Best known for his Oscar winning performance as Curly in City Slickers, Jack Palance was definitely more than just a cowboy.

A proud Pennsylvania native of Ukrainian immigrant parents, his extraordinary athletic prowess was his ticket out of the coal mining area as it won him a football scholarship to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Journalism and Theatre.

His list of accomplishments include:

  • Professional heavyweight boxer, know as Jack Brazzo.
  • Army Air Corps B-24 pilot during WWII. Recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
  • Actor – appeared in over 100 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He won an Emmy (1957) for Best Actor for his performance in Playhouse 90, “Requiem for a Heavyweight.” He was nominated for three Academy Awards, “Shane” (1953), a Western classic, “The Big Knife” (1955), the story of a tormented Hollywood actor, and he won the Best Supporting Oscar for his performance in “City Slickers” (1992). In his acceptance speech, Jack wowed the world with his now famous one-armed push-ups at 74 years young!
  • Painter/artist – His work is owned by a number of well-known collectors.
  • Published poet – Forest of Love, a full-length love story in blank verse.
  • Father to Holly, Brooke and Cody. Grandfather to Lily, Spencer and Tarquin . . . his favorite role!