February 18, 1919
Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||November 10, 2006 (aged 87)|
Montecito, California, U.S.
|Years active||1947 – 2004|
Palance began his career by participating in supporting roles in movies like Panic in the Streets (1950), Sudden Fear (1952), Second Chance (1953). One of his most memorable roles was that of gunman Jack Wilson, in the classic western Shane (1953), with Alan Ladd.
His first important lead role was in the (1956) Robert Aldrich war movie, Attack as Lt. Joe Costa. In 1957, he starred in the western The Lonely Man, with Anthony Perkins. And also star works on some classics including Ten Seconds to Hell (1958), by Robert Aldrich, The Barbarians (1960), Barrabas (1961), The Professionals (1966).
He played the role of Fidel Castro, in the movie Che! (1969), with Omar Sharif as Che Guevara. Another role was Capt. Quincey Whitmore, in Chato's Land (1972), with Charles Bronson and directed by Michael Winner.
Palance starred in several horror movies includine Torture Garden (1967), and Craze (1974) by Freddie Francis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde TV (1967), He played the role of Dracula in the TV movie Dracula by Dan Curtis, Alone in the Dark (1982).
He had a long career in television. He starred in the series The Greatest Show on Earth (1962), as Johnny Slate, and played the role of Lt. Alex Bronkov in the crime series Bronk (1975-1976). He was the host of the popular show Ripley's Believe It or Not! (1982-1986).
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