniuk 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. One of six children, he worked in coal mines during his youth before becoming a professional boxer in the late 1930s.
Lattimer is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 554 at the 2010 census.
Anthracite, often referred to as hard coal, is a hard, compact variety of coal that has a submetallic luster. It has the highest carbon content, the fewest impurities, and the highest energy density of all types of coal and is the highest ranking of coals.
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).Years later he recounted: "Then, I thought, you must be nuts to get your head beat in for $200."
A knockout is a fight-ending, winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, mixed martial arts, karate, some forms of taekwondo and other sports involving striking, as well as fighting-based video games. A full knockout is considered any legal strike or combination thereof that renders an opponent unable to continue fighting.
Heavyweight is a weight class in combat sports.
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.
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, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
The United States Army Air Forces, informally known as the Air Force, was the aerial warfare service component of the United States Army during and immediately after World War II (1939/41–1945), successor to the previous United States Army Air Corps and the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force of today, one of the five uniformed military services. The AAF was a component of the United States Army, which on 2 March 1942 was divided functionally by executive order into three autonomous forces: the Army Ground Forces, the Services of Supply, and the Army Air Forces. Each of these forces had a commanding general who reported directly to the Army Chief of Staff.
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.
After the war, he attended Stanford University, leaving one credit shy of graduating to pursue a career in the theatre.
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.
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.
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.
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.Palance received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
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 .
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.
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 .
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."
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).
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.
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).
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).
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."
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.
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 .
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."Palance was awarded the title of "People's Artist" by Vladimir Putin, president of Russia; however, Palance refused the title.
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.
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.He was a supporter of the Republican Party.
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.
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.
On November 10, 2006, Palance died of natural causes at age 87 at his daughter Holly's home in Montecito, California.
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.
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|
|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 Rommel||Major 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|
|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 Morono||William H. Bushnell|
|The Great Adventure||William 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. Wade||Charles Martin|
|1979||Angels' Brigade||Mike Farrell||Greydon Clark|
|The Shape of Things to Come||Omus||George McCowan|
|Portrait of a Hitman||Jim Buck||Allan 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|
|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 Lesson||Old Pilot||Peter D. Marshall|
|1993||Cyborg 2||Mercy||Michael 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 Polo||Beelzebub||George Erschbamer|
|1999||Treasure Island||Long John Silver||Peter Rowe|
|2001||Prancer Returns||Old Man Richards||Joshua Butler|
|2003||Between Hitler and Stalin||Narrator||Slavko Nowytski||Voice|
|1956||Playhouse 90 : Requiem for a Heavyweight||Harlan 'Mountain' McClintock|
|1966||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Jabberwock|
|1968||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde|
|1973||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Count Dracula|
|1975||The Hatfields and the McCoys||Devil Anse Hatfield|
|1979||The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang||Will Smith|
|1980||The Ivory Ape||Marc Kazarian|
|The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story||Whitey Robinson|
|1981||Evil Stalks This House||Stokes|
|1992||Keep the Change||Overstreet|
|1994||The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics||Dr. Jeremy Wheaton||(segment "Where the Dead Are")|
|1995||Buffalo Girls||Bartle Bone|
|1997||I'll Be Home for Christmas||Bob|
|1998||The Incredible Adventures of Marco Polo||Beelzebub|
|1999||Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End||John Witting|
|2001||Living With the Dead||Allan Van Praagh|
|2004||Back When We Were Grownups||Paul 'Poppy' Davitch||(final film role)|
|1950||Lights Out||Episode: "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 Playhouse||Episode: "Necktie Party"|
|1953||Danger||Episode: "Said the Spider to the Fly"|
|The Web||Episode: "The Last Chance"|
|Suspense||Tom Walker||Episode: "The Kiss-Off"|
|The Motorola Television Hour||Scott Malone/Kurt Bauman||Episode: "Brandenburg Gate"|
|Suspense||Episode: "Cagliostro and the Chess Player"|
|1955||What's My Line||Himself||Mystery guest|
|1956||Playhouse 90||Harlan "Mountain" McClintock||"Requiem for a Heavyweight"|
Emmy Award for Best Single Performance by an Actor
|Zane Grey Theatre||Dan Morgan||Episode: "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 Slate||Series – top billing, 30 episodes|
|1964||What's My Line||Himself||Mystery guest|
|1965||Convoy||Harvey Bell||Episode: "The Many Colors of Courage"|
|1966||Run for Your Life||Julian Hays||Episode: "I Am the Late Diana Hays"|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||Jabberwock||(Live Theatre)|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Louis Strago||2 episodes "The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Parts I and II" |
(reedited as The Spy in the Green Hat )
|1971||Net Playhouse||President Jackson||"Trail of Tears"|
|1973||The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour||Himself|
|1975||Bronk||Det. Lt. Alex 'Bronk' Bronkov||Series – top billing, 25 episodes|
|1979||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century||Kaleel||Episode: "Planet of the Slave Girls"|
|1981||Tales of the Haunted||Stokes||Episode: "Evil Stalks This House"|
|1982–1986||Ripley's Believe It or Not!||Himself – Host||Series|
|2001||Night Visions||Jake Jennings||Segment: "Bitter Harvest"|
|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 Boot||Won|
|1993||National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum||Bronze Wrangler – Factual Narrative||Legends of the West||Won|
|1998||WorldFest Flagstaff||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
|2001||DVD Exclusive Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Prancer Returns||Won|
|2004||Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Back When We Were Grownups||Nominated|
|2012||20/20 Award||Best Supporting Actor||City Slickers||Nominated|
William Edward Crystal is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 80s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and as a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live. He then became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), City Slickers (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992) and Analyze This (1999), and providing the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. films starting in 2001.
Walter Matthau was an American actor and comedian, best known for his film roles, including as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, based on the play of the same title by playwright Neil Simon, in which he also appeared on broadway theatre, and notably, opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade. He also appeared in the less successful Odd Couple film sequel some 30 years later, The Odd Couple II. Matthau was known for his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple co-star Jack Lemmon, particularly in the 1990s with Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie. Besides the Oscar, he was the winner of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony awards.
Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress. She is the thirteenth actress in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, winning two Academy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, one Screen Actors Guild Award and five Golden Globe Awards. Additionally, she is the second actress in history to win the Academy Award for Best Actress after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; the third actress and first performer since 1943 to receive two Oscar nominations within the same year; the fifth actress and ninth performer to win Oscars in both the lead and supporting acting categories; and is tied as the sixth most Oscar-nominated actress in history. She is the only performer ever to win Primetime Emmy Awards in both the supporting and lead acting categories for the same miniseries. Lange has also garnered one Critics Choice Award and three Dorian Awards, making her the most honored actress by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association. In 1998, Entertainment Weekly listed Lange among the 25 Greatest Actresses of the 1990s. In 2014, Lange was scheduled to receive a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, though she has yet to claim it.
Harold Albertson professionally known as Jack Albertson, was an American actor, comedian, dancer and singer who also performed in vaudeville. Albertson is known for his role as John Cleary in The Subject Was Roses (1968), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971); Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure (1972); and Ed Brown in the television sitcom Chico and the Man (1974–78). For his contributions to the television industry, Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977 at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard.
María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, better known as Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress of film, television, and theater. Jurado began her acting career in Mexico. She achieved some renown in her country's cinema during the period known as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema (1940s–1950s). In 1951 she was discovered by American filmmakers in Mexico and began her Hollywood career. She acted in notable Western films of the 1950s and 1960s. An exotic beauty, Jurado specialized in interpretations of complex, stereotyped and sexualized women. Her talent for playing a variety of characters helped pave the way for Mexican actresses in American cinema. She was the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in Broken Lance (1954), and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award, for her performance in High Noon (1952).
Jessica Tandy was an English-American stage and film actress best known for her Academy Award winning performance in the film Driving Miss Daisy. Tandy appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV.
Donald McNichol Sutherland is a Canadian actor whose film career spans more than five decades.
Anthony Perkins was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion, but is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and its three sequels. His other films include Fear Strikes Out (1957), The Matchmaker (1958), On the Beach (1959), Tall Story (1960), The Trial (1962), Phaedra (1962), Five Miles to Midnight (1962), Pretty Poison (1968), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Mahogany (1975), North Sea Hijack (1979), The Black Hole (1979), and Crimes of Passion (1984).
Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Edward Allen Harris is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. His performances in Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), Pollock (2000) and The Hours (2002) earned him critical acclaim in addition to Academy Award nominations. Harris has appeared in several leading and supporting roles, such as in The Right Stuff (1983), The Abyss (1989), State of Grace (1990), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Nixon (1995), The Rock (1996), Stepmom (1998), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Enemy at the Gates (2001), A History of Violence (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), Snowpiercer (2013), and Mother! (2017). In addition to directing Pollock, Harris also directed the western Appaloosa (2008).
Lee Ann Remick was an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, and for the 1966 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway theatre performance in Wait Until Dark.
City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film, directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, and Jack Palance, with supporting roles by Patricia Wettig, Helen Slater, and Noble Willingham.
Don Ameche was an American actor, voice artist and comedian. After playing in college shows, stock, and vaudeville, he became a major radio star in the early 1930s, which led to the offer of a movie contract from 20th Century Fox in 1935. As a handsome, debonair leading man in 40 films over the next 14 years, he was a popular star in comedies, dramas, and musicals. In the 1950s he worked on Broadway and in television, and was the host of NBC's International Showtime from 1961 to 1965. Returning to film work in his later years, Ameche enjoyed a fruitful revival of his career beginning with his role as a villain in Trading Places (1983) and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Cocoon (1985).
Jack Klugman was an American stage, film, and television actor.
Elliott Gould is an American actor. He began acting in Hollywood films during the 1960s. In addition to his performance in the comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gould is perhaps best known for his significant leading roles in Robert Altman films, starring in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973) and California Split (1974).
Makoto Iwamatsu was a Japanese American actor, voice artist and singer best known for his roles as Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (1966), Oomiak "The Fearless One" in The Island at the Top of the World (1974), Akiro the Wizard in Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Conan the Destroyer (1984) and Kungo Tsarong in Seven Years in Tibet (1997). Almost all of his acting roles credited him as Mako. He was part of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's 1976 Broadway musical Pacific Overtures, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Sam Rockwell is an American actor. He became known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs (1997), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Moon (2009), and Seven Psychopaths (2012). He has also played supporting roles in The Green Mile (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), Frost/Nixon (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Conviction (2010), and The Way, Way Back (2013).
Samuel Pack Elliott is an American actor. His lanky physique, thick moustache, deep and resonant voice and Western drawl have led to frequent roles as cowboys and ranchers. His accolades include an Academy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations, two Primetime Emmy award nominations, and a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor.
John Joseph Nicholson, known professionally as Jack Nicholson, is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years. He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance, and dark portrayals of anti-heroes and villainous characters. In many of his films, he has played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter", someone who rebels against the social structure.
Tye Kayle Sheridan is an American actor. He is best known for playing Scott Summers / Cyclops in the X-Men film series (2016–2019), as well as Wade Watts in Ready Player One (2018). Sheridan made his feature film debut in Terrence Malick's experimental drama film The Tree of Life (2011) and had his first leading role in Jeff Nichols's film Mud (2012). He also co-starred in David Gordon Green's drama Joe (2013) and the period thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015).
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