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

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

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Panic in the Streets Trailer.

John Landis on Panic in the Streets

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

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Shane Trailer.

The Big Knife (1955)

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Attack (1956)

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Trailer for Attack (1956)

Le Mepris (1963).

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

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Trailer for Le Mepris

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

The Professionals (1966)

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Monte Walsh (1970)

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Chatos Land (1972)

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Baghdad Café


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Young Guns (1988)


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

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Jack Palance Tribute

Jack Palance on Letterman

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