Actor Jack Palance, 87 passed away due to natural causes in his home in Montecito, California.  His family was with him
He was best known for winning an Oscar with his comedic self-parody in 1991’s “City Slickers,” died Friday.
His acted various roles in his six-decade career.  When he won the best supporting actor Oscar for playing Curly in “City Slickers”, he held his Oscar in one hand and dropped to the ground and did one-handed push-ups on stage.
This amused the prestigious Academy Awards crowd laughed and gave him a wild applause as he said, “That’s nothing, really. 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.”
It was a magic moment that epitomized the actor’s 40 years in films. Always the iconoclast, Palance had ridiculed most of his movie roles.
“Most of the stuff I do is garbage,” he once said to a reporter, further stating that most of the directors he worked with were incompetent, too. “Most of them shouldn’t even be directing traffic,” he said.
Palance was born Vladimir Palaniuk in Pennsylvania. His family was Ukrainian and his father was a coal miner.
He was a professional heavyweight boxer in the early 1940s, but his career in the ring was halted by a stint in the military.
Palance was wounded in World War II and received a Purple Heart.
His acting break came after the war when the role of Marlon Brando’s understudy in “Streetcar Named Desire” fell on his lap. He replaced Brando for the role of Stanley Kowalski, a working class construction worker with a fierce temper in Tennessee Williams’ classic play.

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