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Jack Palance Height, Weight, Age, Death, Net Worth, Biography

Jack Palance Quick Info
Height 6 ft 3½ in
Weight 97.5 kg
Date of Birth February 18, 1919
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Date of Death November 10, 2006

Jack Palance was an American actor and voice artist who gained popularity for playing tough guys and villains. He appeared in various movies such as City Slickers, Panic in the Streets, Shane, Halls of MontezumaSudden Fear, Second ChanceCity Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, Flight to TangierArrowheadMan in the AtticSign of the Pagan, The Silver ChaliceI Died a Thousand Times, AttackKiss of FireThe Big KnifeThe Lonely Man, Ten Seconds to HellThe Man InsideBeyond All LimitsSword of the Conqueror, Once a Thief, The Last JudgmentNight Train to Milan, Torture Garden, They Came to Rob Las VegasMarquis de Sade: JustineLegion of the DamnedIt Can Be Done AmigoSting of the WestAngels’ Brigade, and Treasure Island.

Born Name

Volodymyr Palahniuk

Other Names

Jack, Jack Palance, Jack Brazzo, Walter Palance, Walter J. Palance, Walter Jack Palance

Jack Palance as seen in a publicity photo for the film 'Man in the Attic' (1953)
Jack Palance as seen in a publicity photo for the film ‘Man in the Attic’ (1953) (20th Century Fox / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on February 18, 1919.


On November 10, 2006, Jack Palance died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87 in Montecito, California, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Lattimer Mines, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States





Jack Palance attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a football scholarship but left after 2 years as he was disgusted by the commercialization of the sport.


Actor, Voice Artist


  • Father – Ivan Palahniuk (An anthracite coal miner)
  • Mother – Anna (née Gramiak)
  • Siblings – Jack had 5 siblings.
  • Others – Sanarko Gramiak (Maternal Grandfather), Justina Buczynksi (Maternal Grandmother), Tarquin Wilding (Grandson) (Actor), Lily Spottiswoode (Granddaughter) (Producer, Actor), Spencer Spottiswoode (Grandson)

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $10 Million at the time of his death.



Jack Palance and Sharon Tate pictured during the filming of 'Barabbas' (1961)
Jack Palance and Sharon Tate pictured during the filming of ‘Barabbas’ (1961) (Unknown Author / / Public Domain)


6 ft 3½ in or 192 cm


97.5 kg or 215 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Jack Palance had dated –

  1. Virginia Baker (1949-1968)​ – He got married to Virginia (née Baker) in 1949 and they had 3 children – daughters Holly Palance (b. August 5, 1950) and Brooke Palance (b. February 9, 1952) and a son named Cody Palance (December 1955-July 15, 1998). Jack and Virginia divorced in 1968.
  2. Gloria Grahame (1952) – Jack Palance had an affair with actor and singer Gloria Grahame in January 1952.
  3. Mamie Van Doren (1953)
  4. Allison Hayes (1954) – RUMOR
  5. Elaine Rogers (1987-2006) – In May 1987, he married his 2nd wife Elaine Rogers and they remained together until his death in 2006.

Race / Ethnicity


Jack Palance was of Ukrainian and Polish descent.

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Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Towering height
  • Deep rumbly authoritative voice
  • Often played villains

Brand Endorsements

Palance was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Avis Rent-A-Car (1973)
  • Time-Life Books “Old West” series (1975-1985)
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale (1977)
  • Atari video game system (voiceover) (early ’80s)
  • Mennen’s Skin Bracer Aftershave
  • Taco Bell (1995)
  • Wavy Lays (shown during the Super Bowl) (with Elijah Wood) (1995)
  • Ford pickup trucks (1996)
  • Arby’s roast beef restaurants (1998)
Jack Palance as Count Dracula in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' (1973)
Jack Palance as Count Dracula in ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1973) (EMI Film Distributors Limited / Trailer of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ / Public Domain)

Jack Palance Facts

  1. His parents were Ukrainian immigrants.
  2. He pronounced his last name “PAL-unse” not “pah-LAHNSE”.
  3. During his youth years, Jack Palance worked in coal mines before becoming a professional boxer (under the name Jack Brazzo) in the late 1930s.
  4. He lost to his opponent, future heavyweight contender Joe Baksi, in a Pier-6 brawl rough fight in Jack’s only recorded match as a boxer. He later recounted: “Then I thought, ‘You must be nuts to get your head beat in for $200.’ The theater seemed a lot more appealing.”
  5. Jack Palance was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1992.
  6. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard.
  7. Before making it as an actor, he worked various jobs such as a short order cook, waiter, soda jerk, lifeguard at Jones Beach, and a photographer’s model.

Featured Image by 20th Century Fox / eBay / Public Domain

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