Actor Jack Palance Dies At 87
(AP) LOS ANGELES Jack Palance, the craggy-faced menace in "Shane," "Sudden Fear" and other films who turned to comedy at 70 with his Oscar-winning role in "City Slickers," died Friday.
Palance died of natural causes at his home in Montecito, Calif., surrounded by family, said spokesman Dick Guttman. Palance was 85 according to Associated Press records. The family indicated he was 87.
Palance who was born in 1919, began his film career in 1950 with an appearance in an episode of the television show "Lights Out." He went on to amass a resume of popular appearances in film and television but many were unaware of what he was doing before he became a famous star.
In the early 1940's, before working as an actor, Palance was a professional heavyweight fighter but that career ended when he went off to fight in World War II, where he was awarded a Purple Heart after he was wounded in combat.
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