Friday, November 10, 2006

Pennsylvanian Jack Palance Dies

Previously I made a posting, "PA's Jack Palance Sells Personal Items at Auction", about proud Pennsylvania senior citizen Jack Palance, who offered many of his personal possessions for sale on October 12, 2006, at an auction held in Hazelton, PA.

Sadly, on Friday, November 10, 2006, Jack Palance died.

His passing was reported in an article posted on Comcast by the Associated Press here, entitled "Oscar-Winning Actor Jack Palance Dies".

The article begins:

Jack Palance, the craggy-faced menace in "Shane," "Sudden Fear" and other films who turned to comedy at 70 with his Oscar-winning self-parody 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, but his family gave his age as 87. * * *
The article concludes: "Movie audiences, however, were electrified by the actor's chiseled face and hulking presence, and a calm, low voice that made him all the more chilling."

He will be remembered for his brash, tenacious, and iconoclastic approach in a long life. Born in Hazel Township, PA, in 1919, he will remain a famous Pennsylvanian.

Jack Palance: "Do you know what the secret of life is?
One thing. Just one thing.
You stick to that and everything else don't mean shit."

Billy Crystal: "Yeah, but what's that one thing?"

Jack Palance: "That's what you've got to figure out."

-- From the movie City Slickers, as quoted here