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Jack Palance (February 18, 1919 - November 10, 2006) was an Oscar-winning American film actor. With his rugged facial features and gravelly voice, Palance was best known to modern movie audiences as both the characters of Curly and Duke in the two “City Slickers” movies, but his career spanned half a century of film and television appearances.
Palance’s acting break came as Marlon Brando’s understudy in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and he eventually replaced Brando on stage as Stanley Kowalski. In 1947, Palance made his Broadway debut. This was followed three years later by his screen debut in the movie “Panic in the Streets”. The very same year, he was featured in “Halls of Montezuma” about the U.S. Marines in World War II. Palance was quickly recognized for his skill as a character actor, receiving an Oscar nomination for only his third film role, as Lester Blaine in “Sudden Fear”. The following year, Palance was again nominated for an Oscar, this time for his role as the evil gunfighter Jack Wilson in “Shane”.
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”. Four decades after his film debut, Palance won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1992 for his performance as cowboy Curly Washburn in the 1991 comedy “City Slickers”.
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