Square-jawed actor Jack Palance, who won an Oscar late in his career in the comedy City Slickers, died Friday. He was 87.
Palance died of natural causes in his home in Montecito, Calif., surrounded by family, said spokesman Dick Guttman.
Actor Jack Palance poses in Tehachapi, Calif., in this 1997 photo. Less than a month ago, he auctioned off the contents of his Pennsylvania home. The auction included more than 3,000 items collected from around the world.The veteran actor made a name for himself playing a villain in films such as Shane and Sudden Fear before turning to comedy later in his career.
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Palance, who appeared in many Westerns through the years, finally won an Oscar in the Billy Crystal comedy City Slickers at the age of 70.
Upon winning the award, Palance demonstrated his physical prowess by doing a series of one-handed push-ups.
"That's nothing, really," he said. "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."
Working life began in coal mines
The actor came by his tough guy roles honestly. Palance worked in the coal mines as a young man, was a professional boxer and also a pilot in World War II.
He also gained notoriety for his whispered, menacing delivery as host of the 1970s television series, Ripley's...Believe It Or Not.
Less than a month ago, he sold off items from his ranch in California as well as objects in his Luzerne County homestead.
With files from the Associated Press