Jack Palance.Few people know that veteran movie actor Jack Palance was a professional heavyweight boxer in the early 1940s. Fighting under the name Jack Brazzo, Palance a product of Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, won his first 15 fights, 12 by knockout before losing a 4th round decision to future heavyweight contender Joe Baksi on Dec. 17, 1940
THE PROFESSIONALS (1965) - The wife (Claudia Cardinale) of an American businessman is kidnapped & taken into Mexico by bandit leader (Jack Palance) & his gang - Produced & Directed by Richard Brooks - Columbia Pictures - Publicity Still.
Actor, 2nd Lt Jack Palance US Army Air Corps (Served 1942-1944) Short Bio: Palance's rugged face, which took many beatings in the boxing ring, was disfigured when he bailed out of a burning B-24 Liberator bomber while on a training flight over southern Arizona, where he was a student pilot. Plastic surgeons repaired the damage as best they could, but he was left with a distinctive, somewhat gaunt, look. After much reconstructive surgery, he was discharged in 1944.
Jack Palance was a scruffy geezer in "City Slickers", but this is the Jack Palance persona I love with enduring affection. In "Shane," the hat worn by Palance as Jack Wilson was as perfectly evil sartorially as he was as a joyous killer. Wilson's purposefully goaded shoot-down in the street of ex-Confederate Frank "Stonewall" Torrey (Elisha Cook, Jr. who also knows how to wear a hat) is the one of the coldest murders in Western movie history.