Jack Palance dies at age 87

Jack Palance, the veteran of more than 100 film and TV roles, died Friday in his home in Montecito, California. Palance was 87.

The actor was often cast as an imposing tough guy in countless movies and TV shows, attaining infamy as the villain in the Alan Ladd classic Western, Shane. Palance also did stints on TV classics your Show of Shows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Playhouse 90.

Palance won an Oscar in 1992 for his supporting role in the Billy Crystal comedy City Slickers. The ornery actor assured himself a place in Oscar history when, during his acceptance speech, he emulated his Slickers character Curly by dropping to the floor and pumping out several one-armed push-ups.

"That's nothing, really," he told the Oscar audience. "As far as two-handed push-ups, you can do that all night, and it doesn't make a difference whether she's there or not."

Like many actors who had weathered decades in Hollywood, he had no illusions about some of the productions he had appeared in.

"Most of the stuff I do is garbage," he once said.

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Nov 14, 2006
One of the great one!! for sure
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Nov 14, 2006
He made a great vampire!
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Nov 13, 2006
Jack Palance was the last of an era.
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Nov 13, 2006
a great talent!
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Nov 13, 2006
Good or bad, your small & big screen performances have left an indelible image in my mind. Thanks for a great run. RIP.
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Nov 13, 2006
We have not only loss another great actor, and a true Hollywood Legend, but fan's of at least 3 generations lost yet another "Dear Friend", that they welcomed to see as often as they could on tv. Mr.Palance had many ways that reminded me of my father whom passed before his time. We will miss you dear friend.
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Nov 13, 2006
few like him--he'll be missed
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Nov 12, 2006
I'll remember the 1992 oscar acceptance speech by doing several one-armed push-ups. He'll be greatly missed.
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Nov 12, 2006
was it really that necessary to post it THREE times.
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Nov 12, 2006
He starred in the short lived series Bronk.
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Nov 12, 2006
He also starred in a short lived series Bronk.
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Nov 12, 2006
He also starred in a short lived series Bronk.
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Nov 12, 2006
RIP, i'll miss you =[
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Nov 11, 2006
RIP.
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Nov 11, 2006
How sad, all the great actors are passing away lately. :(
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Nov 11, 2006
I always shows with Jack Palance. I remember vividly watching Ripley's Believe it or Not which he hosted along with his daughter Holly. I'm sorry to hear that he has passed away as it just means there is one less true Hollywood Legend left.
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Nov 11, 2006
He will be missed
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Nov 11, 2006
Jack... you're a legend. We will miss you.
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Nov 11, 2006
I also will miss him for Curly.
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Nov 11, 2006
We will miss him.
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Nov 11, 2006
We have lost another great actor.
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Nov 11, 2006
we will miss you
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Nov 11, 2006
We'll miss your, Curly.
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Nov 10, 2006
Rest in Piece.
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