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Jack Palance was an American actor best known for playing villainous roles in the 1960s and for his award-winning appearance in the film City Slickers.
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During the late 1970s, his credits included a handful of embarrassing foreign films like Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster (1974), The Sensuous Nurse (1976), Welcome to Blood City (1977) and Cocaine Cowboys (1979).
In 1982, Palance’s career received an improbable resurgence when Columbia Studios contracted him as the TV host of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Over the next few years, he appeared in a variety of high profile films, including the blockbuster Batman (1989) and the rollicking comedy-adventure City Slickers (1991), for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Palance reprised his award-winning role in the 1994 sequel City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold.
Jack Palance died on November 10, 2006, at the age of 87. He was survived by his second wife, Elaine, and two children from his first marriage to actress Virginia Baker.
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