Jack Palance (Performer) | Playbill

Jack Palance


But it was his next film, the iconic western "Shane," that gained him movie immortality. He played Jack Wilson, a laconic, sinister hired gun brought to a western frontier town to dispatch the virtuous title character, played by Alan Ladd. Though the character is on screen for only a short time, Mr. Palance's performance is what many people remember best about the film. Many still consider his portrayal the epitome of the ice-cold professional gunslinger. He won another Oscar nomination for his work.

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  • Also Known As: Walter J. Palance
  • Born: Feb 17, 1919 in Lattimer Mines, PA
  • Death: Nov 09, 2006 in Montecito, California

Roles (5)


Theatre World Awards
1951 Theatre World Award Winner

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