Friday, November 10, 2006

Vladimir Palahnunik (Jack Palance) dies.


According to the NZ Herald. Oscar-winning actor Jack Palance, who starred as a heartless gunslinger in the classic western "Shane," died at his California home on Friday at age 87, his spokesman said.

Palance, who won an Academy Award for playing a tough cowboy in the 1991 comedy "City Slickers" and famously performed one-armed push-ups on stage at the ceremony, died of natural causes, spokesman Dick Guttman said.

He usually played menacing villains and was also nominated for Oscars for "Shane" and 1952's "Sudden Fear," in which he played opposite Joan Crawford as a man out to kill his wife.

Born Vladimir Palahnuik in Pennsylvania in 1919, he was a professional boxer and a decorated World War Two veteran before his long career in movies. I rememember him as the host of Ripleys Beleive it or not some years ago. He was good at that.

Guttman said Palance died at his home in Montecito, California, surrounded by members of his family.

RIP

2 comments:

Rymann said...

Believe it
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*deep breath
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Or not.



Sad to see him go. Those of you that have not seen "Shane" should rent it, its one of the best in the genre.

Anonymous said...

I always remember him in the following roles,

As Skeletor on He-Man Masters of the Univers, as the bad guy in Young Gun's and as the hardened cowboy in the City slicker movies.

RIP

Maksdaddy