Born Vladimir Palahniuk in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, Jack Palance had one of the most memorable of filmic faces. Today would have been his 88th birthday. Few people know that he was a professional heavyweight boxer in the early 1940s. Fighting under the name Jack Brazzo, Palance  won his first 15 fights, 12 by knockout before losing a 4th round decision to future heavyweight contender Joe Baksi on Dec. 17, 1940. With the outbreak of World War II, Jack Palance’s boxing career ended and his military career began. Wounded in combat, he received the purple heart, good conduct medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. After the war he began his long and famous motion picture career. After a couple of roles in TV series he landed the role of Blackie, a gangster on the run who may, along with the wonderful Zero Mostel, be carrying a deadly plague.

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Jack Palance on What’s My Line

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHcjVgDGffo

Panic in the Streets (1950) Directed by Elia Kazan.

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Panic in the Streets Trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx5NTgtz6U8

John Landis on Panic in the Streets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdKXJ2D3tXk

Shane (1953) Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Ben Johnson, Elisha Cook Jnr.

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Shane Trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTq75HIEjro

The Big Knife (1955)

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Attack (1956)

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Trailer for Attack (1956)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9Iag6SAfKI

Le Mepris (1963).

Starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Palance and Fritz Lang as himself.

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Trailer for Le Mepris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wjDWnKTROI

Possibly an unusual choice by Jean-Luc Godard to use Palance but as he spoke numerous languages fluently a smart one.

Once A Thief (1965)

Starring Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin alongside Palance.

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Once A Thief clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vBp3szdZM0

The Professionals (1966)

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Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE7MSE0bDe8

Monte Walsh (1970)

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http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/monte-walsh-471-p.asp

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDZ2-iZouEw

Chatos Land (1972)

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Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svc2xiESFmk

Baghdad Café

Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G2MEszpox0

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Young Guns (1988)

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Batman (1989)

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Tango and Cash (1989)

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City Slickers (1991)

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Jack’s hilarious Oscar speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGxL5AFzzMY

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Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpxVp1g8xMQ

Jack Palance Tribute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuK4hTRuPfA

Jack Palance on Letterman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-Pi8D2ClmA

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