Actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1991 movie "City Slickers". He also received nominations for the films "Sudden Fear", (1952) and "Shane", (1953). Born the son of a coal miner where he also worked himself, Palance was a professional boxer and trained as a bomber pilot during World War II. In 1942 he crashed during a training flight, which caused severe burns to his face that required vast plastic surgery. The result would leave his face with the distinctive, haggard look that would often have him typecast in villainous roles throughout his career. After some stage experience (notably replacing Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in the original Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire"), Palance gave a memorable performance in his big screen debut in the 1950 film "Panic in the Streets". His other notable roles include the films "Halls of Montezuma" (1951), "The Big Knife" (1955), "Barabbas" (1962), "The Professionals" (1966), "Chato's Land" (1972), "Batman" (1989), "Tango and Cash" (1990) and "City Slickers II"(1994). He also had a successful television career, starring in the series "The Greatest Show on Earth" in the 1960s, "Bronk" in the 1970s, and as host of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" in the 1980s. He also had a memorable performance in the Rod Serling drama "Requiem For A Heavyweight."
Bio by: C.S.
Virginia Baker Palance