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February 10, 2022

40 Vintage Portrait Photos of Jack Palance in the 1950s

Born 1919 as Volodymyr Palahniuk in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, American actor Jack Palance served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He went on to briefly attend Stanford University before pursuing a career in the theatre.

Palance made his film acting debut in Panic in the Streets (1950). Following his roles in Sudden Fear and Shane, Palance starred as Count Dracula in the 1974 television film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and played crime lord Yves Perret in Tango & Cash (1989). He also served as the host of the ABC television series Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (1982–1986).

Known for playing tough guys and villains, Palance 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 almost 40 years later for his role in City Slickers (1991).

In 2006, Palance died of natural causes at the home of his daughter Holly in Montecito, California, aged 87. These vintage photos captured portraits of Jack Palance in the 1950s.


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