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Also Known As: Died: November 10, 2006
Born: February 18, 1918 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania Profession: Cast ...
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1938:
Became a professional boxer at age 20; reportedly won 18 out of 20 bouts (date approximate)
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Injured throat in last fight; left with signature raspy voice
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Returned to Pennsylvania and worked briefly as a coal miner
1942:
Joined US Army Air Force; involved in plane crash during training
1944:
Left military service; returned to work in the coal mines
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Attended Stanford on the GI Bill
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Worked for a time as a reporter in San Francisco for $35 a week
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While at Stanford, landed role alongside Aline MacMahon in the play "My Indian Family"
1946:
Moved to NYC
1947:
Broadway acting debut, a one-line role as a Russian soldier in "The Big Two"
1948:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway production of "The Silver Tassie"
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Understudied Anthony Quinn in the national tour of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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After returning to NYC, became Marlon Brando's understudy for the Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", staged by Elia Kazan; spotted by 20th Century Fox talent scout when he went on for Brando
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Put under contract by 20th Century Fox
1950:
Film debut in "Panic in the Streets", directed by Kazan
1952:
Received first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "Sudden Fear"
1950:
Walked out on Fox contract when he failed to be cast alongside Brando in "Viva, Zapata!"; role went to Anthony Quinn who won an Oscar
1951:
Returned to Broadway in "Darkness at Noon"
1952:
Received first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "Sudden Fear"
1953:
Cast as the hired gunman in "Shane"; although filmed before "Sudden Fear", "Shane" was not released until the following year
1953:
Received top billing in a feature film for the first time in the Jack the Ripper Gothic thriller, "Man in the Attic"
1953:
First color film, "Second Chance"
1954:
Co-starred in "Sign of the Pagan"
1955:
Spent a summer season at the American Shakespeare Festival in Straford, Connecticut
1955:
Portrayed a movie idol in "The Big Knife"
1957:
Made guest appearance on TV's "The Perry Como Show"; surprised many by displaying his vocal abilities
1957:
Had dual role in "The House of Numbers"
1958:
Lived in Switzerland
1960:
Starred in the title role of the NBC adventure special "Rivak, the Barbarian"
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Starred as Johnny Slate on the ABC TV series, "The Greatest Show on Earth"
1965:
Began playing primarily supporting parts in features with his role in "Once a Thief"
1963:
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard in "Contempt"
1966:
Played the Jabberwock in a one-hour NBC-TV musical adaptation, "Alice Through the Looking Glass"
1965:
Returned to the stage as the King of Siam opposite Celeste Holm's Anna Leonowens in "The King and I" in Anaheim, California
1974:
TV-movie debut, "Dracula"
1966:
Co-starred in "The Professionals"
1968:
Had title roles in the ABC special "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; was injured in a fall during filming and later sued, receiving some $500,000 in damages
1969:
Cast as Fidel Castro in "Che!", the biopic of revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
1973:
Co-starred with George C Scott and Faye Dunaway in "Oklahoma Crude"
1974:
Had title role in the CBS adaptation of "Dracula"
1980:
First TV miniseries, "The Golden Moment--An Olympic Love Story"
1981:
Hosted the special "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"
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Hosted the ABC primetime documentary series, "Ripley's Believe It or Not"
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Hosted the ABC half-hour primetime documentary series, "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"; daughter Holly served as co-host
1987:
Returned to features with his leading role in the adult action-fantasy, "Gor"
1992:
Hosted four syndicated historical documentary specials, "Legends of the West with Jack Palance"
1988:
Portrayed a painter in "Bagdad Cafe"
1989:
Co-starred in "Batman" directed by Tim Burton
1991:
Played Curly, an ornery trail boss who whips a trio of urban dwellers into shape to participate in a Montana cattle drive in "City Slickers"
1992:
Startled audience and gave host Billy Crystal material for quips when he performed a series of one-armed push-ups as part of his Oscar acceptance speech at the Academy Awards ceremony after winning Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "City Slickers"
1994:
Appeared as Curly's twin brother in "City Slickers II: The Secret of Curly's Gold"
1994:
Provided the voice for the sinister villain Rothbert in the animated "The Swan Princess"
1995:
Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Buffalo Girls"
1998:
Played title role in "Ebenezer", the TNT-aired adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
1999:
Cast as Christopher Walken's father in the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End"
2000:
Returned to films after a six-year absence in "Marco Polo"
2001:
Portrayed Long John Silver in feature remake of "Treasure Island"

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